Pauline Curnier Jardin
Produced in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, Rio Terà dei Pensieri, Zuecca Projects, Casablanca Studio, DROMe
Location
Casa di Reclusione Femminile
(women’s prison)
Giudecca, 712, 30133. Venezia, Italy
Opening Reception
April 19, 2022, from 5:00—7:30 PM
with a DJ-set by Kunsternes Hus
Further Access
April 20—22, 10:00—12:00 AM
Tomaso De Luca
Produced in collaboration with Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico
Location
Casa Venezia
Calle Seconda dei Orbi, 5201 Castello, Venezia, Italy
Dates
April 18—24, 2022, 10:00 AM — 6:00 PM
Press Reception
April 20—22, 9:00—11:00 AM

GOOD MORNING
Sleep is over. And this certainly isn’t a dream. No hallucination. No altered psychophysical state. Not even a little alcohol. We are in the hallway of a palace and in the cloister of a convent. In the house of two collectors and in the women’s prison of Giudecca Island. At the heart of Venice and in what used to be the suburbs. And this is certainly not a dream. This is a very exclusive party, where you are all welcome, but the doors are closed. Welcome to prison and welcome home!
Not in your home, but in other people’s: of the collectors and the inmates. With the bedrooms, the kitchens, the windows on the yard, the gate and the living room. No more, no less. Abandon your belongings, you who enter! And leave your expectations. You will find your own way of being here, in spite of the architecture and the institution. You will find a bit of art: that of the works on display, and, even more, that of the life that goes on around them. That intermittent public artwork that is being in the world. That survival strategy we call perception. That private work that cannot be owned. That SOMETHING OUT IT.

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PAULINE CURNIER JARDIN

On April 19, 2022 LIAF, Lofoten International Art Festival, unveils a permanent communal installation by artist Pauline Curnier Jardin (Marseille, France 1980) made in collaboration with the inmates of the Casa di Reclusione Femminile della Giudecca, an Italian women’s prison located in the XVI-century monastery of the Convertite where around 60 inmates now live. This project is curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi.

A recent winner of the Preis der National galerie, Curnier Jardin reworks the parlour room that connects the facility to the outside world, transforming it into a ritual space of encounter and celebration. Reversing institutional hierarchies, the inmates have briefed and commissioned Curnier Jardin. Together, through a series of collaborative workshops, photoshoots and drawing sessions with the Rio Terà dei Pensieri social cooperative, the Venice-based artist collective Casablanca studio and the Milan-based fashion brand DROMe, Curnier Jardin and the group of female inmates have reshaped the parlour of the penitentiary, using projections, furniture and wall paintings.

Adoration (censored version), a new film by the artist — developed through collective script writing and the animation of the inmates’ drawings and self-portrait pictures — is premiered on the big screen of the permanent installation.

The movie will then travel to Centraal Museum Utrecht, which coproduced the piece, and LIAF2022, which will open in Kabelvåg on September 3rd, 2022.

The redecoration of the room is inspired by Black Narcissus, a 1947 British psychological drama revolving around the growing tensions and desires within a small convent of Anglican nuns who are trying to establish a school in the old palace of an Indian Raja at the top of an isolated mountain in the Himalayas. Curnier Jardin’s project thus reveals a hidden history related to the Venetian monastery. Recent research shows that the parlour of the religious institution was used as a theatrical stage by the nuns who occasionally performed in front of their family members and Venetian authorities. Such carnival-like performances allowed the nuns to wear profane clothes and to suspend the social rules that forced them into a monastic life.

By overturning both the spectacular and exclusive logic of large-scale art events, and above all the isolation that has afflicted life in prisons during the pandemic, the work will be intended for the privileged use of the inhabitants of the detention community. The technical equipment, the objects and the signs that constitute it will be donated to the institution, so that the parlour can be used, on a permanent basis, as a hybrid space of reception.

