NO GATEKEEPERS OF MY HEART / FRANKO B

exhibition, curator (together with Katya Kabalina)

Associazione Barriera, Turin 

03.05. — 02.06.2024

In the frame of EXPOSED, the new international photography festival, Barriera presents Franko B’s solo show NO GATE KEEPERS OF MY HEART. The artist, internationally recognized for his diverse body of work including painting, sculpture, installations, and performances characterized by the extreme use of the body, explores themes such as love, death, eroticism, and pain. These topics are deeply intertwined with his personal life trajectory, which has been rooted in punk and queer contexts since the 1990s.

Conceived for the spaces of Barriera and developed in dialogue with the artist, the exhibition focuses on the role of photography and image in his work, acting both as a documentation tool and as a testimony of time. From the tragedy of the geopolitical chronicle to the fragile and seductive of everyday life, Franko B’s work is always permeated by a profound feeling of empathy and suffering, representing a decisive stance in favour of the weakest in this world.

Photography by Gabriele Abbruzzese

FLASH ART MAGAZINE





HOW YOU DARE? / Publication

catalogue, editor and curator of the project

Published by Nova Express
Design: Andrea Magnani (Siliqoon Agency)

Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan

May 2020 - April 2023

This  publication, edited by Sergey Kantsedal (with Antonella Prasse) and produced by Nova Express Publishing with design by Andrea Magnani (Siliqoon Agency), documents the residency program for Ukrainan artists HOW YOU DARE? which took place at at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan from May 2022 to April 2023.

Constructed as a diary of the residency, including a series of textual and visual contributions, the final publication of HOW YOU DARE? seeks to encapsulate and preserve the entire experience over time, presenting it in the most direct and sencere possible way.



































Untitled (Seduta in Ufficio Circondata da Teste e Corpi)

- exhibition, host (together with MRZB)

with Anastasia Kreslina, Dafne, MRZB, Katia Kabalina

Europalace Uffici, Orbassano (TO)

08.09.2023

photo documentation by Dafne
video-stills by MRZB

special thanks to Alessandro Gasparini
























 





 
HOW YOU DARE?

- residency program, curator 

Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan 

May 2020 - April 2023 

Supported by the Municipality of Milan and sponsored by Vera Lab

project manager: Antonella Prasse

HOW YOU DARE? is the residency program which took place from May 2022 to April 2023 at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. The project, supported by the City of Milan and sponsored by VeraLab, was born in order to offer professional and moral support to the artists affected by the war in Ukraine due to the Russian invasion. Through the creation of a relational and productive context, the residency program therefore has a goal to help to overcome the trauma of war and its consequences: participation in military conflict, forced emigration, interruption of family connections and friendships.

The artists who took part in the residency are: Alina Kleytman, Katya Kopeikina, Vlad Plisetskiy, Alyona Ivanova, Daria Veshtak, BOJI and Kvirtet Collective, who in their research draw on different artistic languages: from painting to digital art, from video to sculpture, from music to performance. 

The title HOW YOU DARE? refers to the context of the social, political and military crisis that Ukraine is going through. With a bit of provocation, the question invites us to reflect on personal and collective responsibility towards the events of daily news. In an act of self-interrogation, the participants of the residency put at the center of issues such as personal self-determination, the privilege and role of art versus social change. In the world we live in today - dominated by political-military crises and social inequalities, as well as by the danger of an environmental catastrophe - "How you dare?" becomes a question almost of denunciation to which each of us is called to respond every single day.

The final exhibition ROLLING REFUGEE HOME MUSEUM ON WHEELS encloses and completes the entire experience of the residency by incorporating one of its main characteristics: the indissoluble unity between the methods of production of artworks and their display. The new body of the works - sculptures, paintings and garments – produced by the artists Alina Kleytman, Katya Kopeikina and Vladislav Plisetskiy were presented in the frame of a dynamic exhibition, a set-up which was constantly changing and expanding during all the time through a series of performative events happening occasionally in the space, as a way to celebrate the multiplicity of practices and poetics presented in the show.

Starting from the concepts of “home” and “nomadism” as topics inextricably related to the practical and existential concerns that artists are still experiencing by due their refugee status, ROLLING REFUGEE HOME MUSEUM deals with the situation of extreme precarity very directly, by producing easy-to-transport objects on wheels: their poetical gesture which relates and at the same time reflects on the current existential and living condition.


Photography by Gabriele Abbruzzese 

Atribune Magazine 

















FVDSFL / Maurizio Cilli
- performance in public space (curator)

Lucento, Torino 

Powered by URRÀ TORINO - URban RegenerAction in Torino

A live performance by Maurizio Cilli that in its sudden and transitory consistence crosses the courtyards and is configured with the characters of a passage that evokes the emotional states of a ritual procession. At the center is the reconstruction of a collective memory from which to start again and to be celebrated with an artistic performance in the courtyards of the two residential complexes, with the involvement of the realities active in the area today. The intention is to determine the "sculptural" conditions of an unplanned "tableau vivant," capable of awakening the desire to refound an active representation of the community.

The artist experiences a live collective experience to be imprinted and preserved in the consciousness of affective memory. The work takes on the appearance of an evocative ritual performance. This experiment is called Momentary Place and it traverses courtyards evoking the emotional states of a ritual procession. Involved in the action are the Salus Musical Band conducted by Maestro Massimo Sanfilippo, active in the area since 1946, and soprano voice Fé Avouglan.