Flashback, all art is contemporary The Flashback special project, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto
The 8 women artists who won the Opera Viva call and the first poster:
“senzazioni” by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (2021)
Wednesday May 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Piazza Bottesini, Turin
Contemporary art has not stopped, in spite of the color changes and the several lockdowns. The artists have continued reflecting on the current situation as well as on the world to come. The reference to the pandemic in progress could not help surfacing also in the response of the eight women artists who won the call launched by Flashback, all art is contemporary for Flashback è Opera Viva, aimed at developing a large-sized poster, which will be posted every month, starting from May 5th2021, in piazza Bottesini, cimasa 50530 – the very heart of neighborhood “Barriera di Milano” in Turin.
“In this seventh edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto – underlines Christian Caliandro, curator of the project and member of the selection jury – all the eight winning posters have been developed by women artists: the result was not expected, but I am glad about it because I believe it reflects this significant historical moment. The winning images narrate – each with its own approach and style – well the complex phase we are witnessing, without ever being moralistic. Political consciousness, attention to nature and to the environment, resistance, centrality of the relationships, fatigue and repetition but – mainly – hope and the conquest of a new awareness are the themes the public will be able to read in the posters”.
By this project – devised by artist Alessandro Bulgini in 2015 – the municipal space, which is conventionally reserved to advertising billboards, will host the work of an artist and accompany the people throughout the year, becoming part of their days and thus underlying the “everyday” function of art within a context and in an urban community. Throughout the years, 34 national and international artists have been involved in this large project of outdoor art patronage.
The first of the nine posters, which will follow one another in piazza Bottesini in the forthcoming months, will be inaugurated – also live on Facebook on channel @flashbackfair – on Wednesday May 5th at 6:30 p.m. The work that is opening this year’s urban art cycle is strong and meaningful for the time we have witnessed and are witnessing: “senzazioni” (feelings) by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso.
The artists who won the seventh, 2001 edition, besides its creator Alessandro Bulgini, are: Ilaria Abbiento, Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, Federica Belli, Maria Paola Infuso, Erika Nevia Cervo, Federica Peyrolo, Lucrezia Testa Iannilli and Tatiana Villani.
Members of the selection jury: Alessandro Bulgini, visual artist and creator of the project, Turin; Christian Caliandro, curator and art historian, Bari; Iginio De Luca, artist, Rome; Fulvio Gianaria, chairman of OGR, Turin; Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe, Flashback’s directors, Turin; Diego Sileo, curator of PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan.
Opening…live on Facebook (@flashbackfair) Wednesday 16 December…hrs. 18:30 14 December 2020 – 3 Gennaio 2021 Piazza Bottesini, Turin
The eighth poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by the Flashback is inaugurating on 16 December at 18:30 live on Facebook – @flashbackfair from piazza Bottesini But this is not the day (2020) by Luisa Turuani.
The theme of the Flashback fair is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game thus meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world.
This year, the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano project, which was usually ending at the end of the fair held in Pala Alpitour, has extended in time – thanks to the support of Turin’s public and private institutions – with two additional works: the one by Gianmarco Cugusi, which was presented on 25 November, and the one by Luisa Turuani, who ranked immediately after the two winners of the open call (i.e. Noura Tafeche and Luigi Presicce) in the jury’s assessment.
Luisa Turuani’s work is a “varying time performance”: the ice cream is melting slowly, leaking along the arm, the colors are blending and overlapping. The reference to the Statue of Liberty recalls an idea of liberation, whilst the “melting” event points out to a sort of ironic paralysis, of a tragedy that does not ignite and constantly folds on itself. This therefore generates a thin tension between drama and irony, between action and inaction.
The one of Luisa Turuani is an image on time and made of time, in the flowing of time and on its stopping, crystallizing: time as duration, but also as moment, as metaphysical suspension, as a fixed image that includes and does not contain.
As the authoress writes in its presentation of the poster: “The action addressees a cul-de-sac, nobody will come, but – should anybody arrive – he/she would want to not be there. Nothing happens except the evidence, the glorious majesty of the pleasure of being now.”
