These are the seven artists who conducted their own research during the first residency of AMUSE at MUSES in Savigliano:
Carmela Cosco, (Catanzaro, 1989. Lives in Catanzaro), who studied sculpture and painting at Accademia di Belle Arti of Catanzaro, proposes an installation which explores the link between the territory and the way of preserving the memory process. Small light-boxes, as family portraits, contain luminous frames which capture sinuous vegetal shapes and delicate perfumes; they yearn to freeze in time the essence of the past. Precious fabrics and sprouts re-invoke a surreal and fantastic context which recalls the “gardeners of the soul”: places full of personal and collective emotions.
Daniele Fabiani, (Lovere, BG, 1988. Lives between Milano and Valle Camonica), graduated at Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera and presents a site-specific installation where a raw wooden structure embraces a console table of the Palazzo, the mirror behind it reflects the intricate floral weave made of ball-point pen drawings on paper. In front of it, another smaller work is realised starting from a XIX century engraving.
Simone Mangione, (Como, 1988. Lives between Como and Milano), graduated at Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera, proposes a “viral” work which diffuses throughout the rooms of Palazzo Taffini. The artwork is made of little sculptures realised with edible materials such as chocolate and gelatines and recalls a 1500’s Wunderkammer. Its main feature is the process of transmutation which will lead it to constantly change during the exhibition.
Mykolas Sauka, from Lithuania, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius, proposes a sculpture made with cases he collected in the nearby market of Savigliano. The wood cases are a typical element of the market, which in turn is the most lively and sensorial part of the city. He chose wood cases since they are a sort of “endangered species”, always more frequently replaced by plastic ones. All brands on the cases witness companies, times and places thanks to which the artist interprets the spirit of the place.
Stefan Spiteri, (Mosta, Malta, 1998. Lives in Mosta), student at MCAST Institute of Malta, has worked on the concepts of adaptation, space and identity. Source of inspiration is a plant of Aralia, an exotic species encountered during the residency in Savigliano. His work is realised with graphite, beeswax and vetiver oil on papers; it represents a personal and unusual view of the context he has lived in and at the same time a metaphor of his disorientation during the artist-in residency.
Ivana Volpe, (Campobasso, 1988. Lives in Campobasso), who trained at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Firenze, realised an ephemeral installation where the public has the impression of stepping on stones: the visitor doesn’t expect them to break, instead they crumble and emit a perfume which leads him/her away. The everlasting and fragile is concealed in the ostensible toughness. The work is a consideration about the fragility hidden behind an illusory force, a mask of precision and resistance which unveils a caducity but also a poetic soul.
Vera Woldhek, (Helsinki, Finland, 1992. Lives in Groningen, The Netherlands), writer and poet graduated at Minerva Academy of Pop Culture of Leeuwarden, works by letting her states of mind define and contaminate her work. The concept behind her sound installation is the one of chaos: the artistic residency has been a chaotic moment for her and her work exploits the interactions she collected through her stay; instead of words she uses sounds, voices and noises to form a collage about her stay in Savigliano.