Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
Moderator: Rachel Spence, Arts writer and Poet
Koen Vanmechelen, Artist and Curator
Mario Codagnato, Curator
Sudarshan Shetty, Artist
Nadja Romain, Artistic Director
Rachel Spence is a writer and poet. She writes chiefly for the Financial Times on visual art. Having lived in Venice for nine years (2002-2011), she regards it as her second home and still spends much time there. As a result, she has written many articles about glass from Murano and beyond. She has written essays about artists including Vicken Parsons and Shirazeh Houshiary. Her poetry publications include her collection, Bird of Sorrow (2018, Templar) and new pamphlet Call and Response (2020, The Emma Press).
Internationally renowned contemporary artist Koen Vanmechelen works at the confluence of art, science, philosophy and social engagement. Best known for his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, Vanmechelen connects the seemingly unconnected in an effort to investigate, understand and document how we can bring about positive, practical impact on our moment in time and space. He has also been active as a curator since the 90s, curating among others the international GLASSTRESS exhibitions worldwide, most recently at the Ptuj Art Festival in Slovenia and Biennial of Venice 2019. During this year’s The Venice Glass Week, Vanmechelen curates Unbreakable: Women in Glass together with Nadja Romain at Fondazione Berengo.
Since 2005 Mario Codognato has been the chief curator of MADRE, the new museum of contemporary art in Naples, where he has curated, among others, the retrospectives of the work of Jannis Kounellis (2006), Rachel Whiteread (2007), Thomas Struth (2008) and Franz West (2010). He previously worked on the contemporary art project at the Archeological Museum in Naples, where he curated the exhibitions of Francesco Clemente (2002), Jeff Koons (2003), Anish Kapoor (2003), Richard Serra (2004), Anselm Kiefer (2004) and the first ever museum retrospective of Damien Hirst (2004). Since 1999 he has curated the site-specific public projects for Piazza Plebiscito in Naples. He has curated exhibitions for other institutions and written catalogue essays on the work of Alighiero Boetti (1992 and 1999), Richard Long (1994 and 1997), Gilbert & George (1998), Jan Fabre (1999), Brice Marden (2001), Wolfgang Laib (2005) Candida Hoeffer (2013), Douglas Gordon (2017) and Ed Ruscha (2019). He has also curated several thematic exhibitions, including Barock at MADRE in 2009 and Fragile? at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice in 2013. From 2014 to 2016 he was chief curator at the 21er Haus of the Belvedere in Vienna. Latest projects include Anish Kapoor at Macro in Rome (2017) and Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall in Norfolk (2018). Since 2016 he has been the director of the Anish Kapoor Foundation.
Sudarshan Shetty (b. 1961) has long been recognized as his generation’s most innovative conceptual artist in India. More recently he has become increasingly visible on the international stage as an important voice in contemporary art. Moving from painting exclusively to installation early on in his career, Shetty explores the fundamental ontological challenges presented by our immersion in a world of objects. His installations develop around a rigorous grammar of materials, mechanical exposure and unlikely juxtapositions of things that may belong to culturally distinct spheres. These works engage what Shetty refers to as “memory at large,” playing on the viewer’s encounters with the quotidian worlds of the city, home and street as they incorporate everyday objects, machine parts and ready-made objects, easily available in the streets around his home and studio in Mumbai. The installation made from these materials embed traces of urban processing as the city itself serves as the artist’s studio while the gallery is infused with the performative qualities of the street.
Driven by her passion for creativity, thought-provoking concepts and cross disciplinary dialogues, Nadja Romain has collaborated with leading contemporary talents and cultural institutions and produced both feature films and public art installations. Her collaborations as an artistic director, curator or producer include Matthew Barney, Harmony Korine, Isaac Julien, Ron Arad. In the past decade Nadja embarked on a journey dedicated to positive change in society, notably Co-Chairing Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising (2012) initial campaign to end violence against women and girls. She also serves as an advisor to the board of Women for Women International. This commitment sparked the launch of Art, Action, Change, a UK based charity with a focus on education and environmental issues, dedicated to social progress through the arts. The charity's ongoing main projects include The Ship of Tolerance by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, WeRtheFuture, a forum for children and Think Tank, as well as Venice for the World, a campaign to raise awareness on the current challenges faced by the Venetian Lagoon and to raise funds to support the solutions. Nadja is launching Everything I Want, a hybrid media, online and offline experience retail and community platform dedicated to ethical lifestyle.
Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
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September 26, 2020 2:12 am local time