Luisa Turuani (Milan, 1992), lives and works in Milan. After studying sculpture at Brera’s Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Luisa Turuani has investigated the human nature through the desires Man invests on the objects Recent personal and collective exhibitions include: Domani Qui Oggi (Tomorrow, Here Today), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma; Artagon Live, Paris, 2019; GQ-Passion for the path of art, Cardi Gallery, Milan, 2019; BienNoLo, Milan, 2019; UKYA City Take Over, Nottingham, 2019; Non sto più nella pelle (I am too excited), Brescia, 2019; Vanno e vengono dalle mie mani,(They come and go from my hands)), Varese, 2018; Tirarsi fuori (Extricating oneself), P420 Gallery, Bologna, 2017, Artagon III, Paris, 2017. She participated to several awards: in 2019 she was amongst the winners of Premio AccadeMibact, of Premio O.R.A. and she was a finalist of Premio Laguna; this same year, she won Premio Combat for the video section. In 2018, she won Premio Nocivelli and she was a finalist at Premio Fabbri and Premio Arteam.
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro VIII Artist: Luisa Turuani, But this is not the day (2020) From 14 December 2020 to 3 January 2021
With the support of Città di Torino, CCIAA of Turin and Fondazione CRT Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6
Flashback, all art is contemporary LUDENS Extended Edition 3 November 2020…7 March 2021
Giammarco Cugusi Pay the move. Of a precarious integration (2020)
Opening…live on Facebook (@flashbackfair) Wednesday 25 November…hrs. 18:30 23 November – 13 December 2020 Piazza Bottesini, Turin
The seventh poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback art fair, is inaugurating Wednesday 25 November at hrs. 18:30 live on – @flashbackfair from piazza Bottesini in Turin. The work is You pay the move. Of a precarious integration by Giammarco Cugusi (2020).
The theme is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game thus meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world.
This year, the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano project, which usually ended at the end of the fair in Pala Alpitour, is being extended through time – thanks to the support of Turin’s public and private institutions – like the fair itself in its online version (https://www.flashback.to.it/it/expo-2020/). There will be two further appointments with the 6×3 poster in Piazza Bottesini, from now to December with the works by Gianmarco Cugusi and Luisa Turuani, which ranked immediately after the two winners of the open call in the jury’s assessment.
The work by Cugusi is part of a series of 45 photographs shot by the cellphone, a project that is currently in progress and is the result of a collaboration with organization Save the Children and with the community of the Milan’s community of Giambellino. For months, the author has been collecting images of the boys and girls of the neighborhood playing the “pay the move” game.
How does it work? If you look into the hole formed by the fingers – but you must not – you receive a blow, i.e. you are paying for making a wrong move. “Paying the move” becomes a metaphor of social exclusion, of paying for a wrong look, and drives its roots in the condition of social and economic disadvantage these adolescents are witnessing; the pay the “precarious integration”, which often risks to turn into actual marginalization, yet, they show their will to get into touch.
As the author, Giammarco Cugusi, wrote in the motivation that accompanies the presentation of his work: “I believe it is right – today more than ever – that these girls and boys do not pay the move, but – rather – they return it. In this game, there is no violence, but the adolescent will to touch, feel, know each other. In this period, which is strongly characterized by the social distancing, where these girls and boys have suffered the reclusion in narrow and sometimes overcrowded spaces, I believe this simple gesture of closeness and – somehow – of revenge is even more meaningful. A great “pay the mode” is fated to all that will pass – either voluntarily or by chance – in front of that large adverting billboard”.
Giammarco Cugusi’s work is a reflection dedicated to a community that – even though it knows the “margin” and lives in it – shows and demonstrates us what loving, being together, living with the other and with the others in the difference means: the relationship, in its pure, more interesting and radical form, means being able to think with (“compensate” as Donna Haraway writes), and to think like the other, to be the other and his/her thinking, idea, vision of the world and world itself.
