Re-thinking the biennial: a guide to MiArt 2017 at Fiera Milano, Mar 30 – Apr 2

28 March 2017
The annual MiArt Fair is on at Milan’s Fiera Milano, running March 30 to April 2.
Now in its 22nd year, the event brings together modern and contemporary art that seeks to find “links between the past and present.” Artistic director Alessandro Rabottini has worked with a number of collaborators to put on the ambitious and multi-faceted project.
Nora Berman, ‘Spiraling’, (2017). Courtesy the artist + Downs & Ross, New York.
The fair is made up of six sections, including ‘Established,’ curated by Alberto Salvadori, ‘Generations,’ curated Douglas Fogle and  Nicola Lees, ‘Emergent,’ curated by an advisory committee, which includes David Hoyland of London’s Seventeen and Emanuel Layr of Vienna’s Galerie Emanuel Layr. Finally, ‘Decades’ is curated by Alberto Salvadori, ‘On Demand’ by Oda Albera, and ‘Object’ by Domitilla Dardi.
In addition, there will be a collaboration between MiArt Talks and production house In Between Art Film that will explore a relevant issue concerning “the present and the future of biennials and the challenges of recurring exhibitions.” Over 40 directors, artists and curators will come together to participate in roundtable discussions on this theme. 
Here is a list of our recommendations:
Fringe Events
Courtesy Alona Rodeh + Grimmusem, Berlin.
– Outer Space at Futur Dome – the program brings 10 Italian project spaces together to mark the opening of the 1913 renewed building, featuring AlmanacTile Project Space and Treti Galaxie and more, Mar 27
– FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea presents The White Hunter. African memories and representations, Mar 30
ZERO presents The act of drinking a Coke by yourself is the lowest form of art with Adam Gordon, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Loïc Raguénès, Hans Schabus and Cally Spooner among many others – Mar 31
See the MiArt website for full program and more details.**
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Kembra Pfahler @ Emalin, Nov 15 – Dec 21

14 November 2016

Kembra Pfahler is presenting solo exhibition Capital Improvements at London’s Emalin, opening November 15 and running to December 21.

The New York-based performance artist and musician will show new works, as well as perform with her glam-punk band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black on the opening night. There will also be an evening of screenings on November 17, curated by the artist.

Pfahler works within a variety of media to explore anti-naturalism, sexuality and feminism. Often working in lofi, or whatever is most readily available, she coined the philosophy of availabism. Recent solo exhibitions include Fuck Island (2012) at New York’s Participant Inc and File Under V (2005) at London’s Rove Gallery. 

See the Emalin website for details.**

Kembra Pfahler (center) and crew, 'It's Not Only Rock'n'Roll Baby' (2008). Performance. Courtesy the aritst + Bozar, Brussels.
Kembra Pfahler (center) and crew, ‘It’s Not Only Rock’n’Roll Baby’ (2008). Performance. Courtesy the aritst + Bozar, Brussels.
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Sunday Art Fair 2016, Oct 6 – 9

3 October 2016

Sunday Art Fair is running alongside Frieze 2016, on at London’s Ambika P3 and opening October 6 and running to October 9.

Showcasing work by new and emerging artists and 25 galleries, the contemporary art fair also includes editions by the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art, Glasgow International and Liverpool Biennial, as well as the second Sunday Art Fair Print Portfolio, this year featuring new editions by Olivia Erlanger, Ian Law and Oliver Osborne.

Here are some recommended booths to check out:

Femke Herregraven and Jenna Sutela at Future Gallery

Elliot Dodd at Evelyn Yard

Stefania Batoeva at Emalin

Noémie Bablet, Maria Farrar, Sarah Forrest at Supplement

Neill Raitt at Anat Ebgi
Josh Reames at Brand New Gallery

Daiga Gantina, James Lewis, Alexander Lieck at Galerie Joseph Tang

BFGF, Debora Delmar Corp, Timo Fahler, Michael Pybus, Anja Salonen at ltd los angeles

Gina Beavers, Michael E. Smith, David Snyder at Michael Benevento

Strauss Bourque-La France at Rachel Uffner Gallery

Ivars Gravlejs, David Krňanský, Jimena Mendoza at Svit, Prague

See the Sunday Art Fair website for full programme.**

Header Image: Neil Raitt ‘Windy Waves’ (Bodhi), (2015). Oil on canvas. Courtesy the artist + Anat Ebgi.

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Augustas Serapinas @ Emalin, Sep 27 – Oct 29

26 September 2016

Augustas Serapinas is presenting solo exhibition Housewarming at London’s Emalin, opening September 27 and running to October 29.

