Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents the seventeenth edition of the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo announces the curators selected for the seventeenth edition of the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino (February – May 2023): Christy Eóin O’Beirne (Ireland), Katherine Jemima Hamilton (United States), Ariane Sutthavong (Thailand). The coordinator and tutor of the seventeenth edition is Michele Bertolino.

The curators were selected by a jury composed of Sepake Angiama, artistic director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (INIVA), London and Bart van der Heide, director of Museion, Bozen.

The Young Curators Residency programme consists of a research residency in Italy that has the dual objective of developing the professional and critical skills of the young curators selected, while aiming at spreading knowledge of the Italian art scene on an international level. The residency provides the opportunity for the three selected candidates to get in contact and work with Italian artists, and furthers the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s commitment to the national contemporary art as well as its engagement with emerging curatorial practice. The in-depth research process, which sees the curators visiting over 200 artists’ studios, museums and art institutions across Italy under the guidance of a reference Italian curator, culminates in an exhibition curated with the support of the team of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Now in its 17th edition, the Young Curators Residency programme is still a unique example in Italy and a renowned project internationally, thanks to the quality of the training provided and the outstanding practice pursued by the alumnae and alumni who, in many cases, hold prominent positions in museums and institutions.

The selection of participants takes place in collaboration with the most renowned international programs for curators: Royal College of Art, London; Graduate Program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; Curatorial Program, De Appel, Amsterdam; CuratorLab, Konstfack University of Arts, Stockholm; Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MFA Curating, Goldsmiths University of London; MA Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; MAS/CAS Curating, Zurich University of the Arts. Furthermore, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has decided to involve new institutional subjects as promoters of the candidacies, with the aim of achieving ever greater representativeness on the international scene. In 2021 a strong collaboration with the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai was settled. Through the establishment of a curatorial committee responsible for the nominations, RAM proposes candidates from East and Southeast Asia. For the 2023 edition, the committee – led by X Zhu-Nowell, artistic director, and coordinated by Tiantian Xu, curator – is composed of Alia Swastika, Esther Lu, Merv Espina, Wang Weiwei, and Sabih Ahmed.

The residency will end with an exhibition at Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, the historic headquarters of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Guarene (CN). The preparation of the exhibition is preceded by the study of bibliographic material and the dialogue with artists, curators, gallery owners, collectors, and museum directors from the most relevant cultural production centers throughout Italy.

The residency is organised with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo.

Curators

Christy Eóin O’Beirne is a curator, writer and artist from Bradford, UK. Deeply rooted in his Irish heritage and dual cultural identity, O’Beirne’s work interrogates and rearticulates notions of diaspora through the lens of fragmentation, land, shibboleth, mourning and decay. His research unearths the debris of displacement and explores the ways in which intergenerational colonial trauma is inscribed into landscapes and topographies, with soil, seeds and plants acting as both witnesses to and archives of violence, migration and memory. As Curatorial Assistant at Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (2021-22), O’Beirne curated Diamonds and Rust, Freya Dooley (2022), produced and edited a publication, If One Feather Falls… (2022), and assisted with several major exhibitions. O’Beirne previously worked as a Gallery Assistant at John Hansard Gallery (2019-20) and Lisson Gallery (2018-19), and as an Assistant Archivist for the restoration of Video Nation (2017). O’Beirne holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London (2019-21) and a BA in English Literature, Art History & Visual Culture from the University of Exeter (2015-18).

Katherine Jemima Hamilton is a curator, writer, and educator born and raised on unceded Ligwilda’xw territory. In 2014, she moved to Treaty 13 territory, aka Tkaronto, to pursue a degree in art history at the University of Toronto, only to move again in 2019 to unceded Chochenyo Ohlone, then Ramaytush Ohlone territory, known by settlers as the Bay Area, to learn more about contemporary art and curating. She is grateful to have been a guest on these lands. Her research interests include feminism and technology, craft and ritual in contemporary frameworks, repatriation and unsettling practices for colonial institutions, and exploring sound as a framework for making, working, and living together. She has held various positions at institutions such as Collecteurs, The Wattis Institute, KADIST, SFMOMA, California College of the Arts, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Art Metropole, and The Museum at Campbell River, to name a few.

Ariane Sutthavong is involved in curation, writing and translation projects at the intersection of art and politics in Bangkok. She co-founded the inappropriate BOOK CLUB, an ongoing initiative centered around the collective reading and writing of texts, supporting a third view of contemporary art in Thailand beyond both the confines of the state and the interests of capitalism. She is also a member of the London-based collective tent, exploring practices and theories that re-envisage dominant structures through temporary and tentative configurations and solidarities.

Coordinator

Michele Bertolino (he/him) is a curator and researcher living between Turin and Rome. He currently collaborates with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo as coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Program. He is editing the publication Porpora – a photographic book of Lina Pallotta’s work. He curated exhibitions in several institutions, among those: MAMbo, Bologna; Last Tango, Zurich; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino. In 2020 he was visiting lecturer in the LAB.ZONE PETROLIO, class led by Lili Reynaud-Dewar at HEAD Genève. Between 2019 and 2021 he worked as assistant curator of the 2020 Art Quadriennale FUORI, held at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. In 2018-2019 he was Junior Curator at The Institute of Things to Come with which he continued collaborating in 2020-2021 as curator of the research project “Guerrilla against the Uncessing Hostilities of the Livings”. In 2016 he founded with Bernardo Follini, Giulia Gregnanin and Sebastiano Pala, the curatorial collective Il Colorificio. His writings have been published in Nero Magazine, Flash Art and other magazines. In 2022 he published Albe e tramonti in Praiano*, written together with Giulia Crispiani. He graduated in philosophy of art at the University of Turin and in 2015-2016 he participated in CAMPO15, a course of curatorial studies and practices of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation.