Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

Taking position

IUAV, Venice
Apr. 30 - May 2, 2013

A residency program organized by Aria Spinelli and Francesco Urbano Ragazzi in collaboration with ResidenzaItalia

Taking position

In the context of ResidenzaItalia, Francesco Urbano Ragazzi in partnership with Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa hosts in Venice the residency program Taking Position: Identity Questioning curated by Aria Spinelli and Susanna Gyulamiryan.
From April 29 to May 2, 2013, the artists Karen Andreassian, Armine Hovhannisyan, Sabina Grasso and Angela Zurlo will dig into the territory of the lagoon, following an ad hoc path traced by curators Francesco Urbano and Francesco Ragazzi, with the participation of Giulia Bini.

The touring residents will be guests of the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, where they will make contact to an institution that has been engaged in promoting the research of young artists for over a century. Assisted by Rachele D’Osualdo, they will be able to confront themselves with the history, the venues and the staff of the Foundation and to visit the exhibitions Moroso Award for contemporary art 2013 and Es Ist Verdammt Heiss Hier by Anna Franceschini, respectively in the venues of San Marco and Palazzetto Tito; moreover, they will visit the 12 ateliers of the foundation – in the sites of Carminati and SS. Cosma and Damiano in the Giudecca Island – meeting the artists who currently work there.

A public event is scheduled for the night of April, 30 at Punto Croce: a private apartment animated by a strong spirit of sharing, in the value of interdisciplinarity. The night will begin at 18:30 and will be developed in a convivial manner, with an introduction of the artists. A dinner open to the public will follow, ideated and prepared for the purpose of the event by the tenants of Punto Croce.

On the other hand, a second meeting will happen on May, 2 with a lecture at the Iuav University of Venice in the room 21 of Ligabue warehouse (Dorsoduro 3464), inside the workshop of Visual Arts held by Marta Kuzma. The lecture will be focused on the relationship between artistic mobility and identity articulation, with a particular reference to the case of Taking Position: Identity Questioning.

Moreover, during their days of stay in Venice the artists will have the chance to meet some art and culture operators such as Mara Sartore, director of the Circuito Off – festival internazionale del cortometraggio; Maria Morganti – painter and figure of reference of the artistic community in Venice, Nicola Genovese – artist and artistic director of the artist-run initiative; Samuel Baghdassarian – director of the Collegio Armeno.
The project is made possible thanks to the contribution of FARE which, together with RESIDENZAITALIA 2013, has offered a grant destined to the Italian residencies belonging to the network, a platform dedicated to the residency programs for artists and curators in Italy and abroad born from an idea of FARE in co-operation with Open Care and with the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, GAI – Associazione Circuito Giovani Artisti Italiani.