By Eugenia Bertelè
Artissima 2018, Italy’s most cutting-edge contemporary art fair, is celebrating its 25th year anniversary. More than 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair, which takes place at the oval space in Turin, Italy from November 2nd to 4th. Artissima 2018 is under the direction of curator, Ilaria Bonacossa, for two years running. Positive collaboration resonates between museums, public institutions, foundations, and galleries throughout the city; in total, Artissima generates 3.7 million euro each yearThe theme for 25th year anniversary of Artissima is “time” (Time is on our side), which expresses the dynamism of an eloquent past and a future open to creative explorations.
The Fair presents four sections – Main Section, New Entries, Dialogue and Art Spaces & Editions – which are juried by a committee of key art players, including: Isabella Bortolozzi from the Homonym Gallery, Berlin; Paola Capata, from Monitor gallery, Rome and Lisbon; Guido Costa, from Guido Costa Projects, Martin McGeown from Cabinet, London; Alessandro Pasotti from P420 gallery, Bologna, Gregor Podnar, Berlin and Jocelyn Wolff, Paris.Main Section presents 94 established galleries on the international art scene, including 44 foreign. New Entries is dedicated to emerging galleries with 14 exhibitors, of which 10 galleries are international. Dialogue focuses on specific projects showcasing 2 or 3 artist’s work in close dialogue with each other, and features 19 galleries of which 12 from abroad. Art Space & Editions offers 9 exhibitors, including galleries and no- profit initiatives, specializing in artist’s editions and multiples. In addition, Artissima 2018 presents 4 curated sections: Present Future features the work of 18 artists from 19 galleries, all original projects created specifically for the fair or being shown for the first time in Europe; Back to the Future, a section dedicated to the rediscovery of the pioneers of contemporary art, especially those who’ve played a crucial role in the transformation of formal languages and contemporary practices. This year’s period of the investigation dates from 1980 to 1994, exactly 15 years before Artissima made its debut; Disegni, a program focused on drawing, an artistic practice capable of capturing the immediacy of the creative process in the space between the idea and the finished work, a media that is now appreciated among the new generation of collectors; and Sound, a new section located outside the Fair at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), situated in a dramatic exhibition space. An ex-industrial area of the XIX century restored in 2013, a cathedral of the Turinese industry, and a symbol of the city’s resilience and ability to transform its assets in new creative incubators – presents 16 sound projects selected by two curators, which focus on contemporary interdisciplinary practices. These projects use sound as a medium to transform space and perception, to reactivate memories, and to free the imagination. The Fair also serves as platform for private companies and art projects to find their trait d’union, where visitors can enjoy professional talks, explore educational programs for kids, and in occasion of Artissima’s 25th anniversary, experience the launch of Artissima Experimental Academy – an itinerant project born from the constant commitment to redefine boundaries of contemporary art through education. Don’t miss the chance to review on Look Lateral social channels many more live contents from Artissima 2018.