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 fourth iteration of Curva Blu, held in June and July 2019, employs the concept of dialogue as a dialectical form of encounter and exchange. For 2019, the recipients of the research grant are: Francesco Pedraglio (Italy), Tania Pérez Córdova (Mexico), Margherita Raso (Italy) and Dominique White (UK).
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 2019 artists in residence are:
Francesco Pedraglio (b. 1981, Italy)
Francesco Pedraglio (1981, Italy) is interested in storytelling as a tool to decode his way of relating to both mundane and historically complex situations. He focuses on the way narration and staging influence the relationship between a speaker and a listener, a viewer and an object. Being performance, sculpture, installation or films, the core of his practice has to be found in his writings. Together with artist Tania Pérez Córdova, Pedraglio runs the publishing project Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing.
His work has been shown at Norma Mangione Gallery (2019); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2018); Museo Leonora Carrington, San Luis Potosí (2018); P///AKT, Amsterdam (2017); Kunstverein Munich (2017); CRAC Alsace (2017); Sheffield Fringe (2016); Parallel, Oaxaca (2015); The Physics Room, Christchurch (2015); Kunsthalle Wien (2015); ICA, London (2015).
A collection of poems titled 99 Battle and 1 War (an extract) was published by Piano Nobile (CH) in October 2016. His first novel A man in a room spray painting a fly was published by Book Works in summer 2014.
Tania Pérez Córdova (b. 1979, Mexico)
Tania Pérez Córdova’s research in a variety of media informs a practice that focuses on the seemingly paradoxical relationship between the materiality and inherent narrativity of creation. Her objects become ciphers for abstract situations while remaining faithful to their formal and conceptual coordinates. The clash between an object’s temporality
and its appearance reveals the unexpected emergence of personal narratives, fragments of dialogues, and simple moods, transforming her sculptures into object-based performances. Together with artist Francesco Pedraglio runs the publishing project Juan de la Cosa / John of the Thing. Recent solo exhibitions include Daylength of a Room at Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2018) and Smoke, nearby at MCA Chicago (2017). Recent group exhibitions include SITElines 2018, Casa Tomada at SITE, Santa Fe (2018); Ayrton at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2017); the 11th Gwangju Biennale “The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)” , Gwangju, (2016); Surround Audience: the New Museum Triennial 2015 at New Museum, New York (2015).
Margherita Raso (b. 1991, Italy)
Margherita Raso lives and works between New York and Milan. She received her BA in Painting from Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan. In 2014 she co-founded the artist-run space Armada. Her works shift between textured, nuanced, and tactile surface, akin to skin. Through the use of textile that is fabricated by Jacquard-weaving, she investigates the role and the meaning of texture. Her most recent textile productions – namely woven drawings – are based on the invention of a language of gestural repertoire whose traces can be registered and fixed. Whether is fabric or ceramic, bronze or cast iron, the artist approach to materials intends to create narrations of mutated forms where the body exists with its limits and possibilities for transformation.
Recent exhibitions include:La terra piatta è la dimensione lirica di un luogo come se regredire fosse inventare at Octagon, Milan (2019); Canal at Bible, New York (2018); That’s IT! at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2018); Piercing at Fanta-MLN, Milan (2017); Where Wild Flowers Grow at Armada, Milan (2016).
Dominique White (b. 1993, UK)
Dominique White weaves together the theories of Blaccelerationism and Afrofuturism with the nautical myths of Black Diaspora into a term she defines as the Shipwrecked; a reflexive verb and state of being. Her sculptures demonstrate how Black life could extend beyond its own subjective limits and act as beacons or vessels of an ignored civilization defined as the Stateless; a realm in which the past, present, and future have converged into a Black Future. Recent exhibitions and presentations include Fugitive of the State(less) at VEDA, Florence (2019); Flood-tide at Love Unlimited, Glasgow (2018); The Share of Opulence; Doubled; Fractional, at Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna (2018); °c at Clearview.ltd, London (2018); The Conch – April 2018 at South London Gallery, London ( 2018). White was an artist-in-residence with the network Formerly Called at Wysing Arts Centre (UK) from March to September of 2018.
In Favignana, the artists will present the research carried out during the residency. Detailed program:
Friday 12th July
5.30 PM, Bue Marino
Tania Pérez Córdova
7.30 PM, Punta Marsala
Saturday 13th July
6 PM, Cava Cavallo
8 PM, Caserme dello Stornello
Domenica 14th July
10 AM – 1PM, Ex-Stabilimento Florio
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 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 such as Andres Serrano’s Via Crucis, Massimo Grimaldi’s Before The Images, Paloma Varga Weisz, Rachel Rose, Cecile B. Evans, Ed Atkins, Anna Boghiguian, Hito Steyerl and Cally Spooner and edited monographic catalogs such as John McCracken and Luigi Ontani. She collaborates to numerous editorial projects with particular attention to historical research in the compilation of chronological and anthological histories. She is currently working on the exhibition and publication of Michael Rakowitz in collaboration with Whitechapel, London, the exhibition of Marianna Simnett and the project with Pedro Neves Marques all opening at Castello di Rivoli in fall 2019. Her research is focused on transdisciplinary projects in which critical thought and artistic practice coexist such as Abitare il Minerale and currently Comp(h)ost with Witte de With, Rotterdam. 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. 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 in London and Vienna. She is cofounder of the nonprofit platforms bubblebyte.org and Opening Timesand contributes essays and reviews to international publications such as Mousse, CURA, and Flash Art International.
She is the curator of BMW Open Work by Frieze (2017 -); Curva Blu; the Emergent section of miart, Milan (2018 -); and the latest edition of the Termoli Art Prize, Italy. Recent projects include Could you visit me in dreams? as part of curated_by 2018, Vienna; Red Lake at Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia (2018); and ARS17+ at Kiasma, Museum, Helsinki (2017).
Past projects include: Céu Torto, Boatos Fine Arts, São Paulo (2017); Dawning, Capitán Gallo, Mexico City (2017); Morning uber, evening oscillators, Seventeen, London (2016); Europa and the Bull at LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina, Kosovo (2016); Oa4s, Temra and David in 4 parts, Sorbus, Helsinki (2016); Kuvan Kevät, Kuvat Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki (2015); Bold Tendencies, London (2015); and HAND, Barbican Centre, London (2013). 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, August, September: 10AM-1.30PM and 5PM-11.30PM
June, October: 10AM – 5PM
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
Curva Blu is made in partnership with the following institutions:
and with the technical support of:
Congratulations Stephen G. Rhodes and Barry Johnston for being shortlisted for the 3rd Mario Merz Prize with Sivilization’s Wake, co-produced by INCURVA. Learn more and cast your vote on mariomerzprize.org
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
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