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All That Fits: The Aesthetic of Journalism – General Feeback

Posted in nEws and rEleases by Curatorview on August 4, 2011
“The show is really impressive”
(Keith Jeffrey, CEO of QUAD)
“There’s some good thinking behind the show”.
(Alex Farquharson, Director of Nottingham Contemporary)


“I enjoyed the exhibition very much and found it chimed at lot with a show we are currently developing for next summer which looks at direct change actions by artists in the public realm.”
(Clive Gillman, Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts)
“This is an ambitious show for Derby and it is certainly to the curator’s credit that such a highly original exhibition tackling pertinent and current themes has been programmed outside the context of London or a university gallery (I am not aware of any other institutions programming exhibitions on similar themes). Despite Derby not being a well-provided art destination (Quad only opened in 2008) it appears that Quad’s programme over the last three years has not pandered to populism but has presented an interesting and challenging range of work including solo shows from artists such as Ian Breakwell, Dinu Li and Jane & Louise Wilson as well as group shows such as the Format International Photography Festival. This exhibition, All That Fits, continues the trend for original exhibitions and is a good example of Quad’s uncompromising attitude. I don’t know if the exhibition will be touring but it strikes me that it would easily translate to other venues.”
(David Gritt, art critic for Art Review and Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England)
“Thought the show was very daring – a restrained curation, the space was really serene and quite beautiful and the (video) boxes worked very well. It was also interesting to see how much was semi hidden. I felt you managed to combine approachable / accessible with what is actually a very challenging show and conceptually intricate. Well done to all. I particularly enjoyed Katya Sander’s work – both the showing and the content and Graziela Kunsch’s library of open process and the aesthetic punch of Walid Raad and Eric Baudelaire.”
(James Corazzo, Designer)
“As a journalist I guess you would expect me to take a keen interest in the current Quad exhibition but I don’t think you need 25 years as a reporter to appreciate what’s on offer at the Derby arts centre. With all that’s going on in the phone hacking scandal at the moment and the changing face of the way information is disseminated thanks to the rise of the internet, an exhibition looking at current trends in journalism and art (and the blurring of those distinctions) seems acutely relevant to us all.
All That Fits is currently in its third and last phase, The Militant, looking at counter images and information. I’d urge you to at least drop into the Quad Gallery and check out French photographer Eric Baudelaire’s war diptych The Dreadful Details.
This striking image is no less powerful for being posed, encapsulating the nature of modern conflict with an almost biblical composition. Foreign troops prowl dusty, debris-strewn streets where a woman cradles a slaughtered child in her arms. Most tellingly, from the safety of an upstairs balcony a man captures the scene on his mobile, ready presumably to upload the horrors on YouTube. “
(Friday, July 22, 2011: Nigel Powlson in ‘This is Derbyshire’)
“Firstly, compliments on the current exhibition at the QUAD, I found it very thought provoking and at times powerfully emotive, Eric Baudelaire’s piece in particular had an intense impact. *…+ regards the All That Fits exhibition catalogue. I found its format and layout quite exquisite and was very impressed with the print quality. “
(Michael Sargeant, Photographer and Curator)

Nottingham Contemporary – The Geopolitical Turn: Art and the Contest of Globalisation / Evidence and imagination: the urgency of geopolitics and the necessity of geopoetics by Alfredo Cramerotti

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by Curatorview on August 22, 2010

Talk for The Geopolitical Turn: Art and the Contest of Globalisation Conference 08 May 2010 at Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

What are the reference points for contemporary art in a global economy that creates enormous wealth as well as widening inequality? The opening conference explores the many strategies artists use to reveal the processes and human consequences of the globalised market economy.

Over the past five years Alfredo Cramerotti has written about the aesthetic merger of contemporary art and the news media. By adopting the ubiquitous tropes of interviews, graphic mapping, and Magnum style photography an increasing number of artists have borrowed from these visual languages to present their work into a context closely aligned with investigative journalism. Drawing from his recent book Aesthetic Journalism: How to inform without informing (2009, Intellect) and select works from Uneven Geographies, Cramerotti will be speaking about the growing overlap between global news media and contemporary art.

By addressing this topic Cramerotti will seek to answer a number of questions including: Does such an integration of art and journalism emancipate art from a closed sphere of discourse allowing it a more social and political dimension? Does the use of an investigative methodology within contemporary art practice shift an understanding of truth and subjectivity? By borrowing from forms of news media, what new modes of exhibition practice are artists, curators, and writers enabling to develop cultural relationships between the global relevance to local issues?

Audio of talk available at:

Enjoy Poverty: Screening and Conversation with Alfredo Cramerotti and Renzo Martens

Posted in nEws and rEleases by Curatorview on June 1, 2010

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