Special project...Flashback is opera viva

Erika Nevia Cervo, Utile

Erika Nevia Cervo, Utile “Useful” (May, 2020)

Flashback, all art is contemporary


The flashback special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto

Erika Nevia Cervo
Utile (Useful, 2020)

Inauguration Thursday, June 3rd, 6.30 p.m. 
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)

The second poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by the Flashback art fair is inaugurating in piazza Bottesini on Thursday, June 3rd at 06:30 p.m. and live on – @flashbackfair: Utile (useful) by Erika Nevia Cervo (2020)

After the laid table of senzazioni by Emanuela Caruso, which came to light at the artist’s home in Palermo in the month of March of this year, the phase we are witnessing – as narrated through the works of the winners of the call for the sixth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano – is now continuing with Utile, the poster by Erika Nevia Cervo. The photograph portraits a situation that was impossible, at least in last year’s May: an orderly, outdistanced row of people in front of the lowered shutter of Multicinema Modernissimo in Naples. 

Friends and acquaintances of the artist made themselves available to the development of some sort of “painting” which reproduced a condition which was unfortunately far from reality, and – therefore – of suspended normality. A network of institutions and associations (composed by artistic collective ABC, by the Nation 2.0 platform – whose headquarters are in Dubai, in the Arab Emirates – by Mincione Edizioni and by Spazio Y from Rome) invited the artist to develop a work on the concept of basic necessities

The result is the project condensed in this image: a criticism to the rhetoric of the “primary needs goods” that characterized this year of pandemic, mainly at its initial stage: a rhetoric linked to criteria of efficiency and productivity which – by its own nature – has largely removed culture, its working realities and places.  

As the artist herself states: “In the very first period of the ‘Covid era’, in full lockdown, I suffered from the basic needs diktat: a stage where the Italian government, forgetting the essential significance of the cultural production, was hurrying to give to the first aid to the industries. Amongst the darting of the police trucks, in a surprisingly deserted Naples, did I gather a small group of people (mainly actors, artists and musicians) who would stand in a row in front of a closed movie theater”.

Erika Nevia Cervo is therefore reflecting on this theme starting not only from her own artistic vision, but also from her own life experience and profession, which is linked to the theater. Thus, the row patiently waiting in front of the multiplex movie theater (with the playbills of Volevo nascondermi and Parasite, i.e. of the last pictures watched before a very long interruption, to portrait a precise historical and collective moment) renders the image of a condition that is still extremely current after exactly one year. 

What these people and this image are stating is that art and culture are primary, essential goods; they are useful by definition and – as such – they should be available to everybody, at any moment. 

Erika Nevia Cervo deals with the rediscovery and regeneration of the self through sculpture. The artist uses different materials and media depending on the expressive needs. She is a co-founder of studio Cervo, in the historical center of Naples. Graduated at the High School of Arts and Bachelor in Archeology and History of Art at University Federico II in Naples, Erika was selected at the call Reclaim of Cheap festival 2020, poster billposting in via Marchesana in Bologna. She won the Exibartloves Verona 2018 contest and she is the author of photograph publication “psnluci” on issue 102 of Exibart paper edition.

Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, senzazioni

Flashback, all art is contemporary


The flashback special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto

Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso
senzazioni (2021)

Inaugurating Wednesday 5th May, at 06:30 pm
in Piazza Bottesini, Turin
and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)

The first poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by the Flashback art fair is inaugurating in piazza Bottesini on Wednesday May 5th at 06:30 p.m. and live on – @flashbackfairsenzazioni by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (2021).  

The first poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano sixth edition – amongst the eight winners of the open call, is by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (who had already won the call in 2019). The photograph shows a bird’s eye view of a table dressed and full of dishes, cutlery, glasses, bottles and food remains: on the tablecloth do we recognize writings, drawings and messages.

They are the traces of a complex project titled senzazioni (feelings), which involved the artist – who moved to Palermo last year, right at the beginning of the pandemic – and a group of friends and acquaintances. The work, which was built day after day, is focused on relationship, exchange and experience. This work lives in close dialog with the physical and regulating context it was born in and – in particular – with the social limits due to Covid that came into force this spring. The D.P.C.M. of March 2nd 2021 states: ““Within the Regions the measures established for the orange area apply to, the displacement to only one inhabited private housing facility is allowed once a day – in a timeframe between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. – and within the limit of two people in addition to those who are already living together there.”

