Ziad Antar (Lebanon)
Ziad Antar was born in 1978 in Saida, Lebanon. He graduated in Agricultural Engi- neering in 2001 and has been working with photography and video since 2002. In his works he looks for a compare with the past starting from the technique; for this reason he uses expired negatives and archival images. His research turns around the debate on the nature of the photographic instrument: what are its limits and how far is it possible to force them, test them and compare them with other techniques and suggestions? The past is used by Ziad to study the limitations, matching them with the progress of digital technologies. He has exhibited, among the others, at the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the New Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Seoul and recently the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bertille Bak (France)
Bertille Bak was born in Arras in 1983, today lives and works in Paris. Christian Boltanski has instructed her at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In her work she explores the community life that shows to have a social structure tight and sometimes closed to the outside: miners or other groups where social perimeter often corresponds with the real and geographic one. It is not possible to set a work of this kind unless it is deepened closely, this is why the artist becomes a member of these communities for a de ned time, living its rituals, folklore and social rules closely. The result can be a documentary or can take different forms such as settings or fabric paitings: these works rely upon the reality, in its rawness and pragmatism, redrawn following other principles, including imagination and utopia where the nar- row social and community life seems to deny them. Her works are exposed in many public and private collections over the Alps, including FNAC, FMAC Paris, FRAC Collection Aquitaine, FRAC Alsace, FRAC Limousin and FRAC Basse-Normandie, Pinault Collection.
Adelaide Cioni (Italy)
Los Angeles and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Her work starts from two constant features: on one hand the relationship with intimate settings. In this process the simplest daily life is ltered, rebuilt and introduced into dif- ferent housing acts. On the other hand the design: technique of ne “intimacy” that comes out from the personal life, assuming larger shapes that interact with the space. The design lives therefore in its simplicity, memories and places (before setting on the mind and then expanding in the work), in exact details: a window, a radiator, an arch or structure. She has exhibited in independent spaces and insti- tutional sites, recently including the Mambo, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bologna. In 2014 she has been a resident artist at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and in 2015 at Villa Sträuli, Winterthur.
Lionel Estéve (France)
Lionel Estéve was born in Lyon in 1967. He lives in Brussels. He works primarily with the installation, putting together fragile and almost ethereal elements such as nets, strings of beads, colored gelatin. In its works, the color assumes a structural and load-bearing function when it is projected in the form of re ection of light on space. Estéve uses materials found casually, such as rocks or recycled objects. The result is an evanescent and fascinating at the same time graphic needlework, thus involving the direct visitor experience as its fundamental part. He has exhibited his works at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, in 2003, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, and in 2005 at “Art Unlimited” in Basel.
Matteo Fato (Italy)
Matteo Fato was born in Pescara in 1979, where he lives and works. He graduated in Painting in 2006 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino. His work begins with an analysis of the language, the painted word and the pictogram: the research focuses on the period of time during which a simple design becomes a symbol that triggers mental associations, rst of all those related to language. Following this track, the search prospects his work as a painter: in his recent works, all the instrumental and functional part of the job (the cloth scraps, cases of the works) is on the same visual level of the painted part “canonically” meant. His works have been exhibited in numerous museums and public spaces. He has won several awards, including Cra- mun Prize, Terna Prize, Prize City of Treviglio. Among the residences, Nordic Artists’ Centre Dalsåsen, in Norway. He is among the artists invited to the XVI Quadrennial of Art in Rome.
Myriam Laplante (Canada)
Myriam Laplante was born in Chittagong in Bangladesh in 1954. She soon moved to Canada, then to New York and nally to Italy, where she lives and works since 1985 between Rome and Bevagna. The artistic career of Myriam Laplante starts in the 90s; she is very impressed to observe how the communication of facts, stories, events is so present to strangle one of the nest human feeling: empathy. This pre- ponderant daily dose to know everything and to know it anytime, it doesn’t always bene t to the civil life. Laplante analyzes these issues choosing as expressive means the performance, the video, the installation and, through them, she recreates eve- ryday situations to conversely prove their absurdity: for example the indifference felt towards wars and carnage just because we are not affected by them, as they come from different lter screens (once only television, today tablet, computer and phone) or because we are sitting in our living room. Since 2001 she has parte- cipated at many festivals in Glasgow, Geneva, Berlin, Bern, Montreal and Ilsede (Germany), with the Black Market International collective of performers. Her works are in several public collections, including those of the National Gallery of Modern Art and the City Gallery of Contemporary Art in Rome, the Musée du Québec and the Musée National de la Photographie in Ottawa (Canada).
Lek was born in 1971 in Paris, Sowat in ‘78 in Marseille. They have different back- grounds but share the same vision towards the city and the role of art in its scenario. They met in 2010 and since then they work together, sharing the common interest to the ‘’ Esploration Urbaine “, that is the search of abandoned places and modern ruins of the new industrial society. The goal, evident from the beginning, has been to bring the street art to abandoned places. The project Mausoleum has been created by this premise and it is an experience in which the two artists have invited more than 40 street artists for a resident work in an abandoned shopping center on the outskirts of Paris. The project has become public only in 2012, when the final result
has been presented with the launch of a photographic book and exhibition of the works realized in this way. The success of this experiment led the Palais de Tokyo to invite them for a two year project, where the two artists work using con ned and of secondary importance spaces, such as basements and the emergency exits of the museum. In 2015 they are resident at the French Academy of Villa Medici in Rome, where they continued to deepen their discipline, ‘’Urbex”, studying the underground tunnels of the city in search of possible points of connection between the graffiti, as traces of the archeology in the past, and the same contemporary expressions.