Giammarco Cugusi (Bergamo, 1991), lives and works in Milan. After graduating in visual and performing arts at IUAV in Venice, he attended the Master in Fine Arts a Kask & Konservatoriun in Gent (Belgium). He is co-founder and member of XRIVISTA, contemporary art magazine and of 27metricubi, an itinerant space dedicated to the young artists. His personal and collective projects have been exhibited at fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa and Spazio Punch in Venice at Mediterranea 17 in Milan, at Manifesta 12 Collateral Events in Palermo, at the Central Saint Martins of London, at Jeune Création of Paris and at Museum MACRO in Rome
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020 A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro 7 Artist: Giammarco Cugusi, Pay the move. Of a precarious integration(2020) From 23 November to 13 December 2020 With the support of Città di Torino, CCIAA of Turin and Fondazione CRT Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6
Flashback, all art is contemporary LUDENS Extended Edition 3 November 2020…7 March 2021
Alessandro Bulgini Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che?
Opening…live on Facebook (@flashbackfair) Friday 30 October…hrs. 18:30 26 October – 22 November 2020 Piazza Bottesini, Turin
On 30 October at hrs. 18:30live on Facebook – @flashbackfair from Piazza Bottesini, there will be the opening of Opera Viva, 13 verticale: Che?, i.e. the work by Alessandro Bulgini, the deviser of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project curated by a Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback.
The theme selected this year by Flashback is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world.
Alessandro Bulgini’s poster summarizes somehow the tale composed by the other artists and transfers it onto another plan. An old man completing crosswords, lazily sitting on a deckchair, in a pinewood close to Livorno last summer. The framing of the image deprives him of his head: it beheads him. On the leg, he shows a tattoo with Ernesto Che Guevara. The title of the work – 13 verticale: Che? – is intentionally ambiguous, ambivalent: the fights of the past, the dream of revolution, the visage of Che as a symbol of rebellion, are nowadays dimensions relegated to the memory, as if they were blended together in the after-history. Thus, the current condition is not much the one of surrender but – rather – of rest, of the end of all the battles, which are fading – perhaps definitely – into oblivion. In this case, the reference is to the famous Man Without Head photograph (1993) by Joel Peter Witkin, an image the author used to consider one of the saddest ones he had ever composed: a man who is still wearing his socks (a symbol of everyday and normality) is sitting without his head, i.e. deprived of his identity. Also, and manly for this, the photographer intends to honor Man and the unsustainability his condition represents. The old man with his beer guts, who is devoting to crosswords on the deckchair, is the symbol of a warrior spirit which has nowadays fully slumbered, in a present where the prevailing dimension is – in the end – perhaps not the one of failure, but the one of a serene, soothing despair, which is noble, in spite of everything.
A lucid and though critical analysis on the condition of contemporary man, always in imbalance between action and inertia, between simulation and reality, between revolution and preservation.
Alessandro Bulgini was born in Taranto in 1962; he lives and works in Turin. After his degree in theater scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, he lived in various Italian towns: Rome, Milan, Livorno, Venice, Genoa, and Taranto, to which he owes the absolute independence and individuality of his work. Difficult to be assimilated and framed into any artistic current, Alessandro Bulgini utilizes a wide spectrum of means to narrate and act with and on laterality, diversity, physical and cultural suburbs. Painting, photographer, video, performances and new media are all means to talk about the invisible and show how much the oblique look may show other, different and viable pathways. Several one-man and collective shows, both in Italy and abroad with the cycles of works: “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” starting from 1993 and “Hairetikos” since 2001, amongst which we remind Fondazione Volume!, Rome – Centre International d’accueil et d’echanges des Recollets, Paris, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris, New York – Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome – Castello di Rivara, Rivara – Sound Art Museum, Zerynthia, Rome – CIAC, Castello Colonna, Genazzano – Castello Sforzesco, Milan – Castello Cavour, Santena – Cordy House, London – Fondazione 107, Turin – La Triennale, Milan – Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida – Loft Project Etagi, Saint Petersburg , Russia – Museo Ettore Fico, Turin – HVCCA, Peekskill, NY- Biennale Democrazia, Turin. In 2008, the painting work Hairetikos makes a further displacement