The table set by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso by the occasion was not cleared up for eleven days, and it hosted three breakfasts, four lunches and seven dinners for twenty-five guests, divided by two at the time The result is a set of photographs – amongst which the one that has been selected for the poster – that document the moments of dialog and meeting. Of course, a work of such kind transcends the visual evidence, and lives mainly in the dimension of direct experience and of the subsequent recalling. 

As the artist states: “senzazioni is a collective work, made of ideas, laughs, silence, embarrassment, encounters and separations.  We have been together in full safety and we have left dishes, cutlery, glasses, drawings, notes and food remains as a spontaneous trace for those who would come afterwards. It was a precious, intimate opportunity to see the others and deeply recognize them. sensazioni is a group photograph – in time and space – which tells a certainty: at the basis of life and art there lie the human relationships, which can sicken, but also heal us”.

This idea of the human relationship which can treat and heal us is the result of a reflection that has been carried forward throughout last year, and produced by the huge mutation we are all witnessing. Just in a moment where meeting people , the other, is so difficult, this project claims the significance and need of this dialog, of this listening, even though in full compliance with the  rules. This reveals as a precious core the need of the individuals to be themselves once they gather around the table, to give the best of oneself, to transform – spontaneously overcoming any temptation to stand out and any urge to be at the center of attention.

Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (1983) was born, lives and works in Rome. Photographer and performer, she exhibited in significant events and attended several residences: Indian Pavilion at the Biennial of Prague, 2011; Biennial of Venice, 2013; Macro, 2014; Salon, 2015; BoCS Art, 2017.‎  She started her career as a professional actress and now she is a visual artist, who currently live in Palermo. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, her work is characterized by the use of photography, drawing and performance; a work that suites the situations where she has to act. Emanuela’s interest focuses on the relational processes she witnesses first-handily in an always wide diversified time, whose results are disclosed through works on paper, photograph prints and performances.

Opera Viva, il Manifesto…Open Call

Expiry date March 22nd 2021

The terms are open – up to March 22nd – to participate to the fourth edition of the call for visual artists

a project by Alessandro Bulgini
curated by Christian Caliandro

>> download the call

The Call dedicated to the artists who want to put themselves at stake confronting the territory of neighborhood. Barriera di Milano in Turin is opening for the fourth consecutive year.

Since 2015, many have occupied the 6 x 3 space for public billposting in piazza Bottesini in Turin. Both very young and well-known Italian and foreign artists have dealt with the territory, taking the challenge of creating a work that could enter the lives of the neighborhood’s inhabitants with force and respect, accompanying their routine day after day 

This year, 8 artists (9 in total) – like the whole project – “Flashback, all art is contemporary “, are called to participate, with no limits of age or nationality, time or space. The jury charged to select the projects shall be composed, like in the previous years, by artists, curators, art critics and museum directors. 

The term for the shipment of the materials is established by Monday, March 22nd 2021.

The Project 
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto, is an urban art project that adds meaning to the concept of public art thanks to the use of the pre-existent in conceiving the artwork – in the specific case a 6x3m municipality space for public billposting (cimasa 50530)   in Piazza Bottesini in Turin (Barriera di Milano, a multi-ethnic neighborhood) – interpreted by national and international artists throughout the year.

The project develops around a precise idea of the relationship between art and public space, and of the function of a work within an urban context and community.

Through this operation, Flashback connects different areas of the city of Turin and different time zones (the ancient, the modern and the contemporary in its beginning), believing that art must leave the institutional spaces, go down to the road, stretch towards reality, constantly move through it, happily integrate into the dimension  of everyday’s existence,

“Il Manifesto”
A 6x3m poster in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini pulses in the heart of Barriera di Milano, i.e. one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Turin, rich in history, identity and future, thanks to artists of different background and style,  who though share an original innovative approach to the artistic practice.

