The two winners of the 2012-13 Premio New York prize for emerging Italian visual artists present their recent work. Franceschini features 'For in and out, above, about, below, 'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-Show, Act II', a collection of film and video works. Arena features 'My Sunday in New York, 2012-2013', 15 copies of the front page of the New York Times manipulated to reveal a phrase made famous in Melville's 'Bartleby, the Scrivener'.
March 13, 2013 -- Anna Franceschini and Francesco Arena, winners of the
2012-13 Premio New York prize for emerging Italian visual artists, will
present recent work at Columbia University’s Italian Academy on Tuesday,
March 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The artists are concluding a four-month
residency in New York at Brooklyn’s International Studio and Curatorial
Program. The Premio New York is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute
of New York, the Italian Academy, and the Italian Ministry of Foreign
ANNA FRANCESCHINI will present “For in and out, above, about, below, 'Tis nothing but a Magic Shadow-Show, Act II”, a collection of film and video works. The carousel of moving images will establish a dialogue with the projection space in the Teatro of the Italian Academy, where the stage will be populated by mechanical characters, climatic variations, glimpses of light and fleeting visions.
Franceschini’s work explores the nature of objects and places as related to their history, manufacture, function and individuality. Her field work involves prolonged and minute observation of these subjects and aims to encapsulate on film the energetic remnants and emotional resonances of their functions and use.
FRANCESCO ARENA will present “My Sunday in New York, 2012-2013" (Courtesy of Monitor Gallery, Rome), an exhibition consisting of 15 copies of the front page of the New York Times manipulated to reveal the phrase made famous in Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener”: “I would prefer not to.” In the same room a performance of "2,794" (which reflects the number of victims killed in New York in the attacks on September 11, 2001) will take place, in which an actor repeats the phrase “9/11” 2,794 times, inviting the audience to reflect on the effects of sound, meaning and significance.
Arena takes inspiration for his work from Italian history, in particular the political and social issues that characterize recent events. Controversies, often silenced for political reasons, gain new life through the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Born in Pavia in 1979, ANNA FRANCESCHINI lives and works in Brussels. She received a MA in Media Studies and a post-graduate grant in History and Criticism of Italian Cinema at IULM University. Her work has been presented and has received awards in various film festivals, including the 60th Locarno Film Festival (CH), TFF/Turin Film Festival (IT), and MFF/Milan Film Festival. Solo exhibitions include “Subjective projektionen: Anna Franceschini”, Bielefelder Kunstverein (DE); “Thea Ddjordjatze: quiet speech in wide circulation” /” Screening room: Anna Franceschini”, Kiosk Gallery, Ghent (BE),” HALATION, Objectif“, Exhibition, Antwerp (BE). Upcoming solo shows include “The stuffed shirt”, Peep Hole, Milan (IT) and St. Paul St Gallery, AUT, Auckland (NZ). Selected group exhibitions include “A text is a thing”, istamare/Benedetta Spalletti , Pescara (IT); “The Eleventh Hour”, Futura, Praga (CZ);” Videoreport Italia 2008-09”, GC.AC., Monfalcone (IT) and” The Flying Carpets”, Villa Medici, Rome (IT). She received Honorable Mention for the Ariane de Rothschild Prize, Milan, in 2011 and won the Fondazione Casoli Prize 2012, Fabriano (IT).
Franceschini has been a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (NL) and VIR/Viafarini In Residence, Milan. Her work is in institutional and private collections including the Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MACRO Museum in Rome, Dommering Collection in Amsterdam and the Nicoletta Fiorucci Collection in Rome.
FRANCESCO ARENA’S solo exhibitions include “Trittico 57”, Project Room, Museion, Bolzano, 2012; “Orizzonte con riduzione di Mare”, Monitor Gallery, Rome; “Com'è piccola Milan”, Peep Hole, Milan, 2011; “Art Statement”, Art Basel, 2010; “Cratere”, De Vleeshal, Middelburg. He has participated in many group exhibitions, including: “The revolution must be made little by little |part 2: The Squaring of the Circle”, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, Sao Paolo, Brasil, 2012; “Sotto la Strada la Spiaggia”, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; “ Il bel paese dell'arte”, GAMEC, Bergamo, 2011; “Pleure qui peut rit qui veut” – Premio Furla 2011, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna; 2010 “Temporaneo – Contemporary Art in the Evolving City”, organized by Nomas Foundation and IMF Foundation, Rome; “Practicing Memory – In the time of an all-engaging present”, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella.
In 2011 Arena was shortlisted for the Premio Furla, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna. In 2009 he won the Premio Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Fabriano, and Premio LUM for Contemporary Art, I Edition, LUM, Libera Università Mediterranea, Bari. He has been has been artist in residence at Villa Arson, Nice.
THE PREMIO NEW YORK , a prize for emerging Italian artists, awards winners annually with a four-month residency in New York to pursue their art in the global capital of the art world. Sponsored by THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK, THE ITALIAN ACADEMY FOR ADVANCED STUDIES, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, AND THE ITALIAN MINISTRY OR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Directorate General for Cultural Promotion and Cooperation), the prize was conceived in 2002.
FRANCESCO ARENA (installation and performance)
“My Sunday in New York, 2012-2013" and "2,794"
ANNA FRANCESCHINI (film and video)
“'For in and out, above, about, below, 'Tis
nothing but a Magic Shadow-Show', Act II”
Allison Jeffrey (Italian Academy)
Fabio Troisi (Italian Cultural Institute)
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00-8:00 pm (one night only)
The Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Avenue (south of 118th Street) - New York, NY 10027