Produced in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, Rio Terà dei Pensieri, Zuecca Projects, Casablanca Studio, DROMe
TOMASO DE LUCA

Something Out of It, the LIAF – Lofoten International Art Festival preview programme in Venice curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi breaks into a domestic environment. The courtyard of Casa Venezia, residence of the collectors Massimo Adario and Dimitri Borri, hosts a new video installation by Tomaso De Luca (Verona, Italy 1988). This has been produced in partnership with CASE CHIUSE by Paola Clerico. Winner of the 2021 MAXXI Bvlgari Prize, De Luca continues his investigation into the crisis of modernism — as the promise of a functional life for all — and processes of gentrification, linked to socio-natural phenomenons, such as the AIDS epidemic or the most recent climate change. Consisting of sculptures, photography and a video, the installation entitled Desperate Times debunks the myth of comfort, transforming the house into a treacherous place. Furniture and everyday items are transformed into potentially lethal traps  — the activation of such traps being shown through a visual grammar that is both threatening and comical. De Luca’s project is freely inspired by a news story. In February 2019, in Southwest Philadelphia, a real estate developer escaped an amateur guillotine hidden in one of his properties and designed to kill him. The artist links this event to the processes of climatic gentrification that are sweeping American cities: The violent act is read as an extreme and desperate attempt to resist increasingly brutal economic dynamics.

An ingenious collection of hatches, guillotines, sharp crutches, movable walls, free-falling weights, spiked floors, revolving doors, not only shows human beings in their pet-like condition/cage, but also reveals the artist as designer of a series of catastrophic events. A traumatizer. The traps thus take on the status of sculptures. The bourgeois drama of keeping things in place is set aside for a moment, to make room for a chamber-theatre of destruction.

Produced in collaboration with Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico

GOOD MORNING
Sleep is over. And this certainly isn’t a dream. No hallucination. No altered psychophysical state. Not even a little alcohol. We are in the hallway of a palace and in the cloister of a convent. In the house of two collectors and in the women’s prison of Giudecca Island. At the heart of Venice and in what used to be the suburbs. And this is certainly not a dream. This is a very exclusive party, where you are all welcome, but the doors are closed. Welcome to prison and welcome home!
Not in your home, but in other people’s: of the collectors and the inmates. With the bedrooms, the kitchens, the windows on the yard, the gate and the living room. No more, no less. Abandon your belongings, you who enter! And leave your expectations. You will find your own way of being here, in spite of the architecture and the institution. You will find a bit of art: that of the works on display, and, even more, that of the life that goes on around them. That intermittent public artwork that is being in the world. That survival strategy we call perception. That private work that cannot be owned. That SOMETHING OUT IT.

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PAULINE CURNIER JARDIN
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On April 19, 2022 LIAF, Lofoten International Art Festival, unveils a permanent communal installation by artist Pauline Curnier Jardin (Marseille, France 1980) made in collaboration with the inmates of the Casa di Reclusione Femminile della Giudecca, an Italian women’s prison located in the XVI-century monastery of the Convertite where around 60 inmates now live. This project is curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi.

A recent winner of the Preis der National galerie, Curnier Jardin reworks the parlour room that connects the facility to the outside world, transforming it into a ritual space of encounter and celebration. Reversing institutional hierarchies, the inmates have briefed and commissioned Curnier Jardin. Together, through a series of collaborative workshops, photoshoots and drawing sessions with the Rio Terà dei Pensieri social cooperative, the Venice-based artist collective Casablanca studio and the Milan-based fashion brand DROMe, Curnier Jardin and the group of female inmates have reshaped the parlour of the penitentiary, using projections, furniture and wall paintings.

Adoration (censored version), a new film by the artist — developed through collective script writing and the animation of the inmates’ drawings and self-portrait pictures — is premiered on the big screen of the permanent installation.

The movie will then travel to Centraal Museum Utrecht, which coproduced the piece, and LIAF2022, which will open in Kabelvåg on September 3rd, 2022.

The redecoration of the room is inspired by Black Narcissus, a 1947 British psychological drama revolving around the growing tensions and desires within a small convent of Anglican nuns who are trying to establish a school in the old palace of an Indian Raja at the top of an isolated mountain in the Himalayas. Curnier Jardin’s project thus reveals a hidden history related to the Venetian monastery. Recent research shows that the parlour of the religious institution was used as a theatrical stage by the nuns who occasionally performed in front of their family members and Venetian authorities. Such carnival-like performances allowed the nuns to wear profane clothes and to suspend the social rules that forced them into a monastic life.