The life streaming
For each new poster, a life streaming shall involve the protagonist artist, the creator, the curator and those who are responsible for the project. All of them shall be enabled to participate and intervene. The meeting is aimed at analyzing in depth the meaning of the poster, the poetry of the artist and the motivations that have made him/her deal with the territory.

The exhibition
During the five days of event Flashback, all art is contemporary, in Turin the first week of November, the images of the posters – as well as all the collected fragments of life -shall be gathered to tell the window, open on the world and for the world.

The talk
An appointment of discussion on the meaning of “public art” is developed every year in the Art Lounge of the fair that – in 2021 – reaches its ninth edition: an analysis of the function of the artwork as agent-reagent within a community, starting from Turin’s experience.

The labs
A pedagogic project, born with the will of extending and narrating the reflections on the theme of the use of art as cultural experience of awareness and citizenship, which involves the primary and grammar schools of the neighborhood. The students shall be the protagonists of a four-appointment experience that starts from the narration and from the visit to the posters which will be developed.  

>> For further information: operaviva@flashback.to.it

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto 2021
Open call for visual artists
Expiry date March 22nd 2021

Open call results

The open call to participate to the edition 2020 of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, The Billboard is officially closed.
Today we are revealing the names of the members of the jury: starting from the box on the top left, the chessboard opens with Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe, Flashback directors; in the centre, the creative mind of the project Alessandro Bulgini, visual artist who chose Barriera di Milano district as studio; Christian Caliandro, curator of the project and art historian, follows. Below, from the left, Alessandro Rabottini, independent curator and artistic director of Miart Milano, Luca Zuccala, journalist and art critic, Alvise Chevallard, president of Fondazione Artegiovane in Turin, and Laura Cionci, among the artists who participated to the 2019 edition. 

All of them have been involved in evaluating the proposals of many artists who have participated from all over Italy (and not only) and have selected the works of Noura Tafeche and Luigi Presicce that you will admire from 2 September (the first one) and from 30 September (the second one) in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini, where – since six editions – art is more contemporary than ever. 
Furthermore, this year Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, The Billboard doubles by rewarding also Gianmarco Cugusi and Luisa Turuani, third and fourth classified artist (alphabetical order), who will see exhibited their works during November and December.

Iginio De Luca “Another round another race”



Iginio De Luca
Another round another race (2020) 

9 June – 12 July 2020
Roundabout of Piazza Bottesini, Turin

The second billboard of the fifth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback, the art fair whose claim is “all art is contemporary” (Turin, Pala Alpitour 5 / 8 November 2020), shall be inaugurated live on Facebook – @flashbackfair – on Tuesday 9 June at hrs. 19.  
The billboard will be visible in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini for everybody since the 9 June in the morning.

The theme Flashback selected this year – for its eight appointment – is Ludens, inspired to the fanciful humorous tale “Unicorn Variations” by Roger Zelazny and to the works of Johan Huizinga. Thus, playing as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity. 

In these months of emergency, lockdown and forced pause – also in the sequence of these images, which traditionally mark the approaching steps to the fair – many things have changed around and within us: the life conditions, the awareness of what is happening, the fears and hopes that concern both the present and the future. 

Then, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano is restarting from this image, which Iginio De Luca developed for the project: a small camper which has been abandoned for years, an old Mercedes model parked in Rome, close to the Baths of Caracalla. The camper is an explosion and an accumulation of objects, colors, kitsch and vernacular languages, amongst flags, pennants, exotic fans, scale models and toys. Patriotic, religious and sport souvenirs. They are, as the artist himself states, “emblems of an indiscriminate nostalgic accumulation, which clumsily decorate a vehicle allocated to travel, but which has not been traveling for a long time.  An aware or unconscious forced pause, which entrusts the mapping of a national affective touristic geography to the dynamic memory, which collects and withholds the sounds and images of its displacements”.

This work turns out – if possible – to be even more relevant now than when it was proposed: the title Another round another race evokes the funfair, a challenge and a wager, the restarting after every failure, seen like a mirage. The constant necessary illusion that the game, every game underlies, as any ludic attitude.  

This comical and – at the same time – sad fairground booth is the effective metaphor of a collective condition: a visionary monument to falling and rising again, a lost dream, which is parked there, waiting perhaps for a new, possible future. To restart the journey, against any expectation, against any rational thought. 
To have another round, another race.        

