Paratissima gets a makeover: it will be a true art station

The contemporary art fair Paratissima is getting a makeover this year: for about two months it will be a real art station, from October 23 to December 8, 2020.

After fifteen years, the contemporary art fair Paratissima is getting a makeover, rethinking the classic art fair model to experiment with a new exhibition format for independent artists and art galleries that is more sustainable and flexible.

Usually concentrated in the five days of TurinArt Week, Paratissima 2020 will extend for about two months, from October 23 to December 8, offering new and different content to the public. Its venue will remain the former Artillery Academy of Turin and its mission is still aimed at supporting emerging art, but the fruition times dedicated to the sections that make up the entire event will change.

Four events are scheduled: from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 Nice & Fair - Contemporary visions; from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 G@P - Galleries at Paratissima; from Nov. 13 to Nov. 22 Rebirthing - Art to restart; and from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8 Ph.ocus - About photography. Four collateral exhibition projects: L’Immortalità, a solo exhibition by Lorenzo Puglisi, curated by Luca Beatrice, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22; Storie Microcosmiche by Eleonora Gugliotta, from Oct. 23 to Dec. 8, who redesigns the abandoned spaces of the ARTiglieria with her sculptural threads; Think Big, the exhibition project dedicated to large works of art, not only in form but also in content and message, from Oct. 23 to Dec. 8; Blooming Playground, the basketball court in the inner courtyard interpreted as a lush flower garden by street artist Tellas.

Paratissima thus becomes an art station, a symbol of creativity in constant motion, and is transformed into Paratissima Art Station.

NICE & FAIR - Contemporary visions addresses the theme of contemporaneity in the five group exhibitions, involving more than eighty artists, curated by the eleven students of the N.I.C.E. - New Independent Curatorial Experience course. C.R.A.C. Cracks, Ruptures, Alterations and Scars, curated by Rosanna Accordino and Ludovica Lamoure, reflects on the concept of fracture and its declinations in the environmental sphere, society and the human being. Perspective Refuge, curated by Valeria Cirone, Paola Curci and Linda Lin, stems from a reflection on the Environmental Psychology theory of the same name, focusing on the everyday life experienced during lockdown. In utero. The Womb as Primordial Matrix, curated by Caterina Capantini and Giorgia Gibertini, focuses on the theme of the womb as the primordial matrix from which everything originates. In praise of chameleonism and inconsistency. To Survive Contemporary Chaos, curated by Clara Rodorigo and Margaret Sgarra, celebrates contradiction, adaptability and transformation. Places for people, curated by Giovanni Gerolin and Alice Pietrucci, reflects on the development of new spaces to combat the social distancing caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

G@P - Galleries at Paratissima is dedicated to industry professionals in the sale of artworks. Fourteen art galleries have been selected this year: Collezionando Gallery (Rome), MAG - Magazzeno Art Gallery (Ravenna), Independent Artists (Milan), Casati Arte Contemporanea (Turin), AD Gallery (Fiesole, FI), ArteQuadri (Camposampiero, PD), Wikiarte (Bologna), RoccaVintage (Turin), Artender (Alassio), Context Art Gallery (Treviso), CaputoColossi - Incontro d’Arte (Chiari, BS), Picta Grafica d’Autore (Ciriè, TO), Arte Gallery (Fermo), bART Gallery (Rome).

REBIRTHING - Art to restart, curated by Paolo Lolicata and Giulia Giglio, questions the future: in the current present we live in the expectation of a sign of hope or improvement, which allows a glimpse of a nuance of a possible and near future. The constant, the global common denominator, is uncertainty but, despite this, the desire for rebirth and the need for change stands out clearly on the horizon.

PH.OCUS - About photography, curated by Laura Tota, is dedicated to contemporary photography with two curated exhibitions and a special project to chronicle quarantine, lockdown and the power of visual communication of authorial photography.

Quarantined- Stories of Digital Resistance (and Discomfort) showcases photographic projects made during the quarantine and simultaneously carries out an investigation into the use of visual communication during the lockdown. The project is conceived and curated by Dario Donato, Teodora Malavenda, Chiara Oggioni Tiepolo and Laura Tota. From Quarantined comes the exhibition Please, stay home, which collects the photo-projects, conceived and realized during the lockdown, capable of returning unprecedented points of view and cues for creativity born within the domestic walls. Please, take care intends instead to be an invitation addressed to photographers to investigate what for each of them deserves to be photographed and told, and therefore shared.

Paratissima is organized by PRS. The artistic direction is by Francesca Canfora. It is realized with the support of CDP Investimenti SGR, a Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group company, the contribution of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and the patronage of the City of Turin.

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Image: Blooming Playground. Ph.Credit Simone Di Gioia

Paratissima gets a makeover: it will be a true art station
Paratissima gets a makeover: it will be a true art station

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