Valentina Furian, supernatural ground, 2017, still da video
Letizia Scarpello, Troppo Umano, opera site-specific, idropittura su parete, moquette naturale, gommapiuma, varie in alluminio, coloranti per tessuti, flebo, Macao, Milano, 2018
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In partnership with:
With the support of MiBACT and SIAE, as part of the initiative “Sillumina – Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura”
THE BLANK RESIDENCY PRESENTS HIGHLIGHTS
HIGHLIGHTS is a residency program, created by The Blank in partnership with FARE – with the support of MiBACT and SIAE, as part of the initiative “Sillumina – Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura”- which sees diversity as an important factor of wealth. In the same cycle of residencies, different cultural operators will be involved and put in dialogue with the artists, depending on the specific needs. The aim is to offer artists the opportunity to develop innovative projects related to their experiences and a wider context of reference. The artists will be accompanied in visits to some artist studios and in the main institutions, introducing them to the operators of the sector working on the territory.
HIGHLIGHTS provides activities for meeting the public: the artists will have the opportunity to introduce themselves through open studios, workshops and informal conferences in which they will present their work and their activities. Visits and presentations will be organized in collaboration with associations active in Lombardy.
from 15 September to 15 October 2018
from 15 January to 15 February 2019
HIGHLIGHTS is an artist residency program. The aim of the project is to give hospitality to Italian artists in Bergamo and to offer them accommodation and relationships aimed at developing artistic, practical and theoretical research of the participants. The residence is designed as a meeting and work place to share ideas and experiences. The artists in residence will be asked to work on a project / idea proposal that will be developed during the period of residence and to share it with The Blank. The proposal will be presented at the end of the period during the day dedicated to the Open Studio. At the beginning of the period of residence, the guests will informally present their work and their activities, while at the end there will be a day dedicated to the studio visit and the presentation of the project developed during the period of residence.
A maximum of 2 artists will be selected for the period September / October and 2 artists for the period January / February 2019.
The residency program is aimed at artists resident in Italy under 35 working in the visual arts, photography, video, media art and performance.
The Blank Residency. Via Quarenghi 50, Bergamo, Italy.
• Offered by The Blank:
Travel expenses. 500 Euros. Accommodation and wifi internet. Kitchen, study and shared bathroom.
I – From 15 September to 15 October 2018.
II – From 15 January to 15 February 2019. For each period will be selected 2 artists.
• Request for participation:
Please send the application form fully completed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, by: - 4 July 2018: for the period September / October 2018; - 30 September 2018: for the period January / February 2019.
• Selection process:
The selection process is divided in two phases. The first phase consists in the creation of the shortlist to be submitted to the Jury by The Blank Contemporary Art and FARE, partner of the project.
The international jury will select the 4 winners.
The names of the winners will be announced:
– by 15 July 2018 for the period from 15 September to 15 October 2018
– by 30 October 2018 for the period from 15 January to 15 February 2019
The international jury will be known at the end of the registration collection.
HIGHLIGHTS is a project realized by The Blank in partnership with FARE, with the support of MiBACT and SIAE, as part of the initiative “Sillumina – Copia privata per i giovani, per la cultura”.
Valentina Furian and Letizia Scarpello are the winners of the first part of HIGHLIGHTS.
The projects were selected by the international jury composed of:
Domenico De Chirico (independent curator), Stefano Raimondi (curator, The Blank President) and Driant Zeneli (artist and artistic director of Mediterranea18).
Valentina Furian (Venice, 1989, lives and works between Venice and Rome). Her research develops starting from processes of re-elaboration of reality through the insertion of forms deviated from the custom. She is interested in the reappropriation, through the human taming of nature. The artist’s interest also aims at creating new places, modeling the space on a sculptural level and creating new enviroments.
Letizia Scarpello (Pescara, 1989, lives and works in Milan). She studied Costume and Scenography at the Brera Academy of Milan after a three-year degree in Fashion Design at the Istituto Marangoni in London. Analyzing the textile world in relation to human attitudes and social environments, she gradually focused her attention on the idea of relationship, also inspired by dancing, which she practiced for more than ten years, the theater and the performing arts.
The artists will have the opportunity to develop the projects related to their artistic practice and to meet the public through open studios and informal conferences in which they will present their work and their activities.