Organized by qwatz – contemporary art platform for the Directorate – General for Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Developed (MIBAC), the project presents 18 selected Italian artists meeting 9 curators and directors of important international organizations. First stop in Rome, second in Naples.
The format is based on private meetings during which the artists talk about their personal researches, showing their works, videos and publishing projects. The selection, curated by Carolina Italiano (DGAAP) and qwatz – contemporary art platform, focused on the anthropological, social and relational aspects of the research of the Italian artists most active on the national and international territory .
“Grand Tour d’Italie is an important networking opportunity between mid-career Italian artists and foreign curators and directors, belonging to an international network of production, exhibition and artistic research locations” (Federica Galloni – DGAAP General Manager).
Elena Bellantoni, Alex Cecchetti, Cristian Chironi, Gabriella Ciancimino, Rä Di Martino, Francesco Fonassi, Anna Franceschini, Silvia Giambrone, Francesca Grilli, Diego Marcon, Elena Mazzi, Stefania Migliorati, Margherita Moscardini, Matteo Nasini, Marco Raparelli, Eugenio Tibaldi, Serena Vestrucci, Luca Trevisani.
Veronique Collard Bovy, ART plus (Marsiglia); Amar Abou Zahr, BAR – Beirut Art Residency (Beirut); Giuliana Setari Carusi, Dena Foundation (Pars); Matt Packer, EVA International (Limerick); Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, Inter Arts Center (Malmö); Robert Leckie, Spike Island (Bristol); Nova Benway, Triangle Art Association (New York); Nayia Yiakoumaki, Whitechapel (London); Devrim Bayar, WIELS (Brussels).
Roma, qwatz – contemporary art platform c/o Villa Linneo, Via Linneo 1.
Napoli, MADRE Museum, Via Settembrini 79.
Image: Bianco-Valente, Materia prima, 1994-2008.