The residency project Memories and Encounters, invite groups of artists, thanks to the precious contribution of Fondazione Cariplo, that promotes the entire project, of PaBAAC part of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, that actively supports the international exchange project, and also thanks to Gemmo spa, Viafarini’s institutional partner, ACACIA - Associazione Amici Arte Contemporanea, and Fiorucci Art Trust.
The educational program for High School student continues thanks to the partnership with Milanese division of ANISA, national association of art teachers.
Artist Sharon Houkema, who received a bursary from Fiorucci Art Trust, has been selected during the Open Atelier 2009 at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam.
Joanne Robertson has been nominated by Scottish artist Martin Creed and eventually selected by Viafarini's board. Italian artist Igor Muroni has been selected by a jury composed by Chiara Agnello, Davide Ferri, Emilio Giorgi, Antonio Grulli, Carolina Italiano, Stefania Morellato, Gabi Scardi, Marco Tagliaferro and Gemma Testa, among a shortlist of ten candidates chose by Viafarini's board.
Sharon Houkema (1975) A landscape can be viewed in two different ways, you can look at it from a mountaintop or by walking in it. In the work of Sharon Houkema both modes of perception are joined. Perception itself appears to be the subject, but the works are not that easily caught: what seems simple at turns out to be complex when you look closer. That which appears to be randomly chosen reveals its consistency over time. Time and space, standstill and motion and also the medium itself all take a part in this process. The shifting between the various standpoints are journeys to be taken by the viewer.
Igor Muroni (1976) ”My project for the residency aims at ‘inhabiting’ both the cultural and architectural dimensions of the space located in via Carlo Farini 35, by the means of a work in progress approach, sometimes implying the direct involvement of the public: a kind of participatory dimension, addressing to record the collective experiences. The final result will be a series of temporary events, including screenings, guided listenings, performances, panel discussions, readings and other initiatives. The final formalization of the project will be an installation that will put on display the all the process of creative research led during the three month residency. The research field will be represented by the noise culture, not to be considered as a music genre, but rather as the condition of physical sickness caused by a bulimic approach to pop culture.”
Joanne Robertson (1979) “The work I make often experiments with ideas about beauty and sophistication. Painting the figure is a large part of my practice. The fleshiness and form of the figure is fascinating to me, in part for the colors and tones and also in the way the human condition can be explored. During my residency in Milan I will look out at what painting means, looking at its communicative powers and questioning if it is still something worth looking at today. Making emotive acts is important to me. Poetry, drawing, taking photographs and playing music, all inform my practice to give it a self created substance for me to rummage through. Painting is a way of looking at a visual surface, which paradoxically addresses internal hidden emotions. There is an immediacy about paint which I love, I like it to almost look gross, disgusting, ugly, but then I find some beauty still lurking inside it somewhere. I also very much enjoy painting from life, so I will be interested to see what the light is like to work with in Milan. Researching confessional poetry is something I enjoy doing, the poems I am looking at draw on the act of creating something vulnerable and raw whilst at the same time giving it a structure to compete with.”