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Hillary Clinton's visit at Kenneth Goldsmith's HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails, curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, exhibition view, © Giorgio De Vecchi. Gerda Studio 2019 Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. Making Re-Reality Manifest
Marco Antelmi |

A conversation with curators Francesco Urbano Ragazzi     Francesco Urbano Ragazzi is a curatorial duo formed in 2005, whose research focuses on redefining the commission and the theoretical foundation of the work of art …

Sara Enrico, Mirroring, 2019 bronzo, neoprene, filo di seta 20x130x140 cm ca courtesy the artist photo: Beppe Giardino A Conversation With Sara Enrico and Andrea Respino
Vincenzo Estremo |

By using different materials and visual references to construct their narrative, Sara Enrico and Andrea Respino created the exhibition «Mai un vestito dunque, adeguato» at Quartz Studio in Turin. A few days ago I met …

Ravi Agarwal, Alien Waters, 2004-2006. photographic print series, Hahnemühle paper on dibond, various dimensions. Courtesy the artist. Ravi Agarwal. Ecologies of Loss
Vincenzo Estremo |

Indian artist Ravi Agarwal on show at PAV Turin Nowadays, photography is a kind of visual note. It has become – within the last decades of digital and “social” (r)evolution – a written track composed …

Cally Spooner, Installation view, Dead Time (2018), installation view, incomplete partition wall, score of 63 elements (inkjet prints, marker and pen on paper, pencil and ink on technical paper, plastic wallets), 1 x Bose 5 second-generation Virtually Invisible® single cube speaker, audio of nonprofessional, hastily assembled choir, amplifier, open windows, road outside. 15 meters, 4'31" loop. Courtesy the artist and ZERO... Gallery Milano. Photocredit: Roberto Marossi Interview with Cally Spooner
Marco Antelmi |

Cally Spooner is one of the most interesting figures in performance art today. Winner of the illy Present Future Prize at Artissima, Turin in 2017, she challenges object performativity while overcoming the binary definition of …

Maya Watanabe, Liminal (installationview), 2019. ProducedbytheHan NefkensFoundation. Courtesyoftheartist. Maya Watanabe: Liminal
Droste Effect |

On show Maya Watanabe’s new video installation by Lorenza Pignatti   Liminal is an intense journey that analyses the threshold of the recognizable and the representable, the visible and the abstraction. The video installation presents …

Sophie Nys Frottage (Hugo, Nicola, Christoph), 2018, Frottage and urine on card 100 x 70 cm, photos by Gregor Titze Not a Shoe. Sophie Nys at Guimarães
Droste Effect |

A few months ago we asked art writer Josseline Black to visit Sophie Nys’ exhibition “Not a Shoe,” hosted by Guimarães art space in Vienna. The following is the text she wrote on that occasion. …

Jon Rafman, Galleria Civica di Modena Jon Rafman: Il viaggiatore mentale, Galleria Civica di Modena
Lisa Andreani |

Jon Rafman’s solo show The Mind Traveler in Modena, Italy It does not seem so difficult to make the figure of Jon Rafman coincide with that of a cursed poet. His videos are like a chasm …

Pedro Neves Marques, Umberto di Marino Interview with Pedro Neves Marques
Marco Antelmi |

Pedro Neves Marques (1984) is a Portuguese artist based in New York whose practice ranges from video to the written word. Pedro Neves Marques’s works have much in common with science-fiction, but above all they …

Lawrence Lek. installation at Rivers of Emotion, Bodies of Ore Coast Contemporary: Rugged, weathered, above the sea
Droste Effect |

A reportage on the second edition of Coast Contemporary in Norway, written by Lorenza Pignatti   Coast Contemporary, a program held on board of the MS Trollfjord, constitutes an unusual and unique way to promote …

Susan Philipsz, Part File Score, 2014. Installation view Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin 2016. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. Artissima Live – Interview with Susan Philipsz
Marco Antelmi |

Following the experience at #ArtissimaLive, Droste Effect is publishing the interviews collected during Artissima 2018 in Turin; find all articles at #ArtissimaLive. Fourth conversation: artist Susan Philipsz Susan Philipsz (Glasgow, 1965) is not a sound artist; …

Hera Buyuktasciyan, Underneath the Arches From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars. Hera Büyüktaşçıyan for Underneath the Arches
Eleonora Castagna |

“The name of the work is From There We Came Out and Saw the Stars. It is the last quote from the Inferno by Dante Alighieri. We decided to translate it into English because we thought …

Quando somos 2 somos três, Installation view, courtesy the artists and Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, 2018, photo credits Pedro Guimaraes Quando somos 2 somos três. Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações
Claudio Zecchi |

A few notes on the group exhibition at Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações in Lisbon     Reading the title of the exhibition – Quando somos 2 somos três by artists Sara Bichão and Manon Harrois …

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