Oli Bonzanigo was born in 1989 in Milan and currently lives between the Lombard city and Palermo. After graduating in Fine Arts at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, she studied sculpture with Peter Kelley at the London Academy and then drawing and painting at the Slade School of Art. In 2012, she returns to Milan where she starts working for Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, a historic Milanese foundry specialised in the lost wax technique, where she follows the productions of young international artists. Her artistic research explores a wide range of languages including painting, installation and sculpture, focusing on the origin and movements of raw materials and how they have influenced the dynamics between civilisations. In 2014 he participated in the Marrakech Biennale with The 13th hour and then again in 2016 with the project Marble-sugar. Solo exhibitions at Viasaterna, Milan; Bank el- Maghreb, Marrakech; Spazio aereo, Venice; Halle Der Vollständingen Warheit, Cologne. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as the recent project with Video Sound Art at Talpe, a collateral event of the Manifesta12 biennial in Palermo at the Liceo Classico Umberto I; and at the international galleries and institutions Through, Aghmat; Crypt Gallery, London; Voice Gallery, Romanian Institute on the occasion of Arte Laguna Prize, Venice; Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan; Byam Shaw School of Art, London; Concourse Gallery, London. olibonzanigo.tumblr.com
Letizia Cariello was born into a family of Neapolitan origin dedicated to sculpture for two hundred years. Today she lives and works in Milan. She graduated in Art History at the Università degli Studi di Milano and, after working for the cinema in Italy and the United States, she graduated in Painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. A recurring theme in her work is the construction of spaces in relation to her body, which presuppose an effort on the part of the artist. These are mental spaces, transfigurations of thoughts and states of mind. The artist’s works – drawings, installations, videos, sculptures – are currently exhibited in international public and private collections, to name but a few: the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; the collection of Tony and Heather Podesta, Washington DC; the Farnesina Collection – Experimenta, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome; the Museion / Ar-Ge Kunst, Bolzano; the Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Turin; the Etro Collection, Venice; the Borromeo Collection, Milan; the Rusconi Art Project Collection, Agrate Conturbia and many others. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions promoted by authoritative museum institutions, such as La Triennale di Milano (2018), MART in Rovereto (2003, 2001), Kunstverein Ludvigsburg (2002). In Italy she is represented by the Massimo Minini gallery.
Giulio Frigo was born in 1984 in the province of Vincenza, today he lives and works in Milan where he initially moved to pursue his artistic education. He graduated first at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and later at UCLA in Los Angeles. Today among the most promising young Italian artists in the field of painting, he is appreciated for his investigation into the modulation of light and his study of colour, which have enabled him to achieve innovative levels in the field of artistic representation. Giulio Frigo understands painting as a performative act. Figurative paintings, attentive to technique, materials and other traditional issues are activated by abstract, modulated light. Since 2012, the artist has been represented in Italy by the Francesca Minini gallery where he exhibited in 2015 with the solo show 360 780 nm. His work has been shown in group exhibitions: Brand New Gallery, Milan; Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana; Open Mia, Bergamo; Benetton Collection, Venice; Premio Cairo, Milan; The Workbench, Milan; Museo San Francesco, Republic of San Marino; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; Moroso Award for Contemporary Art, Venice; GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan; Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, Rome.
Evangelia Kranioti was born in 1979 in Athens. Today she lives and works in France as a filmmaker and visual artist. Her practice moves between photography, video and writing. Desire, nostalgia and a relationship with her origins are mixed in her work. A graduate in law from the National University of Athens and in visual arts from the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris, she graduated from Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts. She is the winner of numerous scholarships and awards such as the Analix Forever Award and the Fresnoy Friends Award. Her works are exhibited both nationally and internationally: Paris Photo, Biennale of Moving Images, Centre d’art contemporain-Geneva, Palazzo Grassi, Faena art, MASP Sao Paulo, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Palais de Tokyo, NY Photo Festival, Thessaloniki Biennale. In 2016 she received two Iris Awards from the Hellenic Film Academy for her first documentary work Exotica, Erotica, Etc. (2015), which was also awarded the same year at the Berlinale Forum and presented at several festivals. She was recently awarded for her second essay-film Obscuro Barroco in the context of Berlinale 68 (2018).
Enrique Ramírez was born in 1979 in Santiago de Chile. Today he lives and works between Paris and Santiago. He studied popular music and film in Chile and in 2007 continued his studies in France at the National Centre of Contemporary Art – Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing. In 2013 he was awarded the Des Amis prize at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and in 2014 the Loop fair in Barcelona. His research lies somewhere between autobiographical and universal history: Ramirez creates narrative spaces that traverse themes such as travel and memory, and in which the sea is a liberating metaphor for fantasies, but also the physical site of a current political reality. His works have been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, the Centre Pompidou, the Louis Vuitton Cultural Centre, the 9th International Biennial of Art in Bolivia, the Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico; The Museum of Memory in Santiago; the MATTA Cultural Centre, Argentina, Buenos Aires and at the Gran Café in Saint-Nazaire. In 2017, he was invited by Christine Macel to participate in Viva Arte Viva for the 57th Venice Biennale exhibition.
