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.
Julius Visakavicius (b. 1992, lives in Zarasai, Lithuania) is an artist whose main interests are illustration, ceramics, installation and design. He graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2015, with a bachelor in Ceramics. His work is characterised by idiosyncratic topographies and minute details, featuring drawings and illustrations with surrealistic suggestions and satirical content.
Kristina Gedziunaite (b. 1993, Vilnius, Lithuania) is an artist working with photography and digital media. In 2017, she graduated from Vilnius Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Photography and Media Art. One of her main artistic concerns is the visual exploration and representation of nature, especially the typography of wildlife and landscape of her native country.
Daniele Fabiani (b. 1988, Valle Camonica, Italy); observing his father painting he decided to start his artistic path: Art high school on Lake Iseo, Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan, and an Erasmus in Belgium. He then moved and travelled a lot, carrying on a personal research among different jobs and exhibitions, artist-in residencies, teaching and workshops.
Keit Bonnici (born in Malta) is a London and Malta based young artist and designer. His transdisciplinary practice is an intersection of conceptual design, visual art, making and performance. His interests lie in reimagining the mediation between the human and nonhuman. In 2016, Keit graduated with a first class honours in Design from Goldsmiths University of London.
Laura Laasik, (b. 1989, Estonia, lives in the Netherlands) uses photography and video as the first contact with the local environment and the community. At times she sees herself more as a collector instead of a creator, after which she takes the liberty to assemble different collected elements together in site-specific installations to depict the main story within the work. Through this working method, she lets her ideas to be shaped by the variety of external information from the surroundings. Visually her work is often time-based while exploring the ground between documentary and fictional narrative.
Mark Buitenwerf is an artist from Groningen in the Netherlands. He is a game maker, sets up the rules and limitations of his work and inviteshis audience to explore, play, test and question the work.The emphasis of his works shifts between co-creation between artist and audience and creating game-like experiences. He like to bring random people together through the means of art and co-creation very appealing and deserving of more research.