Luana Perilli (Italy)
She was born in Rome in 1981, where she graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts, in 2005. The artist works primarily with sculpture, installation and video. Her work always moves from the analysis of contexts and their protagonists; the latter can be furnishing of daily use or colonies of animals, such as ants. This survey always keeps Luana Perilli busy in many years cycles: the constant in this process is to illuminate the less well known side of things, even through objects. The furniture of a house becomes the emotional projection of the owner. Works that portray the ctional dialogue between drawers and tampered chairs, seeking each other’s company. The detailed design of a colony of ants is used to understand the human social organiza- tion. In her research “Solitary Shelter” some German postwar ceramics have been transformed into sculptures, representing a refuge and nest for pollinating insects. She participated in the artist’s residence in Berlin Monumentum, promoted by the Terna Prize. Most of her exhibitions include those at the MACRO in Rome, at the Biennial of Youth in Monza, the XV Quadriennial of Art in Rome in 2008, at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan, at the PAN in Naples.
Paride Petrei (Italy)
Paride Petrei was born in Pescara in 1978, and here he graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan and the Advanced Course in Visual Arts at the Antonio Ratti Foundation in Como. He lives and works in Pescara. Petrei works with sculpture and installation, investigating the ties that bind man to his nearest expressions, namely geography and history. He searches connections between the pituitary and the kinetic movement. Other re ections led him to wonder about the relationship between mass, matter and form, connecting areas seemingly distant from each other as the surface that could occupy human- ity if it were crammed into one area. In a recent solo show in the MAP spaces, the Museum of the Pontine Marshes in Pontinia, Paride Petrei has examined the con- cepts of anthropology, totem and colonization. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone (MB).
Gioacchino Pontrelli (Italy)
Gioacchino Pontrelli was born in Salerno in 1966, lives and works in Rome. Pontrelli is a painter, although sometimes his painting tends towards the three dimensions: in these installations, external elements rarely take over, but it is the painting itself (or the combination of the different elements of the working world as collages, color clippings, shot materials), which is done in three dimensions and conquers an architectural space. His research begins studyingf the furniture design: the artist is attracted by the politeness of these objects that well matches with the glossy magazines. Thus he seeks to transfer this lucidity on the canvas, through the use of enamels and industrial paints, although a certain voluntary chaos component always stays on. In the most recent works the paintings be- come more rare ed, the colors remain brilliant but the image of the furniture element disappears or it is increasingly more dif cult to peer it. The works by Gioacchino Pontrelli have been exhibited in many public spaces including the MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, the MART in Trento and Rov- ereto, the MAC Museum of Contemporary Art in Lissone, the CIAC in Genaz- zano and the 55th Venice Biennial, Collateral Events.
Enrico Tealdi (Italy)
Enrico Tealdi was born in Cuneo in 1976, where he lives and works. He gradu- ated from the Academy of Fine Arts in the same city in 1998. The art of Tealdi is expressed through very poetic images and he chooses ne painting and pho- tography to aim at this reason. To create an intimate dialogue with the audience the size is always restrained; he often works on canvas paper, a base where the boundary between painting and drawing is very thin. The common factor in all the work by Tealdi is the presence of memory and remembrance glaze: like the one of the grand chandeliers whose switching off, before the advent of modern multiplex cinema, announced the beginning of the lm. That invitation to silence is the same that the artist recreates through the installation of a huge chandelier of the same shape as the ancient ones in Vincenzo Virginio Square in Cuneo. He has exhibited at the HC Andersen Museum in Rome, the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, the Yellow space in Varese, the House of Literature, the Rivara Castle in Turin.
Raphael Thierry (France)
He was born in 1972 in Tunisia and grown in southern France. He lives and works between Paris and Avignon. In 1994 he graduated from the High School of Graphic Arts “Met de Penninghen” in Paris. In 2004 he won the residence at the Villa Medici French Academy in Rome, and here he spent eighteen months. Thierry is mainly a painter and an illustrator (under the pseudonym of “Raphar- ty” he realizes since 2000 a children’s picture books series, “The Adventures of Superchien”), but often uses sculpture, installation and theater collaborations. In 2010 he created the sets and videos for Lulu, an opera by the playwright Frank Wedekind staged at the Théâtre National de la Colline in Paris. In this perspective, even the professional collaborations are of particular interest: he had been working for several years with the philosopher Federico Nicolao and has made numerous performances with the composer Jerome Combier. Raphaël Thierry researches the light in his gurative paintings and charcoal drawings; an attitude that is sharper and obvious in portraits, nudes and landscapes. Among many international exhibitions, there are the ones at the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow and the Villa Medici Academy in Rome.