Rome. Nine Italian emerging artists dealing with narration practices

At the Fondazione Baruchello, works by Benni Bosetto, Alessandro Di Pietro, Andrea Magnani and Giulia Cenci, reconstruct a dialogue between different narrative forms.

Vista dell’allestimento “Figure di spago. Pratiche di narrazione”, Fondazione Baruchello, Roma, 2018. Foto Giorgio Benni

In via del Vascello, Rome, “Figure di Spago. Pratiche Narrative” (String figures. Narration practices) curated by Caterina Molteni introduces an exhibition, a summer show featured by the works of nine emerging Italian artists, gathered in one of the most secret and milestones places for the culture of Italian experimentation. The Foundation, established in 1998, offers its spaces to researches, projects realized by artists and scholars coming from various disciplines or departments.

The Fondazione Baruchello’s headquarters of Via di Santa Cornelia, is about 1,000 square meters, spread over indoor units that are developed on four floors, voted to host seminars, conferences, round tables, exhibitions, library and offices. Since 2014, some additional offices have been made available to selected young curators in Via del Vascello, in the center of Rome, a recent restored space boasting about 300 sqm, between the Janiculum and Trastevere, surfaces that constitute a kind of annex venue to the Fondazione’s cultural activities, set in the Veio Park. Here, milestone elements like books, historical and photographic archives, audio-visual equipment and systems, as well as a nucleus of works by Gianfranco Baruchello dated from 1951 to 1998, constitute a heritage that is continually studied, inventoried, analysed and finally observed as objects of research.

The exhibition “Figure di Spago. Pratiche Narrative” represents not only the fact that imagination can be narrated, but it enhances the rediscovery and the exercise of a human activity that expresses itself along an imagination development driven by fundamental acts of listening. An artistic path through the works of nine artists who idealize and synthesize a part of the recent Italian artistic production. Authors already established within the Italian contemporary scenarios, such as: Benni Bosetto, Giulia Cenci, Lisa Dalfino and Sacha Kanah, Alessandro Di Pietro, Riccardo Giacconi, Diego Gualandris, Andrea Magnani and Nicola Martini.

“Figure di spago. Pratiche di narrazione”, exhibition view at Fondazione Baruchello, 2018. Photo Giorgio Benni
“Figure di spago. Pratiche di narrazione”, exhibition view at Fondazione Baruchello, 2018. Photo Giorgio Benni

The exhibition setting also boasts a selection of editorial projects and artist books from the collections of Diego Bergamaschi and Marco Martini. The artists were born between 1983 (as Andrea Magnani, b. in Faenza, lives and works in Milan) and 1993 (Diego Gualandris, b. in Bergamo, lives and works in Bergamo), through their works in via del Vascello, including site-specific interventions, the group show underlines several expositive rhythms. Born to demonstrate the rapid grasp of thought on the analogies created by narrative forms such as science fiction, speculative narrations and scientific data, the exhibition outlines syntactic codes of imagination that push, beyond any possible rule, drawings on the in-human condition, introduced by Benni Bosetto, as well as FLX Recorder 1 (2018) and FLX Recorder 2 (2018) by Alessandro Di Pietro. Logs evoking an indefinite character, a kind of role-player connoted only by the absence of denotation.

Figure di Spago. Pratiche di Narrazione
Fondazione Baruchello
Caterina Molteni
Opening dates:
26 June – 12 October 2018
via del Vascello 35, Rome

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