Under the arcades of via Nizza between corso Vittorio Emanuele II and via Berthollet – Episode 2 of ‘Spazio Portici – Percorsi Creativi’ was inaugurated, a project of the Contrada Torino Onlus Foundation in collaboration with the City of Turin and Creative Turin, thanks to the which along the 12 kilometers of arcades it will be possible to develop installations, exhibitions, temporary exhibitions and creative happenings, a real itinerant artistic path that will help give new life to the arches.
In via Nizza, selected by the curator Roberto Mastroianni, 3 male artists and one female artist were involved (two from urban art and two from contemporary art), Giada Giulia Pucci, Carlo Gloria, UfoCinque and Xel who, during the pandemic, worked on the theme of urban space, creating 36 works (8 from Ufocinque, 8 from Xel, 8 from Giada Giulia Pucci and 12 from Carlo Gloria) that show fantastic or rational architectures that confront and dialogue with the deconstructed images of human figures. The chosen artists, who have worked with four different approaches, share a research on the city and its physical temporal expressions. As for the 1st Edition at Via Po, the works have been set up along the arches and are accompanied by totems on which the QR codes are indicated that will allow you to discover the artists’ social pages. Till April 4th there is an open call for the 2022 edition.
“The second act of Spazio Portici – Creative Paths takes place under the arches of via Nizza” declares Germano Tagliasacchi, Director of the Contrada Torino Onlus Foundation. “A central but ‘peripheral’ space, where the persistent social and economic crisis shows its effects most. However, it is precisely these conditions that suggest trying, together with the communities and their involvement, to trigger a process of re-appropriation of an indispensable piece of the city, through a temporary exhibition of imaginative abilities and alternative visions as only artists can propose. An exhibition that wants to be the viaticum for future more structured transformations, always in the name of creativity so that via Nizza can fully return to the heart of the townspeople “
After the success of via Po, the curatorial choice fell again on Roberto Mastroianni. “In this ‘temporary’ edition of the open-air gallery of Turin’s Urban Art, it was decided to host two contemporary artists, Giada Pucci and Carlo Gloria, and two street artists, Xel and Ufocinque, around the curatorial con-cept of urban space and of / of its / its inhabitants – declares the art critic curator -. We thus witness a succession of images that bring together the ‘arcades’ of Carlo Gloria with the ‘urban maps’ of Ufocinque and the life in motion of the inhabitants of the city in a pandemic situation, Giada Pucci, and pre-pandemic, Carlo Gloria. Edition 2 claims the value of urban creativity as an essential part of contemporary art. I am happy that three local galleries host some works by the artists, claiming this connotation.” The images of the artworks from the second edition were take by photographer Gianluca Platania.
Carlo Gloria’s artistic research is linked to photography, painting and their synthesis through digital technologies. Over the years, his experimental works, installations, portraits, commissioned works and those of public art have merged into a fluid and indefinite vision of himself and of the relationship with others. An eternal coming and going from the subjective to the collective, the single individual who gets confused in the crowd, a blurry vision of our being in the world.
Artist: CARLO GLORIA
GIADA GIULIA PUCCI
With an artistic background, Giada Pucci has always been interested in visual art as an artist, researcher and scholar. Around 2000 he began to exhibit his research in numerous solo and group exhibitions in various Italian and European cities such as Barcelona, Bologna, Milan, London and Turin. She is also selected for a dozen competitions for participation in art seminars and workshops and in particular in recent years she creates artistic / cultural projects trying to raise awareness among the public and institutions on the issues of rights and welfare of Italian visual artists. His latest work experiences include teaching in 1st and 2nd grade schools and the creation of specific cultural projects through which he collaborates with the FLASHBACK Association for the Talk section and the Artist Meals column.
Artist: GIADA GIULIA PUCCI
UFO CINQUE – UFO 5
Matteo Capobianco, aka Ufo 5, was born in Novara in 1981. Originally active in the Italian graffiti and street art scene, he later experimented with a more complete definition of art in parallel with his design studies at the Milan Polytechnic. Regardless of the context, the basis of the artist’s research has its roots in the art of the past. Considering the history of art as a resource to draw from to create. After working as a set designer for various Italian theaters, he begins to create art installations, mixing the design method with the classic scenography, using hand-cut paper as a peculiar material. Central to his vision is the theme of the layer is used to create a multiplicity of interpretative levels in which the painting techniques are based on the unity of the personal project. The ‘form’ is never detached from the ‘function’, but they support each other to create a dreamlike suspended world.
Artist: UFO CINQUE – UFO5 – MATTEO CAPOBIANCO
Ussia Alessandro, aka XEL, was born in Turin in 1975. He began as a writer in the late 80s in Turin until the late 90s. After a break in 2010 he resumed the path of art turning towards Street Art and painting on canvas. In this phase, the art of Xel is characterized by a highly recognizable language, a graphic, clean, flat stroke, with a hint of 3D that refers to his origins as a writer. Since 2011 he has participated in various events such as the Venice Biennale, has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions and created murals in various public and private events. There is no shortage of important collaborations such as the one with Rai, in the 66th edition of the Prix Italia. His works on canvas are part of several private collections in Italy and also in other countries around the world.
Artist: XEL – USSIA ALESSANDRO
OPEN CALL FOR 2022 EDITION
Open Call for the involvement of young Italian urban artists and Piedmont high schools and institutes in the creation of curatorial and creative itineraries under the arcades of Turin through 5 temporary exhibitions The call is part of the “Spazio Portici – Creative Paths” project of the Contrada Torino Onlus Foundation according to a method already tested on two occasions: in via Po in 2020 and in Via Nizza in 2021. There are two sections within the call for the 2022 edition. Professional section: dedicated to professional artists and / or artistic curators. Educational section: dedicated to classes belonging to high schools / institutes of Piedmont. The deadline for the call is 4th April 2022.
Art Project: SPAZIO PORTICI
Open Call till 4th April 2022: https://contradatorino.org/portfolio/opencallspazioportici22
Curator: FONDAZIONE CONTRADA TORINO ONLUS
Photographer: GIANLUCA PLATANIA
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