alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

‘Conflict Reporting’ on Switch [On Paper] Issue September 2020

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on September 17, 2020

Image: Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, The Press Conference, June 9, 2008 (detail) from The DayNobody Died, 2008

Observing the limits of photojournalism in the face of humanitarian and wartime tragedies, artists have sought ways to bear witness to human suffering freed from the grip of media and government powers. Their approach is not without problems. Perhaps their critical potential lies in testing these limits.

Conflict Reporting

An investigation by Alfredo Cramerotti and Lauren Mele for Switch [On Paper], the only international news weekly where art and culture serve as a window on the world.

Full text here: https://www.switchonpaper.com/en/conflict-reporting/

Press coverage highlights for MOSTYN exhibition season November 2019-March 2020: Anj Smith, Chiara Camoni, Nobuko Tsuchiya

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on July 9, 2020
Hauser & Wirth Media: Anj Smith in Conversation with MOSTYN Director, Alfredo Cramerotti

Contemporary Perspectives on Digital Image Making: Lecture at University of South Wales, Cardiff

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 7, 2020

Lecture for MA Documentary Photography and PhD Courses

Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales.

Thursday 7 May 2020, 2pm

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Image: Martine Syms

Presentation on contemporary perspectives on digital image making, part of the body of research “The Hypermage: A Curatorial Approach on Expanded Photography”.

Artist in conversation: Sïan Rees Astley @ MOSTYN

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on March 3, 2020

MOSTYN: Exhibition Programme 2020

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on March 3, 2020

Exhibition Programme 2020

MOSTYN
12 Vaughan Street
Llandudno LL30 1AB
United Kingdom

T +44 1492 879201
post@mostyn.org

www.mostyn.org


MOSTYN, Wales UK is thrilled to announce its programme of exhibitions for 2020 which includes solo presentations by artists Kiki Kogelnik, Athena Papadopoulos, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Nick Hornby, Richard Wathen, and Jacqueline de Jong.

March 14–July 5, 2020
Kiki Kogelnik: Riot of Objects
Riot of Objects is the first institutional presentation in the UK to focus on Kiki Kogelnik’s ceramic works. Considered one of the key figures of the post-war avant-garde, Kogelnik’s multidisciplinary oeuvre spans five decades. Her multi-faceted artistic style evolved from painterly abstraction to Pop Art and the representation of the (female) body. This exhibition demonstrates Kogelnik’s boundless capacity for invention and restless commitment to making. Kiki Kogelnik was born in 1935 in Bleiburg, Austria. She lived and worked in New York and Vienna. She died in 1997 in Vienna, Austria. Curated by Chris Sharp in partnership with the Kiki Kogelnik Foundation.

Athena Papadopoulos: Cain and Abel Can’t and Able
This exhibition presents a new body of work by artist Athena Papadopoulos. Using her ever-expanding vocabulary of materials and ancient narratives, which she combines with unlikely elements, this new series of works includes sound, sculpture and painting, and explores human dichotomies, questioning the complicated duality of reason and emotion. Athena Papadopoulos was born in 1988 in Toronto, CA. She lives and works in London. Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN.

July 18–November 1, 2020
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings: In My Room
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ first solo institutional exhibition develops the artists’ enquiry into the politics, histories and aesthetics of queer spaces and culture. This newly conceived body of work includes a fresco painting, wall rubbings and a film, and highlights the impact of gentrification upon the city and its gay communities, whilst also exploring the relationship between masculinity, capitalism and power within the urban landscape. Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings were both born in 1991 in Newcastle and London. They live and work in London. Curated by Juliette Desorgues, Curator of Visual Arts, MOSTYN. Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery, In My Room is presented in partnership with MOSTYN and Humber Street Gallery, Hull.

Nick Hornby
This exhibition includes new photo-sculptural works by Nick Hornby, MOSTYN Open 21 “Audience Award” winner, and continues his enquiry into hybridity. Mining the collective index of cultural history, Hornby uses technology not only as a way of invoking potential new worlds but as a way of investigating alternative ways of seeing history. Nick Hornby was born in London in 1980. He lives and works in London and New York. Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN.

