Opening October 5th 2012
public meetings from 2:00 p.m.
official opening of the exhibitions: 6:00 p.m.
For the 15th edition of the yearly review Art at the Centre, centred this year on the relationship between art and urban transformation, Cittadellarte will be opening in its spaces:
A Life in Common
art&culture changing key aspects of urban life
Exhibition curated by Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen (STEALTH.unlimited)
and Juan Esteban Sandoval (Cittadellarte)
Participants: Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Pravo na Grad – Right to the City (Zagreb),
Stroom Den Haag (The Hague), Macao (Milan), Row Houses Community Development Corporation (Houston), aaa (Paris), Smári McCarthy / IMMO (Reykjavik)
Collezione FRAC Piemonte – Fondo regionale Arte Contemporanea
UNIDEE in progress | open studio
open studio curated by UNIDEE – University of Ideas
UNIDEE 2012, artists in residence in Cittadellarte:
Ayman Alazraq (Palestine) | Lindsay Benedict (USA) | Angela Henderson (Canada) | Dina Karaman (Russia) |
Karl Logge (Australia) | Hektor Mamet (Switzerland / Poland) | Alecia Neo (Singapore) | Marta Romani (Italy) | Shah Zaman (Pakistan) | Meghna Singh (India)
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Project curated by n.o.v.a. civitas, Cittadellarte, Politecnico di Torino, Architettura senza frontiere
workshop: construction of a building in rice straw, international conference and Bioarchitettura exhibition
The residency culminates in UNIDEE in Progress - Open Studio, where the residents show their "work in progress" developed during the four-month stay. UNIDEE in Progress focuses on the process of feedback, and promotes interaction and dialogue between participants and visitors.
Coordination and concept by Juan Esteban Sandoval and Paolo Naldini
ARTInRETI refers to both the establishing of a network of institutions and independent associations – some historical, other younger – which have been operating in Piedmont with particularly significant past or current projects, and the networking activities with different subjects, situations and realities required or determined by the development of the projects themselves. Networks born from dynamics of horizontally expanding relationships, visualized on a wall of the exhibition space in the form of a constellation.
ARTInRETI comes from an idea and an action of establishing a connection among artistic practices whose activators – artists, curators, cultural actors – share the same vision and the same questions about the sense of art and its social function today. In spite of their variety and their differences, the projects in the exhibition remind one of the other in their modalities and their objectives, in a continuous interconnection which creates a common communicative “environment”. A network that, in respect of the uniqueness of its participants, presents itself as a “critical mass” present and active in the territory, able to have a dialogue with the public administrations for the proposition and the discussion of valuable cultural politics.
As the subtitle says, the exhibition focuses on artistic experiences from Piedmont, because this region, first among all and for several years, has promoted theoretical thinking and innovative planning on the relationship between art and public context. However, it is the first step of a bigger cultural project, whose content is still in fieri, aiming at going beyond the regional dimension and, moving centrifugally from Piedmont, becoming a permanent observatory on the relationship between artistic practices and the urban transformation in act in our country.
Participants: 6secondsTO (Turin), a.titolo (Turin), Acting Out (Turin), Asilo Bianco (Ameno), Banca della Memoria ONLUS (Chieri), Eco e Narciso (Turin), Kaninchen-Haus (Turin), Par coii bsgna semnà/Chi semina raccoglie (Frassineto Po), PAV-Parco Arte Vivente (Turin), Progetto Diogene (Turin), Urbe-Rigenerazione Urbana (Turin)
FRAC Piemonte, born in 2007, is a unique and innovative choice that puts Piemonte Region as an avant-guard in Italian cultural policies that support contemporary art. The Fund is finalized at purchasing of works by international young artists who have been selected to take part in Artissima, the international fair of contemporary art in Turin. The Fund is aimed at making the public, and in particular the younger generations, aware of the new trends of contemporary art, through a cultural and didactical activities program. Since 2011 Frac Piemonte has in Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto a permanent base for preservation, storage and exhibiton.
For the third time, the collection of the Fondo Regionale per l’Arte Contemporanea (FRAC) of the Piedmont Region is exhibited in the Fondazione Pistoletto. Starting in June 2012, this year’s curator Lucrezia Cippitelli, together with the residents of UNIDEE, began a process of unpacking the collection, asking questions to reinterpret and rework the works themselves. This critical approach continued further questioning the role of contemporary art at large, focusing on how to extend the potential of a given work to wider and different audiences, and to reconceptualise how works are read by the usual suspects.
Deconstructing a standard curatorial system which generally organises selected artworks under a predefined theme – as an act of induction – this year’s FRAC e xhibition h as b een d riven b y a collective practice of dialogue and interpretation. The result is a curatorial perspective developed as deduction: after a deep cooperative analysis, the selected works emerged as a necessary choice, linked to the research of each individual of the curatorium but joined by a quest for a connection with wider social contexts.
The final selection of artworks converges under the subject “Memory and place disclosed”. Memories and places are the fragments of stories and history which artists like Kuśmirowski, Campbell, Oppenheim, Buche (and others) explore and narrate in their works. Disclosure refers to the open process of collective interpretation of these works and to the attempt to share them with a wider public and in multiple ways. Place disclosed also unpacks processes of reenactment, where elements of the FRAC works become part of, or fuel for, the creative process of the residents of UNIDEE.
Memory and place disclosed presents the act of disclosing and upacking as an exhibition, merging works of the FRAC collection, works of UNIDEE residents and a documentary revealing this complex process.
UNIDEE residents 2012: Ayman Alazraq, Lindsay Benedict, Angela Henderson, Dina Karaman, Karl Logge and Marta Romani, Alecia Neo, Meghna Singh .
frac-lab: Ayman Alazraq, Lindsay Benedict, Angela Henderson, Dina Karaman, Karl Logge, Hektor Mamet, Alecia Neo, Marta Romani, Shah Zaman, Meghna Singh.
Conceptual design: Dina Karaman
Documentary: "Back to the people", directed by Ayman Alazraq
6:00 p.m. official opening of the exhibitions and awarding of the Minimum Prize to the artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk
from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. performance by UNIDEE/FRAC_BLACK FLAG
welcome and introduction by Paolo Naldini, Director of Cittadellarte
Francien van Westrenen (Stroom, The Hague)
Rick Lowe (artist, initiator Row House Community Development Corporation, Houston)
Gertrude Flentge (DOEN Foundation, funder of sustainable, cultural and social pioneers, Amsterdam)
Luca Zevi (architect, curator of Padiglione Italia at Biennale di Venezia)
Jeanne Van Heeswijk (artist)
moderating: Cristina Gabetti
Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist
Lucien Kroll, architecto
Davide Biolghini, economist
Marco Romani, agronomist - Centro Ricerche dell’Ente Nazionale Risi
Fabiano Franco, doctor
Fabio Pettirino, anthropologist
Gianni Cagnazzo, architect
Director: Paolo Naldini
assistant: Elisabetta Rattalino
Exhibition Project Manager: Alessandro Lacirasella
Press and Communications Office: Margherita Cugini
Graphic Design: Liudmila Ogryzko
Editor: Luca Furlan