Louisa Gagliardi

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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AFA 2 (2) @ Art-O-Rama 2016, Aug 26 – 28

25 August 2016

The AFA 2 (2) group show is a Guest Project on at Marseille’s Art-O-Rama 2016 opening August 26 and running to the 28.

The show, led by nomadic ‘art project staircase’ 63rd-77th STEPS, will feature works by ÅYR,  Jesse DarlingLouisa Gagliardi, Gregory KallicheMartin KohoutHannah Lees, Kareem Lotfy, Daniele Milvio, Yuri Pattison, Fabio SantacroceAnna SolalDiamond Stingily, Philipp TimischlZoe Williams and Bruno Zhu among many others.

AFA is an Italian term for ‘mugginess’ ; a reference to the exhausting weather condition and the title of the first instalment that happened in a deserted bank over three days in Italy’s Bari in 2014, and the second, AFA 2, on a public beach in 2014. The press release for AFA 2 (2) explains its used as “a metaphor of our social, political and artistic scenario, and turned by the artists into black & white artworks, digitally printed on microfiber.”

To support the exhibition program, beach towels designed by the artists will be on sale.

See the FB event page for details.**

Jesse Darling, 'Beachtowel jpg for AFA 2.2' (2016). Courtesy of artist + group show 3rd-77th STEPS, Marseille
Jesse Darling, ‘Beachtowel jpg for AFA 2.2’ (2016). Courtesy of artist + group show 3rd-77th STEPS, Marseille
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Mirrors @ Duve, Mar 11 – Apr 16

10 March 2016

The Mirrors group show, curated by Elise Lammer, is on at Berlin’s DUVE, opening March 11 and running April 16.

There is little information given with the exhibition apart from that it “is a show about smoking”.

Artists include Neïl Beloufa, Charlotte Herzig, Gilles Furtwängler, Louisa Gagliardi, Ramaya Tegegne, and Pauline Beaudemont among others.

Also a part of Mirrors is a thematic film programme including works by Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, George Egerton-Warburton, Frank Lloyd Wright and Gabriel Lester on March 31.

See the Duve website for (limited) details**

Pauline Beaudemont, L'Age D'Or (2014) @ SALTS, Birsfelden. Installation view. Photo Gunnar Meier. Courtesy the gallery.
Pauline Beaudemont, L’Age D’Or (2014) @ SALTS, Birsfelden. Installation view. Photo Gunnar Meier. Courtesy the gallery.


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Louisa Gagliardi @ Mon Chéri, Jan 28

26 January 2016

Louisa Gagliardi is presenting an exhibition, Over and Under, featuring Adam Cruces + Greg Ito, at Brussels’ Mon Chéri, opening January 28 and running to March 5.

There’s no information on what the exhibition entails aside from a text by Laura Indorato Erba describing elements of French artist Henri Matisse’s practice for pinning cutouts to his studio walls. It carries on to relate this “perforation of the surface” to “a determined choice to form one’s physical identity these days”.

Drawing on ideas of body modification and home decorating as attempts to construct “an individual perception of a human being’s outer appearance” the wandering prose suggests a human modifies their environment to suit themselves, and not the other way around: “It has been turned into another form of expressing oneself through becoming a spatial ornament.”  

See the FB event page for details.**

Alex Cruces, Un coucher de soleil (2014) @ Exo install view. Courtesy the artist and the gallery.
Alex Cruces, Un coucher de soleil (2014) @ Exo install view. Courtesy the artist and the gallery.
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