Nina Cristante

Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016) documentation

30 March 2016

Artist and self-taught dietician Nina Cristante had a solo show, Life Sport at Athens’ Life Sport that ran last month between February 27 to March 19. For the exhibition, the grey sweatpants produced and sold by the Greek art space —and that each artist who exhibits there is invited to install or wear —are hung in neat rows on white hooks with their elastic waist ties hanging down, all to the right hand side and mostly in unison. There is definitely a way to the way that Cristante, who has shown work with Bari’s 63rd-77th Steps and has what could be described as an ‘accompanying’ sound cloud account does things in her works and in the way she installs them in space.

One photograph, which is mounted on a wall shows two women exercising. One is using her pushchair to do a headstand with and the other is balancing a baby with no hands on her lap, while she squats and tones her triceps against a park bench. It is a nice image to look at, partly because the gap created between the first woman’s leg and the pushchair might be mirrored in the gap between the second woman’s arms and the bench, and partly because we can see that Cristante has installed it at the top of a descending staircase, down to the lower floor, as though the photograph is resting and balancing at the top of a squat.

Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Life Sport, Athens.
Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Life Sport, Athens.

On the lower floor, and on the floor, is a large gym mat, whose corners Cristante has lined up delicately in relation to the position of the projection on one side of the room, and several hanging folded white towels, or pieces of linen, on the other, which mimic the grey and black sweatpants.

The documentation images for Life Sport themselves seem to exist to point out the subtleties and relationships inside the show and works, between the mat’s corner and the corner of the mat in the projected video, for example. In the same way that Cristante talks about “inner cues” and “making room for intuition” in relation to her diet during an interview for DIS magazine, the works are also available to be listened to.

In the video, Cristante is doing a set of exercises on the mat for about 13 minutes that are not boring to watch. This is helped by the simple piano playing track that accompanies it, which changes in tone as the exercises change in tone —for example, when Cristante sits almost lying down with her arm like a halo arched around her head, the piano notes go higher, slower and become more of a twinkle than a series of notes.

The sound and actions suit each other, no fuss and no excess, just like the shape made on the crumbling wall that hasn’t been touched up in the lower space suits the shape of the woman in the third photograph who is exercising by doing push-ups over a baby that is sat playing on something in a park. Both of them are being, regardless.**

Exhibition photos, top right.

Header image: Nina Cristante, LIFE SPORT (2016). Exhibition view. Courtesy the artist + Life Sport, Athens.




Dean Blunt @ Cubitt Gallery, Jan 27 – Feb 28

25 January 2016

Dean Blunt has a solo show at London’s Cubitt Gallery, opening January 27 and running to February 28.

There is little information to accompany the announcement of this show and it has no title. Hype Williams, the elusive music collaboration that once featured Blunt and Inga Copeland recently produced a chilling and beautiful new track, ‘Distance’ (listen below), which was also unannounced prior to its release.

Read aqnb‘s review of Blunt’s show, Brixton 28s held at London’s [space] in 2013 for an understanding of the nature and power of Blunt’s work as both an artist and recording artist.

Running at the same time as the Cubitt show, Blunt and Nina Cristante will also be presenting an  exhibition, hot16 together at Copenhagen’s Years.

See the Cubitt Gallery website for (limited) details**

Kelly Bar @ Pane, Jan 13 – 17

12 January 2016

New Milan-based artist-run project Pane is hosting group show Kelly Bar at Cafè al 5 on via Pellegrino Rossi 5, opening January 13 and running to 17.

Kelly Bar is a Chinese cafe that “DOESN’T list abstruse and exotic Chinese dishes with bright names”. Instead, the press release says, it has sumptuous Italian sandwiches and “fragrant breakfasts”. It is a Westernized place that “fully reflects the imagined expectations of a young Chinese teenager” while walking along via Pellegrino Rossi in Milan.

Artists showing at Kelly Bar include Lucy ChinenNina CristanteAdam Cruces,  Ilja KarilampiKareem LotfyQuintessa Matranga, Fabio Santacroce and Bruno Zhu among several others. 

Pane’s motto is: “Pane is bread, Pane is primary, Pane feeds, Pane crumbles”.

See the FB Event Page for more**

Ilja Karilampi, Espressen (2015). Courtesy the artist.
Ilja Karilampi, ‘Espressen’ (2015). Courtesy the artist.

Nina Cristante @ 63rd-77th STEPS, Aug 21

20 August 2015

Nina Cristante opens her new online project, fitness povero-homeworks, live on the 63rd-77th STEPS website from August 21.

The London-based artist’s work generally deals with health and wellbeing. Her main project, Zao Dha Diet, shifts in form from health consultations to “fitness povero” workouts to exercise music.

With fitness povero-homeworks, Cristante creates a self-sufficient and cost-efficient workout “for moms and peeps that can’t make it to the gym…in time of austere tightness and active living”. The project consists of nine “total body workouts” and a “full-body stretch”, accompanied by music from Cristante’s ninandkris.

See the event page for details. **


Eva By Heart Publication Launch @ Arcadia Missa

9 September 2013

Curated by Nina Cristante, Eva By Heart was a series of artist-led nights, running once a month from February 2012 to February 2013 at East London’s Visions Video Bar and charging its participants with the task of conceiving an event in the basement venue. Launching from that will be online publication at South London’s Arcadia Missa, on Thursday September 12.

Hosted by Nina Cristante, we’re just as excited about the musical after party to follow, featuring M.E.S.H, THROWING SHADE, VIPRA and event organiser Felicita at Exquizite Lounge. Listen to Felicita’s wonky, bass-battered-into-abstraction below and see the Facebook event page for details. **