Curva Blu is INCURVA’s artist residency programme.
Curva Blu unfolds in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, on the Island of Favignana, a diverse natural environment, a territory of possible exploration and discovery.
The project aims to offer a place for artists who search a totally unique condition, where geographical, historical, and social characteristics can become sources of inspiration, base for experimentation, new dialogues and exchange. Since its inception, Curva Blu, focuses on a dialogue between the participating artists and the territory.
The third edition of Curva Blu, held in September and October 2018, employs the concept of dialogue as a dialectical form of encounter and exchange. For this edition the curators have invited: Giulia Cenci (Italy),Diego Marcon (Italy), Lydia Ourahmane (Algeria) and Megan Rooney (Canada) .
The artists will use the time offered on the island to research and deepen themes and processes already present in their work, whilst being contaminated by communal living and the territory.
By using personal artistic processes and discourses as creative point of departure we wish to initiate new forms of artistic production focused on collaboration, encouraging also new critical perspectives and visions.
Marianna Vecellio and Attilia Fattori Franchini
The 2018 artists in residence are:
Giulia Cenci (b. 1988, Italy)
“[…]Made of ash bones, rubber, resin, graphite powder or marble dust, Cenci’s works display a sense of balance between the exigencies of ‘final’ form versus the sculptural process, oscillating between energies toward stasis and toward growth. […] Cenci’s works express an oscillation between the formal necessities of abstract sculpture – the constraints of natural gravity, for instance, or of material specificities of forms such as plaster or resin. […] In Cenci’s interests in the relationship of casts, as the units of reproduction, to notions of form, Cenci’s work contains an astute linking of the category of artistic ‘form’ with the mechanical notion of ‘format’.” Pablo Larios, Text from Deep State, catalogue of the exhibition at DeAteliers, Amsterdam 2017.
Recent exhibitions include: String figures: narrative practices, Fondazione Baruchello, Roma; That’s IT!, MAMBO, Bologna – Hybrids, Lustwarande, Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, park De Oude Warande, Tilburg (NL) all 2018; ground-ground, SpazioA, Pistoia IT; a través, Carreras Mugica (Hall), Bilbao ES; Offspring 2017 DEEP STATE, De Ateliers, Amsterdam NL, all 2017.
Diego Marcon (b. 1985, Italy)
Diego Marcon (b. 1985, Italy)
Poised between cinema and visual arts, Diego Marcon’s works feature the use of both video and 35mm, 16mm, and Super8 film. The artist uses different processes to explore the potential of the various media by using different techniques: intervening directly on the film with painting and etching, by way of traditional animation and, more recently, via the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI). Diego Marcon has been shortlisted for 2018 MAXXI Bulgari Prize and won the 2018 Henraux Foundation Sculpture Award.
His works have been screened in international film festivals and shown in institutions such as: Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK); Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris, FR); De Vleeshal (Middelburg, NL); Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’Île de Vassivière (Vassivière, FR); NAI – Netherlands Architecture Institute (Rotterdam, NL); Artspace (Auckland, NZ); OCAT (Shanghai, CN); Matadero (Madrid, E); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, IT); Museo Villa Croce (Genoa, IT); PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (Milan, IT); Museion (Bolzano, IT); MAXXI (Rome, IT) and La Triennale di Milano (Milan, IT).
Lydia Ourahmane (b. 1992, Algeria)
Lydia Ourahmane research-driven practice tests the permeability of boundaries and the state of being in-between. She archives, stages, and animates the many restrictions placed on the freedom of movement of colonized bodies, drawing on stories from her home country of Algeria—from land made toxic by foreign oil companies and chemical plants to public squares where only fictional protests receive police protection. Born in Saïda, she now divides her time between Oran and London. – Chantal McStay, BOMB Magazine 15th March 2018.
Recent exhibitions include: Manifesta 12, Palermo; Droit Du Sang (blood right), Kunstverein Munchen, Munich; Acts of Translation, MMAG Foundation, Amman; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Songs for a Sabotage, New Museum Triennial 2018, NY; all 2018.
Megan Rooney (b. 1986, Canada)
Megan Rooney is an enigmatic storyteller; her work expands across painting, performance, written and spoken word, sculpture and installation. The artist summons a cast of recurring characters that expand and contract across ephemeral incarnations: the self is not solid, nor are its narratives. Rooney’s references engage with materiality and the human subject, they are deeply invested in the present moment: the festering chaos of politics with its myriad cruelties and the laden violence of our society, so resident in the home, in the female, in the body. These recurring characters are neither reliable nor empathetic. For the viewer of the work, they hover somewhere between identification and critique, while also suggesting that each iteration of her work is merely a fragment of a larger whole, a gesamtkunstwerk that is ordered by no single framing mechanism. Rooney lives and works in London.
Recent exhibitions include: Another Banana Day for the Perfect Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Cuckoo till I come back, DREI, Cologne; (X) A Fantasy, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, all 2018; MOMMA! MOMMA!, Tramway, Glasgow; Hullabaloo, Cordova, Vienna all 2017.
In Favignana, the artists will present the research carried out during the residency.
