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Five booths we liked at Artissima

Giorgia Massari

The undisputed protagonist of Turin Art Week, Artissima returns this year with an extensive selection. From the classic “fixed” galleries in the Main Section – such as Lia Rumma, Raffaella Cortese, and Galleria Continua – to the New Entries, among which L.U.P.O. Lorenzelli Projects (Milan) with the very young artist Giuditta Branconi and Fuocherello (Volvera) with Andrea Di Lorenzo and Giulia Poppi stand out. Celebrating its thirtieth edition, this year Artissima – in its traditional location at the Oval Lingotto Fiere and directed for the second year by Luigi Fassi – hosts a total of 181 Italian and international galleries with a rich landscape of innovations. As is often the case when visiting an art fair, it is impossible to pay attention to every booth present. In particular, this year, the installations are carefully curated, and many galleries aim for the wow effect by covering entire walls or using alternative flooring. Here are the five booths that impressed us the most.

© Photo Credits: Perottino-Piva-Peirone / Artissima 2023

#1 viasaterna with Ramak Fazel 

At booth 18 red, in the monologue/dialogue section, viasaterna (Milan) presents the Milan Unit project by Iranian-American artist Ramak Fazel (Abadan, Iran, 1965). The artist has created an extensive archive that covers the period from 1994 to 2009, documenting his experience in Milan. This archive includes photographs, notes, and personal and historical documents. The work exposes the artist’s life and the historical context in which it unfolded, with a particular focus on the world of design, featuring prominent figures such as Achille Castiglioni, Enzo Mari, Lea Vergine, Ettore Sottsass, Bruno Munari, among many others. Fazel’s work serves as a tangible testament to the past, which, despite being recent, now seems so distant.

Ph Credits Riccardo Giancola
Ph Credits Riccardo Giancola, viasaterna

#2 Colli Gallery with Francesco Cavaliere

Continuing along the path, at booth 12 fuchsia, also in the monologue/dialogue section, we are struck by the setup of Colli Gallery (Rome) with the personal project by Francesco Cavaliere (1980, Italy). The booth, clean and minimal, connects a new production by the artist with less recent works. Cavaliere’s artistic practice is diversified and includes a combination of writing, sound, voice, drawing, and sculpture. These elements come together to inspire creativity and give life to artistic journeys filled with fleeting presences. The artist creates sound narratives and musical compositions that often integrate with installation and scenic elements, adding dimension and depth to his works.

Ph Credits Sebastiano Luciano, Colli Gallery

#3 Matèria Gallery with Bekhbaatar Enkhtur

In the Present Future section, at booth PF 5, you’ll find Matèria Gallery (Rome) with one of the most intriguing displays of this edition. It features a site-specific installation by Bekhbaatar Enkhtur, showcasing a brand-new work to the public. Enkhtur’s artistic approach is rooted in sculpture, exploring material, space, and interaction with the audience. By using beeswax and aluminum, the artist creates pieces that reflect the concept of change and the vitality of materials. His exploration blurs the lines between reality and imagination, challenging the boundaries of artistic representation and offering a profound and engaging experience for viewers.

Courtesy Matèria Gallery
Courtesy Matèria Gallery

#4 The Address Gallery with Giuliana Rosso curated by Treti Galaxie

At booth 9 fuchsia, the Brescia gallery, The Address, presents an installation by Giuliana Rosso (1992, Italy), curated by Treti Galaxie. The booth features two new and site-specific drawings, accompanied by a selection of paintings and a paper mache sculpture. With her unique technique that combines paper and painting within an installation dimension, Giuliana Rosso transports the fair’s visitors to the past, leading them into that period between childhood and adolescence. Her subjects, in fact, are always young kids experiencing the typical dramas of that age.

Courtesy The Address

#5 Galerie Alberta Pane with Romina de Novellis 

In the Main Section, not far from the entrance, the Alberta Pane gallery (Paris, Venice) presents a “split” booth. What strikes us is the left side, entirely dedicated to the artist Romina de Novellis (1982), who covers the floor with straw. A basin is placed in the center, and a small fountain of water flows from it. Behind her, a video shows the artist taking care of a hen, placing it on her lap and protecting its ears from the noise, in an act of empathy and protection. The artist is accustomed to using her own body as a powerful means to denounce the restrictions and abuses imposed by contemporary society. Her long and intense performances are based on resistance and repetition, challenging the boundaries of the body and mind through repetitive gestures that transport the audience to a different dimension.

Courtesy Galerie Alberta Pane

Cover: Galleria Umberto Benappi, Studio Azzurro © Photo Credits: Perottino-Piva-Peirone / Artissima 2023

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Written by Giorgia Massari
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