Iginio De Luca is a polyhedral Italian artist: musician, visual artist, video maker and performer. In the last few years, his poetics mainly focused on the production of videos, of photographic images, but also of what he defines blitz. Considering them between urban art and performances, the artist performs actions sometimes flying over with aircrafts, sometimes projecting images or inscriptions onto buildings during fast night raids, sometimes ever arriving in places with elements of strong disturbance and visual impact, such as fake electoral billboards. Hybridizing ethics and aesthetics, technology and behavioral actions, De Luca claims the interaction with the environment and the public, denouncing – between irony and engagement – the crisis of values of our times.  The use of multiple different linguistic registers has always characterized his projects and – subsequently – his methodological and operational choices, hinting that the common denominator lays in the need to unhinge the certainties, to break up the codes of the expressive formalization, to ambush reality, taking it by surprise from behind.  Decoding the plot of the spider net woven by the artist, making up acrobatic balances between signs of different nature, is up to the public, who are called to an active participation by a questioning that cannot be evaded. 
Even though he is working on several fields, a unit of concept can be recognized in Iginio de Luca’s poetry, which qualifies as one of the most original artists of the current Italian scenarios. 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “il Manifesto” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
2nd Artist: Iginio De Luca, Another round another race (2020) 
From 9 June to 12 July 2020

With the support of the Municipality of Turin
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

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Nomadic Words

Flashback talk 2019

The Flashback talk appointments shall be present in this edition as well: the space dedicated to the in-depth analysis of the artistic phenomena, a lounge dedicated to the disclosure and lucid digression, with guests and experts who will discuss and question themselves on the nomadic nature of art and on its power to overcome borders and boundaries, which would be insurmountable by other means.

>> Friday 1 november 2019

Fabio Cammarata. Errando e Progettando > h 11.30
Curated by Iconica
In jeweller’s craft, “wandering” through experimentations often leads to unexpected results with aesthetic and physical effects that are unusual and heterogeneous. Fabio Cammarata says: “… Experimentations go on, just like the design, a modus operandi made of strict rules but whose final effects are often surprising and different from one another. That is the reason why my jewels often seem to belong to hands that worked with different ‘eyes’…”
>> Fabio Cammarata (Designer), Monica Bruno (Iconica)

Homme canette > h 15
The poetic recycling of material abandoned from contemporary consumption.
>> Cristina Pistoletto (artist), Eddy Ekete (artist), Simona Amelotti (MetaCritikVision). Moderator: Fabio Vito Lacertosa (musician and critic)

“GIACOMO BALLA. Nato Torino. Pittore futurista (La magia caleidoscopica di Casa Balla)” > h 17
Giacomo Balla, feasible futurism: wandering between the real and the virtual. 
Balla House – in the Parioli district until 1926, then in Delle Vittorie district – it always presents itself as a breeding ground to invent, plan and realize objects useful for work but also beautiful and magical.
>> Patrizia Balla (heiress Giacomo Balla), Vittorio Balla (heir Giacomo Balla), Elena Gigli (Archivio Gigli per l’opera di Giacomo Balla), Edoardo Bosi (responsabile Art Advisor Azimut Capital Management), Alessandro Guerrini (Art Defender)

>> Saturday 2 november 2019
Mario Davico 1920-2010> h 11.30
Curated by Pino Mantovani
Texts by Flaminio Gualdoni, Cristina Valota, Franco Fanelli, Riccardo Cavallo
In the intellectual and existential free zone of the studies, only painting counts, beyond any circumstances, any possible nominalism, any worldly event. The whole life of Davico focused on painting, which the artist wanted to be “absolute”, limitless, boundless and conditionless, independent from time and inherently self-sufficient and ‘perfect’.
Presentation of the monography published by Umberto Allemandi
>> Pino Mantovani, Franco Fanelli e Andrea Balzola