Richard Wathen
MOSTYN Open 21 “Exhibition Award” winner, Richard Wathen‘s solo exhibition comprises a new series of paintings. Rooted in the historical canon of painting, his work focuses largely on portraiture, depicting figures in states of hesitation and contemplation. Through the use of subtle details, his paintings retain a sense of ambiguity by refusing to be fixed in time and place. Richard Wathen was born in London in 1971. He lives and works in Suffolk, UK. Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN.

November 14, 2020–February 28, 2021
Jacqueline de Jong
Jacqueline de Jong is considered one of the crucial artistic figures of the post-war avant-garde. This exhibition is the first institutional solo presentation of her work in the UK. Throughout her career spanning half a century, de Jong has developed a unique painterly practice. Expressive in style, her work exhibits uninhibited eroticism, violence and humour. In parallel to her work as a painter, she was editor of The Situationist Times (1962-1967) and a member of the Situationist International during her early years in Paris in the 1960s. Jacqueline de Jong was born in 1939 in Hengelo, The Netherlands. She lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Juliette Desorgues (Curator of Visual Arts, MOSTYN) and organised in collaboration with WIELS where the exhibition will be presented by Xander Karskens (Director, De Ateliers) and Devrim Bayar (Curator, WIELS) (June 12-August 16, 2020).

WHAT I SEE: new figurative art in Italy | Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto / Galleria Civica Trento

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on March 3, 2020

 

WHAT I SEE
new figurative art in Italy

Galleria Civica, Trento 15.02 — 24.05.2020
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto / Galleria Civica Trento

http://www.mart.trento.it/ciochevedo-en


Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and Margherita de Pilati

Fourteen Italian artists – young or mid-career – are the protagonists of What I see: an exhibition that presents some of the most important experiences in new figurative painting. Comprehensive technical experience has allowed the artists showing their works to create realistic or hyper-realistic paintings, recovering the style approaches of the best-known classical tradition. Therefore, subtexts and symbolism, allusion and metaphor are all allowed, while at the same time, there is no shortage of fun, irreverence or social commentary. People and everyday objects populate these paintings, immersed in surreal, sensual and fairytale-like atmospheres that both surprise viewers and invite them to get lost in the details.

Exhibiting Artists
Giulia Andreani
Elisa Anfuso
Annalisa Avancini
Romina Bassu
Thomas Braida
Manuele Cerutti
Vania Comoretti
Patrizio Di Massimo
Fulvio Di Piazza
Andrea Fontanari
Giulio Frigo
Oscar Giaconia
Iva Lulashi
Margherita Manzelli

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Press Coverage: IDEAL TYPES [Chapter 2] at Marignana Arte

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on February 13, 2020

Press Coverage: MOSTYN Open 21 & Elisabetta Benassi: EMPIRE exhibition season (Jul-Oct 2019)

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on January 3, 2020

MOSTYN: New Exhibition Seasons Opens

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on November 12, 2019

Anj Smith
Chiara Camoni
Nobuko Tsuchiya
November 9, 2019–March 1, 2020

MOSTYN
12 Vaughan Street
Llandudno LL30 1AB
United Kingdom

 

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Anj Smith, Desert Epochs, 2014. Oil on linen. Copyright Anj Smith. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Anj Smith
This is the first solo exhibition in a UK public institution by Anj Smith.

Working primarily with painting, Smith’s practice reflects on the very possibilities and limitations of the medium itself. Her work excavates often overlooked art histories which she combines with her lived experiences to form the layers within her work. Exploring the very edges of representation, Smith’s intricately rendered paintings explore issues of identity, eroticism, mortality and fragility. Wildly feral landscapes, ambiguous figures, textiles, flora and fauna are intricately depicted.

Drawing upon sources as disparate as the works of Lucas Cranach, and the couture of Madam Grès, Smith weaves archaic traditions and contemporary signs together into a personal cosmology. Her paintings are rich in detail, colour and texture, collapsing strict definitions of portraiture, landscape and still-life whilst allowing elements of each to coexist.

About the artist
Anj Smith (born in Kent, England, in 1978. Lives and works in London) studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and Goldsmiths College in London. Smith has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries such as the Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany; Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands; The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN; Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, Peekskill NY; Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India; La Maison Rouge, Paris, France, and Me Collector’s Room, Berlin, Germany. Smith’s work is also displayed in the collections of many leading international museums and collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA; DRAF David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK and the Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland.