Teresa Sala works between Milan and Bologna as a freelance director and filmmaker. After a three-year degree in Science of Cultural Heritage, specialising in Cinema and Theatre, from the University of Milan, she graduated from the Experimental Centre of Cinematography in Filmmaking. Since 2013, she has been collaborating with production companies, foundations, public and private entities, producing documentaries, institutional videos, commercials and content for the web. In addition to commissioned works, she carries out her own personal research experimenting with languages, contents and formats. Her filmography includes documentaries, short films, commercials and experimental research projects that include video performances and installations. Her films have been presented at numerous international festivals. Together with anthropologist and filmmaker Rita Maralla, in 2013 she created Marsala, a multimedia artistic research project on the relationship between body, space and identity. Her works have been awarded by ViaEmili@DocFest, Visioni Italiane, Civitanova Film Festival and Desenzano Film Festival.
Thadeusz Tischbein, born in Chemnitz in 1971, lives in Germany. Between 2008 and 2016 he studied in Leipzig, Braunschweig (Germany) and Bucharest (Romania) with Candice Breitz, Clemens von Wedemeyer and Günther Selichar. His work traces tragic political legacies, truths that should not be forgotten and from which important lessons for the future can be drawn. His videos have been presented in international festivals and exhibitions including: in 2018 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris; Kurzsuechtig, Leipzig, where he was awarded Best Experimental Film and with the Audience Award; in 2017 XVI International Kansk Video Festival, Kansk and Moscow; XI Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival, Istanbul; EMAF European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, where he was selected for the EMAF Media Arts Award (VDFK). In 2019, his work Snow White was awarded at the VKRATZE! 2019 International Short Film Festival and Atlas of the Wounded Buildings nominated for the Golden Trellick Award at the PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL in London.
Driant Zeneli is an Albanian artist born in 1983 in Shkoder who currently lives and works between Milan and Tirana. In 2019, he represented the Albanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale exhibition. His artistic research focuses on redefining the concepts of failure, utopia and dreams, which represent the starting point for new possibilities. These elements play a central role in his most recent works, both cinematographic and performative . In 2017 he won the MOROSO Prize and in 2009 the Young European Artist Award Trieste Contemporanea. The same year he was artistic director of Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, an international and multidisciplinary event that took place between Durres and Tirana. He is co-founder of Harabel Contemporary Art Platform based in Tirana. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions such as: Highway Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo; GAMEC, Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo; Passerelle, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brest; Mostyn Gallery, Wales; MuCEM, Marseille; Academy of France, Rome; Centre Pompidou, Paris; IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Chile; GAM, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; 54th Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice; Prague Biennale 5, Prague; National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtine; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa; National Gallery, Tirana.
Within the macro-theme of the rest is a (virtual) project that also develops on the festival’s social media, part of an intervention on the decolonisation of the future by Thomas Ba.
Teresa Fogolari is a digital artist and designer, born in Udine in 1996. In 2019 she graduated in Creative Direction from University of the Arts London. Her practice focuses on creating otherworldly atmospheres, exploring new technologies their implications. Fogolari works freelance creating 3D graphics for screen, print, VR and AR. Her most recent exhibitions includeDigi-G xl at Glogaurair, Berlin.
Davide Zulli was born in Varese in 1993 and grew up in the world of graffiti and illustration. In 2018, he obtained an academic diploma in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, where he now continues his specialised studies in sculpture. His artistic research is articulated through practices of speculative archaeology in which Zulli assumes the role of researcher, often emphasising the contrast between a violent and chaotic reality and an intimate and punctual dimension. Recent exhibitions in which the artist has taken part include: Sub Strato, Varese; Art Expo Huis Dokter Guislain, in collaboration with students from LUCA- School of art, Ghent; Pxl-MAD School of art, Hasselt; De Velnix – Tongeren; Ipercorpo festival, Forlì.
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Caterina Gobbi was orn in 1988 in Courmayeur, she now lives and works in Berlin. She is a visual artist, performer and DJ, whose research is particularly interested in the sentimental bonds that human beings have with and in their environment. A fundamental element supporting her research is sound, used as a means of exploring different relationships. She graduated in scenography from the Royal College of Art in London, where she deepened her interest in material and conceptual experimentation. She exhibits in Italy and abroad at galleries and institutions such as: Castello Gamba, Aosta; Chalton Gallery, London; OUTPOST gallery, Norwich; Soundscapes, Milan; Karen Huber Gallery, Mexico City; GlogauAIR, Berlin.
Cecilia Mentasti was born in Varese in 1993 and currently lives and works between Como and Milan. She recently completed her studies at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts where she graduated in painting. She set up the collective project BRACE BRACE, an independent space whose research ranges from contemporary art to photography and graphics. The aim of Cecilia’s research is to bring to light the silent and unrecognised work of all those quiet players in the art system, from restorers to assistants and art handlers, who take care of works over time. She has participated in several residencies and research initiatives such as: XXX, Romania; Ci siamo arrivati dopo, Fucina 11, Milan; The Hidden City, Manifesta 12 (collateral event), Palermo; Spazi Festival 2018, Milan; Milan – London A/R (The Fine Art Collective – Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera), How to be the other way, Centre For Films And Ethics – Queen Mary University of London, London.