Fri 12 October at 5PM: In conversation with Diego Marcon
Meeting point: Piazza Europa, Favignana
Sat 13 October from 11AM: Giulia Cenci’s Temporary Installation visit
Venue: Punta San Nicola, Favignana
Sat 13 October from 4PM: Megan Rooney and Lydia Ourahmane, open studios
Venue: Ex-Stabilimento Florio, Favignana
The open studios are open to the public and free, read the “Reach Favignana” section for tips on how to visit
Marianna Vecellio – chief curator
Curator, researcher and writer she is an art historian. In 2012 she has been appointed as curator at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli/Torino – where she works since 2007. She has curated various exhibitions and publications among the other Andres Serrano’s Via Crucis, Massimo Grimaldi’s Before The Images, Paloma Varga Weisz, Rachel Rose, Cecile B. Evans, Ed Atkins, Anna Boghiguian and edited monographic catalogues such as John McCracken and Luigi Ontani. She collaborates to numerous editorial projects with a particular attention to historical research in the compilation of chronological and anthological histories. From 2009 she is in the committee board of Public Art of the City of Torino. She has contributed to numerous Italian and International magazines. She is currently working at the solo exhibition of Hito Steyerl and Cally Spooner. Working on Curva Blu since 2016, for INCURVA, Marianna also curated Sivilization’s Wake by Stephen G. Rhodes and Barry Johnston (Palermo, 2018).
Attilia Fattori Franchini – curator
Attilia Fattori Franchini is an independent curator and writer based between London and Milan. She is co-founder of the online platforms bubblebyte.org and Opening Times and contributes critical essays and reviews to publications such as CURA., Flash Art International and other independent magazines. She has been working at Curva Blu since its inception in 2016.
She is the curator of BMW Open Work at Frieze (2017 and 2018) and Emergent section of miart art fair (2018 and 2019) . She is also curating ARS17+ at Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki and project Red Lake that premiered in May 2018 at Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, (CY); will be part of the Curated by Festival in Vienna, 2018 and will direct the next edition of the Termoli Art Prize, Italy.
Past projects include: Meshes of the Afternoon, Roman Road, London, June, 2017; Céu Torto, Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo, BR, February 2017; Dawning, Capitán Gallo, Mexico City, MX, February 2017; Morning uber, evening oscillators, Seventeen, London, November 2016; Lonesome Wife, Seventeen, London, October 2016; Europa and the Bull at LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina, Kosovo, 2016, Oa4s, Temra and David in 4 parts, Sorbus, Helsinki, 2016; Yves Scherer, Snow White and The Huntsman, Mexico City, 2016; Guest Curator, Kuvat Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, 2015; Bold Tendencies 2015, London. More info http://attiliaff.com
Ex Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica
Curva Blu studios are set in the wonderful estate of Museum Ex-Stabilimento Florio delle Tonnare di Favignana e Formica.
The museum is open daily
July-September: 10-13 and 17-23
INCURVA’s is here to help you out reaching Favignana, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Find below some travel tips.
Favignana is a small island off the coast of Western Sicily, Italy. The closest airports are Trapani and Palermo.
Favignana is just 30 minutes hydrofoil ride away from Trapani or Marsala’s port.
There’s at least 10 rides per day from Trapani and less from Marsala, you can use www.libertylines.it to check out timetable or book.
Please note that the last ride of the day is at 8pm from Trapani and 7.30pm from Marsala.
Distance to Trapani’s port:
From Trapani’s Airport:
– 30 min drive – you can grab a taxi at the airport (30 EUR) or call Michelangelo for a van/car +39 335 82 25 215
– buses are frequent (10 EUR) and drop you at the port
From Palermo’s Airport:
– 60 min drive: contact Michelangelo Transfer for private van +39 335 82 25 215 (about 75 EUR)
– 70 min bus timetable here bus drops you at the port
– 2 hours bus: go to Palermo first (bus, taxi, shared taxi) and hop-off at Via Belgio Bus stop, from there hop on a bus to Trapani, timetable here
From Palermo’s port/city center:
– 80 min drive: contact Michelangelo Transfer for private van +39 335 82 25 215 (about 75 EUR)
– 90 to 120 min with bus, frequent a buses drop you at Trapani’s port timetable here
Rail: unless you want to enjoy and long trip, we discourage taking the train
Trasportation once in Favignana:
– Rent your car/bike/scooter at Infopoint, big red building just off Favignana Port
– There’s many taxi services on the island
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped and experienced Curva Blu 2018 residency and open studios, to the INCURVA donors and members and especially to Annalisa Stabellini.
Curva Blu is supported by our forward-looking technical sponsors:
Curva Blu is made in partnership with the following institutions:
Congratulations Trisha Baga for her solo show at Greene Naftali (NYC), also featuring the cave footage shot during Curva Blu 2017. More info
INCURVA has been invited at Supercondominio, a gathering of new contemporary art spaces in Italy promoted by Castello di Rivoli and its research department, the CRRI. More info about the event
8 July 2018
Some of the works conceived during the Curva Blu 2017 residency are on show at Loom Gallery, more info here.
9 May 2018
We are glad to see part of the research that took place during Curva Aperta 2017 surfacing in Gianni Politi’s exhibition “2017”. More information here. 14 Apr 2018
Some of the research carried during Curva Blu 2016 by Nicola and Jacopo on show at Mega Off-site. More info here 14 Apr 2018
INCURVA is a not-for-profit organisation that aims at making western Sicily a fertile ground for research in contemporary art, re-activating its public spaces and stimulating dialogue with its local communities through a platform for residencies, talks and exhibitions. Established in 2016.
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