Run by Leopold Thun and Angelina Volk, the show will open the doors to their new and first permanent space after two years of nomadic projects that moved around the world. To coincide with the exhibition, the Vilnius-based artist will also perform ‘Jõusaal (Gym)’ as part of London’s Frieze Art Fair live programme everyday from October 5 to 9 at the Live Platform.

Serapinas’ practice is concerned with the phenomenon of objects and spatiality and is “invested in recomposing socially engaged spaces in order to foreground and problematize the assumptions that shape them.” He recently exhibited  Dusting the Grounds (2016) as part of at London’s David Roberts Art Foundation residency program and Double Bind (2015) at Vilnius’s Rupert.

See the Emalin website for details.**

Augustas Serapinas, 'Dusting the Grounds', (2016). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Emalin @ DRAF Studio. Photo: Mark Blower
Augustas Serapinas, ‘Dusting the Grounds’, (2016). Installation view. Photo by Mark Blower. Courtesy the artist + Emalin @ DRAF, London. 
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If in One’s Own Time @ Emalin, Jul 10 – 17

8 July 2016

Nomadic curatorial project, Emalin is presenting the If in Ones Own Time group exhibition in Naples, opening July 10 and running to July 17.

Taking the form of an show that incorporates an event programme based around San Giuseppe delle Scalze, a church in the centre of Naples, some of the invited artists will give talks, tours, guides, and screen videos that relate to the overarching notion outlined in the press release that “the new begins in observations of the old”.

Included are works: ‘A walk with Antirrhinum majus’, a performance by Augustas Serapinas on the discovery of the wildflowers of San Giuseppe delle Scalze; a tour through the architecture of the Sanità district guided by Fabrizio Ballabio of artist collective, åyr; a library by BeckBooks and other contributions from several more artists including Rob Chavasse, Isabel Lewis, Hannah Weinberger and Maria Loboda.

Emalin have previously curated large group show Folly, that occupied an old stone building in Scotland known as the Dunmore Pineapple after the fruit it mimics, and the intimate installation, Honeymoon in Pickle Paradise in 2014 in a London hotel by London-based artist Athena Papadopoulos.

See the Emalin website for more details.**

Hannah Weinberger, event image for PERFORMANCE PERFORMANCE (2016). Courtesy the artist and Schinkel Klause
Hannah Weinberger, PERFORMANCE PERFORMANCE (2016). Courtesy the artist and Schinkel Klause, Berlin.
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FOLLY @ Emalin, Mar 26 – 28

25 March 2016

Itinerant exhibition series, Emalin, is presenting the FOLLY group show at an as yet undisclosed location in Stirling, opening March 26 and running to March 28.

Organised by Leopold Thun and Jasmine Picot-Chapman, the Emalin project most recently presented work by Stefania Batoeva and Adriano Costa, titled Tia Deth, where the two artists transferred collaborative work developed at Swiss artist Fabian Marti’s TwoHotel artist guesthouse in Piracanga ecovillage to a garage in London’s Camden.

Meanwhile, there’s little information given on the FOLLY show itself, aside from an email and phone number to contact for details on the exact location (info@emalin.co.uk or +44 (0) 77 9464 5380) and a list of artists, including Batoeva, with Gabriele Beveridge, Charlie Billingham, Than Hussein-Clark, Jonas Lipps, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Cary Kwok and many more.

An essay by writer and critic James Cahill with illustrations by Issy Wood will also be published to accompany the exhibition.

See the FB event page for details.**

Than Hussein Clark @ Condo (2016). Courtesy The artist, Mathew New York.
Than Hussein Clark @ Condo (2016). Courtesy the artist + Mathew, New York.
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Stefania Batoeva + Adriano Costa @ Emalin, Dec 3 – 17

2 December 2015

A joint exhibition between Stefania Batoeva and Adriano Costa, titled Tia Deth, is on at 50 Rochester Place in London’s Camden area, opening December 3 and running to 17.

As part of the itinerant series of shows organised by Leopold Thun and Jasmine Picot-Chapman called  Emalin, the exhibition follows the aforementioned artists’ collaborative work produced during a stay in “wooden shack” TwoHotel in Brazil.

The “artists’ guesthouse” was  constructed by Swiss artist Fabian Marti and is located in Piracanga ecovillage on the Bahia state coast. The work of the Bulgarian Batoeva and Brazilian Costa will be transferred to a 20th century garage in Camden.

See the FB event page for details.**

Stefania Batoeva @ Club Caligulahttps://www.aqnb.com/2015/06/19/club-caligula-2015-exhibition-photos/ (2015). Courtesy Supplement Gallery, London.
Stefania Batoeva @ Club Caligula (2015). Courtesy Supplement Gallery, London.

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