with the addition of the Opera Viva cycle, by which he has also joint Facebook, since his inscription on 15 November 2008, Opera Viva, which is still in progress, is a social work that resorts to the active contribution of all its participants: a work through which the artist develops innovative modalities of artistic use of both the network and the territory. Hence, the inauguration of the B.A.R.L.U.I.G.I. project (Opera Viva) from a bar in the suburbs, it states the simple rules to turn existent spaces (such as bars, butcheries, private houses or full villages) into creative welcoming spaces without any filters, free of charge and no profit, such spaces are connected to one another through individual Facebook pages, under of the same banner of the b.a.r.l.u.i.g.i. Logo. 19 of them have been developed the world over. After the closure of the b.a.r.l.u.i.g.i. basis, he deployed his activities even further to the territories, with the intention of contributing to let them be known better. Starting from his own neighborhood, Barriera di Milano in Turin, whose sidewalks he starts to “decorate” with the chalks (Decoro Urbano in Barriera di Milano 2014, 2015) and not only (Opera Viva, Tatuaggio per Barriera, 2018), (Opera Viva, Orto Urbano in Barriera di Milano, 2018), (Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, Affissione, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) etc. Then, Opera Viva activates eclectically for the towns for the towns of Taranto (Taranto Opera Viva), Cosenza (Cosenza Opera Viva), (Opera Viva, The Legends of Peekskill, NY. A shot for a wish) Peekskill – New York, USA, Livorno and then again for the Building of Via Cuneo 5 bis (Turin, headquarter Aurora) with the Arte In-Stabile project, for the hospital of S. Anna in Turin, for the town of Imlil in Morocco, for the Jungle refugee camp of Calais (Opera viva, the Jungle), for the grammar and primary schools (Opera Viva, Scuola di Volo) and for all those territories that need and will need it, developing an innovative methodology that boasts elements of both public and relational art. A commitment towards the collectivity, which needs to be involved and represented, in the belief that art must enter the everyday life to re-generate and be actually “alive”.
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020 A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro 6° Artist: Alessandro Bulgini, Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che? (2020) From 26 October to 22 November 2020 With the contribution of Città di Torino, CCIAA of Turin and Fondazione CRT Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6
Flashback, all art is contemporary LUDENS…Extended Edition 3/8 November 2020… spread venues! 11/3/2020 – 7/3/2021…online!
Opening > Piazza Bottesini (Turin) and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair) Wednesday 7 October, hrs. 18:30 28 September – 25 October 2020 Piazza Bottesini, Turin
Harlequins of heaven, by Luigi Presicce the fifth poster of the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, which is also the second winning work of the Flashback fair open call, is being inaugurated in Piazza Bottesini in Turin, on 7 October at hrs. 18:30. and live on Facebook – @flashbackfair.
The theme selected this year by Flashback, all art is contemporary, is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and as sacred activity.
In this fall, which is rich of uncertainties, but also of expectations, the fall of an unexpected year, this image tells us of some happiness that is still and always at hand, just because – as Maïmouna Guerresi, Iginio De Luca, Serena Fineschi and Noura Tafeche have shown us throughout this pathway since February – after every defeat there is a restart, after you drop you raise again, both individually and collectively. Even though we are perfectly aware of the issues and crises the contemporaneity is going through, even though the Western societies are showing all their cracks (which the virus has widened and made even more visible), in spite of all this and just because of it we must not give up our passionate love for existence.
What is important is to keep the correct state of mind, i.e. the opening to the unexpected, that only the game allows practicing and training. This opening, this availability is of course marvelous and terrible at the same time, distressing and sublime. As Caetano Veloso said the day after the election of Jair Bolsonaro: “Be careful. Now, everything is in jeopardy, everything is different, even though it remains marvelous. We need to be vigilant and strong. We have no time for death”. Or, according to another version: “Attention. Everything is dangerous now. Yet, everything is divine and marvelous”.
This is what is stated in Luigi Presicce’s poster, which is also animated by a deep visual culture that nourishes itself, for instance, of the magic realism of authors such as Massimo Bontempelli, Gino Severini and Alberto Savinio, as well as of that metaphysical attitude that lays at the origin of every authentically Italian art.
