Curva Blu 2019

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, 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.

Open studio images and details:

In Favignana, the artists will present the research carried out during the residency.


Temporary installations:

Friday 12th July
5.30 PM, Bue Marino
Tania Pérez Córdova
Francesco Pedraglio
7.30 PM, Punta Marsala
Dominique White


Saturday 13th July
6 PM, Cava Cavallo
Margherita Raso
8 PM, Caserme dello Stornello
Francesco Pedraglio


Open Studios:

Sunday 14th July
10 AM – 1PM, Ex-Stabilimento Florio

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 CrucisMassimo Grimaldi’s Before The ImagesPaloma Varga WeiszRachel RoseCecile B. EvansEd AtkinsAnna BoghiguianHito 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 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).

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

Reach Favignana

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 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.

There’s many options for rentals on the island, but if you need to take vehicle on the island, you’ll need to travel with Siremar or NGI

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

In Favignana

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


Recommended house rentals (our friends!):
– Alessandra’s houses:
– Rosario’s houses on Airbnb
– Davide’s houses
– Plenty of options on Airbnb

Recommended hotels (our friends!):
– Casa al mare
– Hotel Cave Bianche
– Hotel delle Cave

Curva Blu is made in partnership with the following institutions:

and with the technical support of:

The Parents’ Room, a film by Diego Marcon, co-produced by INCURVA, is part of 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled The Milk of Dreams and curated by Cecilia Alemani. More info

We are pleased to share the donation of two works of art by David Horvitz to the “Agostino Pepoli” Regional Museum in Trapani and to the Ex-Stabilimento Florio in Favignana. These works, now part of the collection, will therefore be the heritage of the community and available for exhibitions, under the supervision and management of the “Agostino Pepoli” Regional Museum, which disposes of them and coordinates their use.

David Horvitz worked in Favignana in 2017 as part of Curva Blu, the artist residency program which from 2016 to 2019 took place every year in Favignana in the premises of the former Florio factory and promoted by INCURVA.

Click the above images to see the works

Shot in Favignana in 2017, Friends in a promo through which Loredana, the female clown with claws, recruits dancers for one of her upcoming shows. Beatrice Marchi has given life to many hybrid and double, comical and dissolute, vulnerable and noble characters which have been brought together and reactivated in her show at Casa Masaccio in 2019.

Beatrice Marchi, Friends, 2017 shown at “Le Amiche”, Beatrice solo show at Casa Masaccio (IT).

+390918420027 is a 1: 100 scale calcarenite maquette of a specific point of the Bue Marino calcarenite quarry.The public can activate the work by calling the carved number and listening to a story by Francesco Pedraglio. Artissima Telephone encouraged reflection on the point of passage between landlines and mobile phones, exploring the way social practices have changed since the introduction of factors of mobility (space) and simultaneity (time).

Conceived in July 2019 on the Italian island of Favignana for Curva Blu 2019, ​Ruttier for the Absent ​hung precariously as a beacon on the cusp of the Mediterranean Sea at Punta Marsala in the shadow of an abandoned lighthouse where the found materials—a sail, rope and dried palm fronds—had first been heavily mutilated by the artist, then destroyed by the force of the Mediterranean Sea. Translated into the white gallery space, the sculpture has now been manipulated by the artist with kaolin clay, ​a naturally occurring white clay often found on sculptures from Central and Western Africa as an act of cleansing and protecting the work from the exhibition space. Text Kevin Space

Babi 1 (2016), Babi 2 (2016) and Babi (2016) are the very first artworks produced at Curva Blu since the programme began. The three sculptures were produced by Lupo Borgonovo in Favignana and are now showed at ZEESTER, Lupo Borgonovo’s solo exhibition at Museo Civico Castelbuono (Palermo) on view 8th August 2019 through 29th September 2019. More info

Kore (2019), produced by Margherita Raso during Curva Blu 2019 , is part of the group show “Le Monde Ou Rien” organized by Sgomento in Naples (More info). During her residency in Favignana, Margherita Raso learned limestone sculpting with local sculptor Benito Alessandra at his “Giardino Incantato”.

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

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

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