Cripta747 is pleased to present the works developed by Diogo Evangelista and Viktorija Rybakova during their stay in residence over the past two months.Cripta747 Residency Programme is the new project of resindecies of Cripta747 realized with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo. It provides artists, curators and researchers with the opportunity to live and work in Turin while developing individual projects and immersing themselves in the region's creative environment. With a focus on both material and conceptual production, CRP aims at implementing and rethinking new strategies in research and artistic practices, refocussing the attention onto the production processes, whether the outcome is a work-in-progress, an event, or an exhibition. CRP allows the establishing of long-term relationships with artists and introduces audiences to international issues.
Diogo Evangelista's work revolves around themes of desire and transformation, exploring the animist potential that the human imagination has to appropriate concepts, images, and environments. Through the research developed during his residence at Cripta747, the artist explores his interest in the observation of the unspectacular.A series of objects with geometrical bodies, made of pure asphalt, make ecological issues, Eastern philosophy, archeology, and science fiction come to mind.The weight of these black stones is evident as soon as you enter the space. In the exhibition, the sculptures are set up on the formworks into an alike arrangement, reminiscent of an ethnographic archive where finds made in an era when society was deeply dependent on fossil fuels are kept.Despite the use of simple materials, the composition is complex: groups of stones contribute to form a whole, without losing their plastic independence. The artist is interested in how people move in relation to the space, as if they were walking on a sort of lunar surface.Science fiction tells about these possible future scenarios. In some way, these monoliths recall the future proposed by Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Their geometric and austere shapes seem to contain information we cannot decipher and look seemingly impenetrable.Diogo Evangelista reflected on how to display these monoliths in the middle of an empty room. The stones stand wisely scattered in the rectangular space and none of them upstages the others because of any particular characteristic. All of them are mutually valorizing and the whole is in balance. Like in a zen garden, the arrangement of the elements in the space, the relationship between the stones, the expression of a universal essence, and direct intuition refer to an abstract geometry which holds all these suggestions together.
Over the past few years, Viktorija Rybakova has been researching human eroticism and the idea of the body as a sensitive fabric. In residence at Cripta747, she focussed on the theme of desire: the desire to touch and to be closer to the subjects of our fantasies.Sexuality is a call for a complex inner life, a need for connection beyond one's own body.Once our hearts start beating around the 22nd day of our existence, they give the first visible sign of life and therefore a deep inner complexity that is hard to define with words. No other emotion gives a more heightened feeling than a sense of sexual energy that links us up to everything that is.“What name can you give the source from which all names have sprung?” (from the poems of Lal Dĕd) Desire is the most laborious force that plays with visual and material sensations. As humans we tend to name the things we want to own.Therefore we create the whole world of meanings and language to come closer to the horizon of our fantasy, the subject or affect we desire for. The basis of capital markets and established material values largely depend on the economy of desire. As Georges Bataille writes ”By work man orders the world of things and brings himself down to the level of a thing among things. The more humanised men are the more their exuberance is diminished.” Once we own the desired object, the desire itself is no longer there. Desire wants nothing to do with hierarchies of consumption and dependence. In her creative life the artist wants to stay with unknowable potential, and in the meantime she wants to get closer to her emotional body and play with it through language. She believes poetry can open another dimension in our sensing bodies. Shown works: Orecchio di Venere, an installation with silk fabrics of the XIX century; In The Innerness of The Desire, an artist book that exploded in the space.
Diogo Evangelista lives and works in Lisbon. With a multidisciplinary practice, his work revolves around themes of desire and transformation, exploring the animist potential that the human imagination has to appropriate concepts, images, and environments. Evangelista graduated in Fine Arts from the Lisbon University School of Fine Arts in 2008. Recent exhibitions include: Space of Flows (ZDB, Lisbon, 2017) Greater than the Sum (DRAF, London, 2017) Utopia/Dystopia (MAAT, Lisbon, 2017), The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?) (11th Gwangju Biennale, 2016), Hyperconnected (5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, 2016), Matter Fictions (Berardo Collection Museum , Lisbon, 2016), Magician's Right Hand, (Futura, Prague, 2016) and Hybridize or Disappear (Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, 2015). Grotto-Heavens (CAC, Vilnius, 2014). BES Revelação (Serralves Museum, Oporto, Portugal, 2014).
Viktorija Rybakova was born in Vilnius, Lithuania and works as an artist and architect. Her artistic practice began as a choreographed paper architecture that opened up the world of senses and sciences. She is interested in the body that has to offer its warmth bridging the world that we are for together. At the moment she is working with neuroscience research, history of eroticism, involving politically engaged study of human body and decoding the languages we speak through a thorough exploration of the living tissues. (Photo credit: Goda Budvytyte).
Fanny Gonella works as the artistic director of the Künstlerhaus Bremen since 2014. There she organized solo exhibitions with Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr, Lina Hermsdorf, Margaret Honda, Marie Angeletti, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Armando Andrade Tudela, Nadira Husain and Tomaso De Luca, but also group exhibitions revolving around the extension of public space in the digital realm, female role ascriptions and spaces of action, and self-representation and economies of desire from a work by Lynda Benglis, among others. She worked previously as a curator at the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, where she organized exhibitions by Claire Hooper, Timur Si-Qin, Anna Virnich, Ed Atkins and Luca Frei. In 2013, she was awarded the “Independant Curators International New York“ research grant from the Institut Français in cooperation with ICI. After her studies of art history at the Ecole du Louvre and at the Sorbonne Paris I, she worked at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in the realm of a French-German exchange program. In Berlin she worked for the gallery neugerriemschneider and co-founded the project space Korridor. She was part of the curatorial programm *Kurator in Rapperswil, Switzerland and curated exhibitions in Vienna, Copenhagen, Paris and Tel Aviv. (Photo credit: Céline Gaille).
João Laia is curator and writer with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. Recent exhibitions include Transmissions from the Etherspace (2017) at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, H Y P E R C O N N E C T E D (2016) at MMOMA - Moscow Museum of Modern Art, V International Biennial of Young Art and Hybridize or Disappear (2015) at MNAC - National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon and Paços do Concelho in Porto. In 2014 he was in the curatorial residency of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin and in Barcelona co-founded the project space The Green Parrot. Other selected projects held at Videoex, Zürich, Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Videobrasil / SESC in São Paulo and DRAF - David Roberts Art Foundation, Delfina Foundation, South London Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery, in London. He is a regular contributor of Mousse magazine and has written for frieze, Spike Art Quarterly and Flash Art, among others. (Photo credit: Mike Ghost).
Caterina Riva is a curator and writer. She studied in Italy and in London, where she founded with Francesco Pedraglio and Pieternel Vermoortel the project space FormContent in 2007. With FormContent she organised exhibitions, performances and publications, working closely with artists. Between 2011 and 2014 she moved to Auckland, New Zealand to direct Artspace NZ, where she implemented a new artistic and curatorial programme, responsive to the local context and inviting artists from overseas. In 2016, while curator in residence at La Galerie CAC, Noisy-le-Sec/Paris she presented the group show “Les Limbes” and managed the programme of RIVIERA bookshop, hosted at the Istituto Svizzero in Milan. She is Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore within LA SALLE College of the Arts. (Photo credit: Janet Lilo).