Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo announces the curators selected for the fifteenth edition of the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino (May – October 2021): Jade Barget (France / United Kingdom), Naz Cuguoğlu (United States / Turkey), Alice Sarmiento (Philippines). The coordinator and tutor of the fifteenth edition is Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti.
The curators were selected by a jury composed of Renaud Proch, Artistic and Executive Director of Independent Curators International, New York and Andrea Lissoni, Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich.
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 15th 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. Starting this year, 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 collaboration was established with the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai, which, through the establishment of a curatorial committee responsible for the nominations, proposed candidates from China and Southeast Asia.
The residency, this year held partially remotely due to the global health condition, 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.
Jade Barget (France / U.K.) is a curator and culture worker based between Paris and London with an interest in screen, moving image and performance cultures. Her research centers on the force and limit of images, embodied spectatorship and the influence of media upon our sense of self, memory, and history. Jade co-runs XING, a curatorial platform championing visual culture from East Asia, Southeast Asia and its diasporas. Informed by decolonial, anti-imperialist and intersectional feminist thinking, XING researches and fosters South-to-South alliances. Her most recent projects include curated programmes for XING and Nottingham Contemporary and the commissioning of new works by Adam Christensen, Eva Gold, Thuy-Han Nguyen-Chi and Aaron Ratajczyk. Jade has written for a number of publications including AQNB, diaCRITICS Los Angeles Review of Books, THE SEEN, and Untitled-Folder. She graduated from the Curating Contemporary Art department at the Royal College of Art, London with distinctions and was laureate of the 2020 Young Curator bursary from the Bureau des Arts Plastiques of the Institut Français and the French Ministry of Culture.
Naz Cuguoğlu (U.S. / Turkey) is a curator and art writer, based in San Francisco and Istanbul. She is the co-founder of Collective Çukurcuma, experimenting with collaborative thinking processes through its reading group meetings and international collaborative exhibitions. She held positions at Blum & Poe, KADIST, Wattis Institute, de Young Museum, SFMOMA Public Knowledge, among others. Since 2017, she has been working as an artist advisor for Joan Mitchell Foundation, and she is one of the jurors for Sondheim Artscape Prize 2021. Her writings were featured in SFMOMA Open Space, Art Asia Pacific, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere. She received her MA from CCA’s Curatorial Practice program. She curated exhibitions and programs internationally, at the Wattis Institute, 15th Istanbul Biennial Public Program, Framer Framed, D21 Kunstraum Leipzig, Red Bull Art Around Istanbul, Asian Art Museum, among others, and co-edited three books: After Alexandria, the Flood; Between Places; and The Word for World is Forest.
Alice Sarmiento (Philippines) was born and is based in Manila. She is a feminist, writer, independent curator, and full-time foster parent to seven kittens and one specially-abled cat. Prior to pursuing a Masters degree in Curatorial Studies from the University of the Philippines, she taught at the UP College of Home Economics, under the Clothing Technology Program. It was at this institution that she developed a more critical interest in the ideologies behind “women’s work” and other forms of emotional and affective labor, especially through their links to the global care chain, in which the Philippines is a major participant.
Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti is a curator and art writer living in Turin. In her practice she develops research-based exhibitions and public programs, expanding and experimenting with the traditional format of object-based exhibitions. She curated projects for Daelim Museum, Seoul; Artissima, Turin; Baruchello Foundation, Rome; De Appel, Stedelijk Museum, UvA, Amsterdam; GAMeC, Bergamo, among others. In 2018 she was the curator of the 6th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art and she founded the educational and performative platform The School of the End of Time with Ambra Pittoni and Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano. In 2018 and 2019 she was the curator of the New Entries section of Artissima. She gained education at De Appel, Amsterdam; Campo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Visual and performing arts, IUAV, Venice. She is a freelance journalist and her writings have been published in various journals and publications. She edited publications including The New Work Times for Maurizio Cattelan and Shifting Views on Italian Art. The Curatorial Residency as a Research Model with Irene Calderoni.
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