 

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Chiara Camoni, L’esercito di terracotta, 2012. Terracotta galestro Variable dimensions, detail. Courtesy SpazioA, Pistoia

Chiara Camoni
About this and that. The self and the other. Like everything
Featuring new and recent works, this new solo exhibition by Chiara Camoni includes a collaborative site-specific work created for MOSTYN.

Working primarily across drawing, sculpture and installation, Camoni creates spaces imbued with poetic sensibility. Her work is the result of a process which she calls “deviations” where materials are sourced through chance encounters and individuals or “various authors” close to her. Through this process, Camoni claims that “meaning is shared, it’s a small miracle. It’s her and their way of resisting—the fear, the passage of time, the news of the day.”

About the artist
Chiara Camoni (born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1974. Lives and works in Fabbiano, Italy) graduated in sculpture from Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and later worked at the Institute of Natural Sciences in Naples. Together with other artists, she founded the MAGra Contemporary Art Museum of Granara and the Vladivostok group. Camoni has exhibited widely in Italy with recent solo exhibitions at Arcade, London (2018) and MIMA, Middlesborough (2017).

Chiara Camoni’s exhibition is supported by Arcade, London & Brussels; SpazioA, Pistoia, Italy and Q International.

 

 

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Nobuko Tsuchiya, Asteroid Absinthe, 2019. Courtesy Private Collection, Wiltshire.

Nobuko Tsuchiya
30 Ways to Go to the Moon
This is the first solo exhibition in Wales by Japanese artist Nobuko Tsuchiya.

Tsuchiya’s practice combines a wide range of materials, often including household objects, collected over time, which she assembles and casts to create amorphous, hybrid minimalist mechanical objects. Presented across the gallery floor, the works enter into dialogue with one another creating arresting and poetic installations.

Through a careful shift in scale from the minute to the monumental, Tsuchiya’s installations engage with the viewer’s relationship to space. Her sculptures are in constant transmutation; they are repositories of memory and experience, signifiers of past, present and future imaginaries, hovering and shifting through time and space.

About the artist
Nobuko Tsuchiya (born in Japan, in 1972. Lives and works in Japan) has exhibited widely, most notably in 50th Venice Biennale, Italy (2003); New Blood at the Saatchi Gallery London, 2004; Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, New Museum, New York in 2007; Busan Biennale, South Korea in 2016 and Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, earlier this year. Recently showing at Leeds Art Gallery as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International, Tsuchiya is also a finalist in the Nissan Award 2020. She is represented by SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo; Galerie Aline Vidal, Paris and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.

Nobuko Tsuchiya’s exhibition is supported by Anthony Reynolds, London.
The exhibition is also supported by the Japan Society and is an official event of the Japan Season of Culture in the UK.

The exhibition season is curated by MOSTYN Director, Alfredo Cramerotti.

See more info here.

LECTURES Residencies Insights: The Curator as Meta-Artist. Modes of Curation in the Age of [Aesthetic] Uncertainty, lecture by Alfredo Cramerotti (Italy/United Kingdom), Curator-in-Residence

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on July 24, 2019

23 Jul 2019, Tue 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

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Image caption: Danilo Correale, Reverie. On the Liberation from Work (detail), ongoing collection of 12-inch LP vinyl records, variable dimensions, 2017. Courtesy the artist

In this lecture, Alfredo Cramerotti will discuss three curatorial projects which reflect different modes in which curatorial practice can function. Inspired by Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook’s Rethinking Curating. Art after New Media (The MIT Press, 2010), these three models are described as: 1) the iterative model, in which new projects grow around a selection of works of art or media, changing from venue to venue or from format to format; 2) the modular model, in which one embodiment of the project take places within a multilevel event structure, with the possibility to scale its elements up or down; 3) the broadcast model, where various people create their own infrastructure to circulate content (and the process of curating itself) under a regime of distributed responsibility. Arguing that these curatorial modes are hinged less on the “what” and more on the “how,” Cramerotti eventually defines the practice of working with a combination of these models as “acting as meta-artist.”

Find more information here.

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