What does it mean to be a fair dedicated to experimentation and research?
The question is addressed by Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, confirmed as artistic director of Artissima 2015, the first Italian art fair that involves a big number of curatorial committees, projects, juries, prizes (six for this edition) and foreign participating gallery (67%). Artissima is also the first Italian art fair to engage museums and institution, not ashamed to offer a commercial showcase also for performance presented by the galleries (PER4M program); furthermore for the first time Artissima proposes a free art advisory service in collaboration with Unicredit group.
In the section Present Future, dedicated to emerging, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (Gallery Caroll / Fletcher, London) intertwined stories of revolutionaries and protesters and thinking over the role of the artist as a rebel in a radical perspective; Alina Chaiderov (Galerie Antoine Levi) hides in a closet bunches of bananas (Before 1989 We kept the bananas in the Closet) recalling the charm of exoticism and rarity of the tropical fruit like it was in her imagination as a child grew up in the USSR. While Danilo Correale uses Marx’s Capital to sabotage Amazon, buying and returning books suggested by the software of the e-commerce (Galleria Raucci / Santamaria), the Palestinian Hazem Harb in the series of collages Archeology of Occupation presents historical photographs of Gaza earlier exodus (1948) where the landscape, desolate, is cut by geometric inserts (ATHR Gallery). It is worth dwelling on the installation by Hannah Perry (Seventeen, London), underground and sensual at the same time, the artist makes a collage of video (film and digital), electronic sound and textual suggestions with erotic themes.
Back to the Future, the historical section of the art fair, focuses this year on the decade 1975-1985 presenting a kaleidoscope of trends minimalist, conceptual, duchampian… Among the artists are reported Vincenzo Agnetti (Galleria Zero), Josef Bauer (Unttld, Vienna) Nanda Vigo (Ca ‘di Fra’, Milan; Allegra Ravizza, Lugano) and Pisani (Cardelli & Fontana, Sarzana).
An interesting selection of works from Turin’s collections and museums is presented in the section “In mostra” curated by Stefano Cagol and inspired by the concept of “inclinazione”, rather than philosophical (the reference is to the text of the philosopher Adriana Cavarero), characterized by a radical fil rouge, “disequilibrant” to quote Ugo La Pietra, artist also starring at PAV Museum, along with Baruchello and Gilardi, showing in the exhibition curated by Marco Scotini.
Very high quality of the proposals for the Main Section. In our “top ten”: Galleria Continua (San Gimignano), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Galerie Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), Smac (Cape Town), Sommer Contemporary (Tel Aviv), Eleni Koroneou (Athens), Galerie Emanuel Layr ( Vienna), Lia Rumma (Naples), Brand new gallery (Milan), Peres Projects (Berlin).
In the top five of the galleries New Entries section: Piero Atchugarry (Pueblo Garzon), Cinnnamon (Rotterdam), Hester (New York), Ornis A.Gallery (Amsterdam), Alexander Levy (Berlin).
The opening of Artissima was animated several times by a couples fight: it is the performance of Francesco Pedraglio (Norma Mangione Gallery, Torino), a plot of bickering with literary-theatrical references that reflect the dualism between reality and representation. The program of PER4M see the participation, among others, of Flavio Favelli (Francesca Minini / Studio Sales of Norberto Ruggeri), Chiara Fumai (APalazzo Gallery), Massimo Grimaldi (Zero …).
For a break we recommend the VIP Lounge, redesigned as a large baroque installation by Maurizio Vetrugno.
Cover image: credits Giorgio Perottino
6, 7, 8 November 2015
Oval Lingotto, Torino
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