Born in Porto Cesareo (Lecce, Italy) in 1976, Luigi Presicce lives and works in Florence. He has attended Accademia di Belle Arti di Lecce, choosing deliberately not to discuss his thesis. His work was clearly influenced by his independent studies. In 2007, he participated to the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive (Senior Course in Visual Arts – CSAV) at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como with American artist Joan Jonas. In 2008, within the framework of Artist in Residence, he participated to the workshop in Viafarini in Milan with American artist Kim Jones. In Milan, he founded Brownmagazine – with Luca Francesconi and Valentina Suma – in 2008 and then Brown Project Space, of which he curates the programming. In 2011, he founded “Archiviazioni” (exercises of investigation and discussion on contemporary Southern Italy), with Giusy Checola and Salvatore Baldi in Lecce. In 2012, he participated to Artists in Residence in MACRO, Rome, extending his invitation to nine other artists (Laboratory). Since 2010, with Luigi Negro, Emilio Fantin, Giancarlo Norese and Cesare Pietroiusti, he has been involved in the Lu Cafausu project, which promotes La festa dei vivi (The party of the living beings, who reflect on death) and with which he was invited to AND AND AND at dOCUMENTA13, Kassel. Since 2016, he has been a founding member of Fondazione Lac o le Mon, in San Cesario di Lecce. Since 2017, he has been part – with Francesco Lauretta – of Scuola di Santa Rosa, a free school of design based in Florence and in New York. He was selected for Studio Program 2018 at Artists Alliance inc, New York and TAD Residency at Monastero del Carmine, Bergamo and Lacasapark, Gardiner, NY in 2019. In 2018 and 2019, he devised and curatedSimposio di pittura at Fondazione Lac o le Mon, a residence/platform focused on Italian painting of the last 30 years. In 2018, he curated Extemporanea-play, at Trebisonda Spazio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Perugia and Forme uniche nella continuità dello spazio (unique forms in the space continuity) at Rizzuto Gallery, Palermo, in 2019 Facciatosta Records, by Enne Boi at Toast project space, Florence. He is currently involved in the development of a performing cycle that started in 2012, whose theme are Le Storie della Vera Croce (The Stories of the True Cross) and in a touring training project for young artists called L’Accademia dell’immobilità (The Academy of Immobility). He developed performances at Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice (2010), Thessaloniki Performance Festival, Biennale 3, Greece (2011), Reims Festival Scènes d’Europe, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, France (2011), Màntica festival, Cesena (2011), Corpus, MADRE, Naples (2012), We Folk – Drodesera Festival, Centrale Fies, Dro (2012), Art City Bologna 2013, Bologna (2013), CastelloInMovimento, Castello di Fosdinovo, Massa Carrara (2013), ARTDATE 2014, Bergamo (2014), Il teatro dei luoghi Fest, Lecce (2014), Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany (2015), MAMbo Bologna (2015), Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2015), Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno- Capannori, Lucca (2016), Le Murate, Florence (2016), Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Istituto Svizzero di Cultura, Venice (2017), Fondazione Lac o le Mon, San Cesario di Lecce (2017, 2018), MAP Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City (2018), Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato (2018), Cuchifritos Gallery, New York City (2019), Pelanda, Mattatoio, Rome (2019), Metodo Milano, Milan (2019). He won the ’Epson Art Prize, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2007), Premio Talenti Emergenti, CCC Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2011), Long Play, MAGA, Gallarate (2012), Icona, ArtVerona, Verona (2014), Level 0, ArtVerona, Verona (2015). He was a finalist at Premio Moroso, second and sixth edition with special mention (2011, 2017), at Premio Maretti, second edition with special mention, L’Avana (2014), at Premio Fondazione VAF, seventh edition, Germany (2016) and at Premio Anna Morettini, first edition, Paris (2017).
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020 A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro 5th Artist: Luigi Presicce, Harlequins of heaven (2020) From 30 September to 25 October 2020
With the contribution of Città di Torino and Fondazione CRT Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6
Flashback, all art is contemporary VIII ed. LUDENS 5 / 8 november 2020 Pala Alpitour, Turin
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