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Chiara Camoni / Bettina Buck with the words of Cecilia Canziani and a lecture by Chiara Frugoni

It starts with a series of meetings dedicated to gender identity. The thoughts and actions shared in the meetings constituted the genesis of the project, which is now formalized in a singular exhibition itinerary.  The preview will be anticipated by a meeting with Chiara Frugoni.

“Chiara with respect to Francesco. Chiara, the most faithful follower of Francesco, very brave, tenacious and very human, adored by her sisters”.

The series of meetings Sui generis, developed from a dialogue practice undertaken with Chiara Camoni and Cecilia Canziani in summer 2018, is articulated in a project commissioned by Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea in collaboration with the Region of Tuscany in the desire to promote new ways of ‘making art. The production experience is thus no longer compressed in the exhibition format, but open to forms of greater scope, enriched by an open and evolving dialogue and by a reflection that has jealously demanded a long and articulated temporal cadence“. Valentina Gensini

During the seminars we reasoned around the idea of gender as asymmetry, of work and thought as collective practices starting from the sharing of dedicated time and space. The space in which we worked is that of Le Murate, which was originally a cloistered convent, therefore a place of separation from the world, but also a place of relationship, common life and emancipation through reading and craftsmanship. In this sense the notion of domestic space, of inhabited and not abstract space, of space to be built, is at the basis of the seminars and the exhibition“.  The curator, Cecilia Canziani

The exhibition will be open to the public from 6 June to 5 October 2019 | Tuesday – Saturday 2.30 pm – 7.30 pm Under the patronage of Regione Toscana.
With the contribution of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio.

The exhibition has been realized in collaboration with SpazioA, Pistoia.
Courtesy: Chiara Camoni, Untitled – Vasetti, 2018 white terracotta with animal ash glazes (bones, shells and snail shells), wild herbs (weed) / white terracotta, animal ashes polish (shells, bones, snail-shells), wild weeds (wheatgrass) Silvia Fiorucci-Roman Collection, Principality of Monaco Courtesy SpazioA, Pistoia Photo by Camilla Maria Santini

Project carried out within the framework of Toscanaincontemporanea2019 with the support of Regione Toscana.

 

Sui Generis | Autoritratti

Chiara Frugoni’s research has been a source of inspiration throughout the whole project with similarities between the place and the reflections of the seminar and the themes she dealt with, on  Chiara of Assisi and on the role of the convent as a place not only of exclusion, but also of emancipation.

The course was developed in three moments: collective readings, a public lecture and finally, to give a rhythm to the thought, the collective action of the work at the loom, to which – over the course of the months – many different hands of craftswomen, artists and curators have alternated, leaving traces of their work, creating a carpet that is also the fulcrum of the exhibition. Since it is not possible to narrate the seminars in the form of an exhibition, Self-portraits represents an attempt to redistribute, through a series of works and further moments of in-depth study, the sense of a constructed path of relationships between people and areas of knowledge, with the words of books and the works of different and distant authors.

The works by Chiara Camoni and Bettina Buck in the exhibition invite us to reflect on the relationship between body and space, on the way bodies build environments, gestures generate worlds, worlds tell relationships, and relationships are a way to reinvent the ways of being together, producing, exhibiting.
The gestures and voices of those who participated in the meetings are guarded and represented by a carpet presented in the exhibition and woven under the supervision of the weaver Paola Aringes.

Around this object, which is also a place, a corpus of unpublished works by Chiara Camoni makes room for the works made by Bettina Buck between 2010 and 2017.

United by a common reflection on sculpture and a dialogical attitude, the works of the two artists offer themselves as points of view on each other’s work.

 

Inaugurazione della mostra 5 giugno ore 17.30

Chiara Camoni

Sui Generis | Autoritratti

Chiara Camoni (Piacenza, 1974) lives and works in Fabbiano, Alta Versilia. Graduated in Sculpture at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, she worked for some years with the Institute for the Dissemination of Natural Sciences in Naples. Together with other artists she founded the Magra – Museum of Contemporary Art in Granara. With Cecilia Canziani she is developing the cycle of seminars La Giusta Misura, started at the Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea in Florence. Recent exhibitions include:... Zenzic, with Anna Barham, curated by Caterina Avataneo, Arcade Gallery, London; Sisters, MIMA – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough; La Vita Materiale. Otto stanze, otto storie, curated by Marina Dacci, Palazzo da Mosto, Reggio Emilia; Il disegno del disegno, curated by Saretto Cincinelli, Museo Novecento, Florence.

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Bettina Buck

Sui Generis | Autoritratti

Bettina Buck (Cologne 1974, Berlin 2018) graduated from the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne and then obtained a Masters in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London.  Her research focuses on the notion of sculpture as duration and collapse, chance and transformation. Selected exhibitions: 2018 Raumfolgen, Schloß Burgau, Düren; 2016 City Dance Köln; All Italy is silent German Academy of Villa Massimo and Royal Academy of Spain, Rome 2014 Another Interlude, Performance, Galleria... Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, To continue. Notes towards a Sculpture Cycle: Scale, Nomas Foundation, Rome; 2012 A House of Leaves, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; 2011 V&A cycle (performance), performance, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990: Friday Late: The Postmodern Look, V&A, London; 2010 Platzhalter, Galerie Monitor, Rome; 2007 Reaparecidos, Museo de la Ciudad, Quito. Between 2009 and 2017 she created five Invite projects, a series of exhibitions structured as a dialogue between her own practice and that of an artist with whose work she felt a relationship of intimacy and confrontation: Cologne, 2009; Berlin 2011; London, 2012; Exeter, 2013; Berlin, 2017.

 

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Cecilia Canziani

Curator Exhibition Autoritratti | Sui Generis

An art critic and curator, her work focuses on contemporary art practice as a questioning of the cultural space and its context and on the teaching of contemporary visual culture. Founding member of the non-profit space 1: 1projects, she teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo and the University of Rome La Sapienza. Since January 2009, together with Ilaria Gianni, she has been artistic director of the Nomas Foundation, Rome.

Chiara Frugoni

 

Chiara Frugoni ha insegnato Storia medievale all’Università di Pisa, Roma e Parigi. Ha pubblicato numerosi saggi sulla figura di san Francesco, tra cui: Francesco e l’invenzione delle stimmate (premio Viareggio per la saggistica 1994), Vita di un uomo: Francesco d’Assisi e Storia di Chiara e Francesco (Frontiere 2011). Presso Einaudi ha inoltre pubblicato: La Cappella degli Scrovegni di GiottoLa cattedrale e il battistero di Parma e L’affare migliore di Enrico. Giotto e la cappella ScrovegniLa voce delle immagini. Pillole iconografiche dal Medioevo e Le storie di San Francesco. Guida agli affreschi della Basilica superiore di Assisi. Tra i suoi libri: Storia di un giorno in una città medioevale (Laterza 1997); Mille e non piú mille. Viaggio fra le paure di fine millennio, con Georges Duby (Rizzoli 1999); Due papi per un giubileo. Celestino V, Bonifacio VIII e il primo Anno Santo (Rizzoli 2000); Medioevo sul naso. Occhiali, bottoni e altre invenzioni medievali (Laterza 2001); Da stelle a stelle. Memorie di un paese contadino (Laterza 2003); Una solitudine abitata: Chiara d’Assisi (Laterza 2006), Vivere nel Medioevo. Donne, uomini e soprattutto bambini (Il Mulino 2017), Uomini e animali nel Medioevo. Storie fantastiche e feroci, (Il Mulino 2018). I suoi libri sono tradotti nelle principali lingue europee, oltre che in giapponese e in coreano.