United Kingdom - London - FormContent21/05/2009
UNITED KINGDOM - LONDON - FORMCONTENT
FormContent is a curatorial project space, initiated in 2007 by Francesco Pedraglio, Caterina Riva and Pieternel Vermoortel in London's East End. Its mission is to create a space in which to experiment with ideas and exhibition formats, to foster an active collaboration between artists and curators while challenging their roles.
Lost in your eyes/Foreign Correspondent
April 30 - June 28, 2009
Foreign Correspondent is a 1940 thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock which tells the story of Johnny Jones, an insubordinate American reporter, sent to London from New York to investigate a series of events that eventually unveil a European conspiracy leading to the events of a fictionalized Second World War .
Lost In Your Eyes was born as group show conceived by Jon Cuyson and Dominic Mangila and presented at Le Roy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York at the end of 2008. Paul Pfeiffer, Manuel Ocampo and David Medalla were invited by the initiators to contribute an image, idea or an object that would trigger a response from the other 35 participating artists. The exhibition catalogue for Lost In Your Eyes is available to view at FormContent. FormContent was invited to curate the London segment of Lost in your Eyes, for which we debated for some months on possible ways of tackling the exhibition and came to the conclusion to focus on two artists' practices whilst developing new works.
Participating artists: Aoife Collins, Maria Taniguchi and Signals
The young people visiting our ruins see nothing but a style
June 18 - August 30, 2009
The GAM- Turin Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art has invited FormContent to plan its upcoming exhibition and to apply their distinctive and independent curatorial practice to a more institutional space than the one they usually move to. In fact, throughout the years, the FormContent curators have developed a personal working method, which particularly distinguishes them from the more classic exhibition practice that is commonly used by big institutions like our museum. They have introduced an exhibition concept where curators, artists, exhibition spaces and the artworks are in constant dialogue. The result of such approach is an engaging set-up offering a significant insight of what the new GAM exhibition season will be like.
The exhibition is entitled after Jean Cocteau's observation: "From 1917, when he was fourteen, Raymond Radiguet taught me to distrust the new if it had a new look, to run counter to the fashions of the avant-garde. this puts one in an awkward position. One shocks the right. One shocks the left. But, at a distance, all these contradictions come together under one label. Clever the one that can sort this out. The young people visiting our ruins see nothing but a style. The age called 'heroic' displays nothing but its daring. (...) This phenomenon of perspective does not concern youth. Youth can only assert itself through the conviction that its ventures surpass all other and resemble nothing."
The exhibition will showcase a substantial number of works by artists born between the 1970s and the 1980s, displayed alongside artworks of some of the 20th century masters from the GAM permanent collection. The exhibition will account for some of the most representative artistic investigations of the last few years, highlighting their manifold relations to 20th century art. For the first time, the selected works by young artists such as Clément Rodzielski, Florian Roithmayr, Michael Dean, Vanessa Billy, Isabelle Cornaro, Thomas Hauseago, Salvatore Arancio, Andrea Büttner, Francesco Barocco and Steven Claydon, will be displayed in a public space in Italy.
This young generation of artists will convene with the works of masters such as Felice Casorati, Dadamaino, Giuseppe Penone, Sol Lewitt, Richard Serra and Giulio Paolini. The coexistence of historical and contemporary artworks will emphasize the multiple intertwined forms that make up the plot of historical references of our present time. It aims to relate different artistic languages through different exhibition styles and to illustrate how different generations of artists develop some common theories.
The accompanying catalogue will be published by Kaleidoscope, featuring color illustrations and contributions by the curators and art historians specialized in the subject.
via Magenta, 31
10128 Torino, Italy
Eppur si muove [And yet it moves]
May 8 - June 21, 2009
The true method for making things present is to place them in our space (and not us in theirs). That is why only anecdotes have the power to move us. (Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, conceived in 1927 - unfinished). It seems as though when artists deal with data, documents or moments from collective or personal histories, their ways of relaying them, acting upon them or even modifying them, are close to Benjamin's aforementioned potential of the anecdote and its retreat from messianic historicism. In this exhibition the anecdote does not depend on the viewer's empathy with the story told, but allows the event to be seen through diverse temporalities.
The exhibition comprises works by Rosa Barba, Emanuele Becheri, Eva Cenghiaro, Rä di Martino, Patrizio di Massimo, Caterina Nelli, Giulia Piscitelli, Moira Ricci, Davide Savorani and Elisa Strinna.
Eppur si muove [And yet it moves] is curated by Inti Guerrero (Colombia/the Netherlands), Julia Kläring (Austria) and Pieternel Vermoortel (Belgium/UK), fellows of the third edition of the curatorial residency of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Fondazione Edoardo Garrone coordinated by Ilaria Bonacosa.
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo