illy Present Future Award Exhibition: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Vanessa Safavi, Santo Tolone
Andrew Berardini, critic and independent curator, Los Angeles
Gregor Muir, Director, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Beatrix Ruf, Director, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich
Of the five exhibition projects making up the first edition of One Torino, the exhibition presented at Castello di Rivoli is perhaps the one most intimately connected to the activities and spirit of Artissima. The show originates as the natural consequence of the evaluations and reflections expressed by the jury of the illy Present Future Award at Artissima 2012 – consisting of the three exhibition’s curators together with Beatrice Merz, Director of the museum. The jury saw in the works presented by the winning artists in the Present Future section converging themes linked to the most pressing questions and transformations of today’s global world, which prompted the idea of offering the trio the chance to take part in a group show at Castello di Rivoli.
Under the curatorship of Andrew Berardini, Gregor Muir and Beatrix Ruf, the exhibition brings together in a single curatorial itinerary the three ex aequo winners of the illy Present Future Award 2012: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala), Vanessa Safavi (Switzerland), and Santo Tolone (Italy), presenting works that for the most part have not yet been seen and were created especially for this occasion on an encounter that sets the three artists in a dialogue through references, sequences and juxtapositions across the ample third floor space of the Castello.
By referring to Mayan geometry and Guatemalan modernism altogether, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa interlaces in his work the obsessions and elements that connect the dark dreamlike world of his childhood of the ’80s with the historical, political and social reality of Guatemala. From drawing to performance to video installation, physicality and self-irony become instruments in his works for pointing out complex and often violent realities.
Vanessa Safavi constructs mysterious artificial scenarios with very different materials. Sand and silicone and even sound installations become references to nothingness and to contemplation, but they are also self-portraits and intimate refuges. A protagonist in her work is often an absence through objects that apparently elude their own meaning.
Santo Tolone proposes a series of formal sculptures of apparently ordinary elements that when oversized acquire completely different interpretations. Destabilization, alienation, and reversal are the effects of a work that plays with the idea of scale and perception and which, ironically, often shifts attention to the observer.
ONE TORINO is a major exhibition project curated by seven international curators in the city’s main institutions and venues of contemporary art.
ONE TORINO is the first edition of a new annual initiative, conceived and produced by Artissima in collaboration with museums and foundations in the city, which is aimed at placing Torino at the centre of an important cultural dialogue about contemporary art by consolidating its position as an experimental and dynamic art capital and by promoting both its contemporary and historical identity.
ONE TORINO comprises five independent yet interlinked group shows at Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, GAM Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Fondazione Merz, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, and Palazzo Cavour – a magnificent historical venue in the town centre.
ONE TORINO is an all-new event of international prominence which will be inaugurated on the occasion of Artissima 2013 and will draw the national and international public to the city from 7 November 2013 to 12 January 2014. Through the voices and visions of its invited curators and their exhibitions, it will bring to Torino revived energy, innovative languages and approaches, and important new works by more than 50 artists from around the world.
ONE TORINO is developed and produced by Artissima.
In collaboration with the city’s main museums and foundations.
Regione Piemonte, Provincia di Torino, Città di Torino
With the generous support of:
Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, Camera di commercio di Torino