Arti decorative e Art Design. Passi nel tempo tra Unicità e Serialità > h 15
Art or design? Both. A double overturning of perspective: at the beginning, the decorative arts in their uniqueness, later the twentieth-century design, whose main concern was reproducibility. Today we notice an increasing interest towards costumization and a heavier hybridization with Art. The result is a renegotiation of the traditional borders between the two fields.  
>> Davide e Gabriele Adriano (Adriano Design) > Vanessa Carioggia (Casa d’Aste Sant’Agostino) > Roberta Verteramo (Art designer). Moderator: Davide Alaimo (architect, critic and design historian) 

Fake, plagi e falsi d’autore > h 15
Curated by La Stampa
Consequences and curiosities of feigning the thruth.
>> Luca Ferrua (La Stampa), Gipo Di Napoli (Bandakadabra), Roberto Mastroianni (philosopher and Chairman of Museo Diffuso della Resistenza)

>> Sunday 3 november 2019

Esercizi di sguardo. Cultura e percezione del quotidiano > h 11.30
Our viewpoint is molded by social and historical constructs that shape our perception of landscape, everyday life, space and art. Artists in particular have an important role into revealing, in every age, horizons invisible to most people, yet indispensable to imagine the dimensions of future.
>> Luca Dal Pozzolo (Director Osservatorio Culturale del Piemonte), Michela Casavola (Art critic) 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano & Gli Erranti > h 15
From drawn fireworks to a nun and little devil sharing a bus, from stray dogs wandering through the ruins of a Turkish castle to the declaration of an uncertain and immortal love, until the “solar sculptures for castaways”: this year the five billboards of Opera Viva Barriera di Miano shown in Piazza Bottesini confronted themselves with Flashback’s Wanderers, with the vagrancy in time, in space and feelings. The project inventor, Alessandro Bulgini, will discuss about them with curator Christian Caliandro and two of this edition’s protagonists: Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso and Laura Cionci.
>> Alessandro Bulgini, Christian Caliandro, Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, Laura Cionci 

Hommes canette Eddy Ekete > h 16
With the participation of Vincent Lebubura Nzau
Presented by CasaBottega
A Golem, aroused from a will of power, walks around, dances and moves producing a clang of metallic noises with a joyful and festive rhythm. “‘L’Homme canette” is the poetic recycling of material abandoned from contemporary consumption with a hint to the ancestral culture of Africa.

Nomadic sounds

curated by Mauro Battisti e Ivan Bert

Flashback sound, the space dedicated to music, this year plays on the double meanings of ‘errare’ – both ‘to wander’ and ‘to be wrong’ – and ‘time’ – understood as pace and rhythm. The projects of Flashback sound move in the border zone between improvisation and sheet music, in its most diverse variations, with propensity for jazz and crossover that are tailor-made for the spirit of this edition. 

30 October > h 18.30 (upon invitation) >> Nina Simmons
Davide Vizio > live electronics
Jacopo Albini > tenor saxophone and clarinet From jazz to nu-black, from dub music to the ethnic music of all continents, the thematic lines and improvisations of Jacopo Albini warmly dance of Davide Vizio’s groovy electronic, ambient hypnotic productions.

Nina Simmons

31 October > h 18.30 >> Onda Próxima
Gilson Silveira > percussions, voice
Nico Di Battista > 7-chord bass, voice
Two eclectic artists of great sensitivity for a magic meeting between the Mediterranean and Brazil: Neapolitan tropicalia, this is the term that was purposely created by Silveira and Di Battista for a music that blends the Mediterranean lyrics to the lively rhythmic colors of South America and the wholly Neapolitan pathos, to the light catching world of Brazilian music. 

Onda Próxima

1 November > h 18.30 >> KALA
Gianni Denitto > alto sax, live electronics
Ricky Akasha > visual design
Upon conclusion of his latest tour, which touched the four corners of the world, saxophonist Gianni Denitto is presenting “KALA”: a spectacular logbook where the sounds of world music intersect electronics to form an accurate, seductive musical plot that narrates places and personal stories.


2 November > h 18.30 >> X-Moon
Ivan Bert > trumpet, prepared trumpet, live electronics
Mauro Battisti > bass, live electronics
Ricky Akasha > visual design
What happens when an expedition heading to the Moon finds itself by mistake amongst unexpected cosmic panoramas? This is X-Moon’s immersive journey: a message in the bottle thrown, between space-rhythms and psychedelic soundscapes, by two special, involuntary time wanderers.