By overturning both the spectacular and exclusive logic of large-scale art events, and above all the isolation that has afflicted life in prisons during the pandemic, the work will be intended for the privileged use of the inhabitants of the detention community. The technical equipment, the objects and the signs that constitute it will be donated to the institution, so that the parlour can be used, on a permanent basis, as a hybrid space of reception.

Produced in collaboration with Centraal Museum Utrecht, Rio Terà dei Pensieri, Zuecca Projects, Casablanca Studio, DROMe
TOMASO DE LUCA
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Something Out of It, the LIAF – Lofoten International Art Festival preview programme in Venice curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi breaks into a domestic environment. The courtyard of Casa Venezia, residence of the collectors Massimo Adario and Dimitri Borri, hosts a new video installation by Tomaso De Luca (Verona, Italy 1988). This has been produced in partnership with CASE CHIUSE by Paola Clerico. Winner of the 2021 MAXXI Bvlgari Prize, De Luca continues his investigation into the crisis of modernism — as the promise of a functional life for all — and processes of gentrification, linked to socio-natural phenomenons, such as the AIDS epidemic or the most recent climate change. Consisting of sculptures, photography and a video, the installation entitled Desperate Times debunks the myth of comfort, transforming the house into a treacherous place. Furniture and everyday items are transformed into potentially lethal traps  — the activation of such traps being shown through a visual grammar that is both threatening and comical. De Luca’s project is freely inspired by a news story. In February 2019, in Southwest Philadelphia, a real estate developer escaped an amateur guillotine hidden in one of his properties and designed to kill him. The artist links this event to the processes of climatic gentrification that are sweeping American cities: The violent act is read as an extreme and desperate attempt to resist increasingly brutal economic dynamics.

An ingenious collection of hatches, guillotines, sharp crutches, movable walls, free-falling weights, spiked floors, revolving doors, not only shows human beings in their pet-like condition/cage, but also reveals the artist as designer of a series of catastrophic events. A traumatizer. The traps thus take on the status of sculptures. The bourgeois drama of keeping things in place is set aside for a moment, to make room for a chamber-theatre of destruction.

Produced in collaboration with Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico
Casa di Reclusione Femminile (women’s prison). Giudecca 712, Venezia. Location views.
Casa di Reclusione Femminile (women’s prison). Giudecca 712, Venezia. Location views.
Casa Venezia. Location views. Castella 5201, Venezia. Location views.
Casa Venezia. Location views. Castella 5201, Venezia. Location views.
LIAF’s curators Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. Portrait. © Tania Innocenti.
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and window. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and chandelier. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and chandelier. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: screen and wall painting. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: screen and wall painting. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: screen and wall painting. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti 2022
Adoration, Still form film. Courtesy the Artist. 2022
Adoration, Still form film. Courtesy the Artist. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and window. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and windows. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and windows. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and window. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting and window. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, detail: wall painting, radiator, pipes. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Adoration, film installation, exhibition view. Courtesy the Artist, LIAF, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, ChertLüdde. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Portrait: artist Pauline Curnier Jardin, curatorial duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, Rio Terà dei Pensieri President Vania Carlot. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Portrait: artist Pauline Curnier Jardin, curatorial duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Portrait: artist Pauline Curnier Jardin. Photo: Tania Innocenti. 2022
Desperate Times, 2022 | video color, sound, loop, 16’35” | view of the exhibition at Casa Venezia, Venice, IT | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Desperate Times, 2022 | video color, sound, loop, 16’35” | view of the exhibition at Casa Venezia, Venice, IT | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Desperate Times, 2022 | video color, sound, loop, 16’35” | view of the exhibition at Casa Venezia, Venice, IT | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Desperate Times, 2022 | video color, sound, loop, 16’35” | view of the exhibition at Casa Venezia, Venice, IT | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Desperate Times (models), 2022 | mixed media, variable dimension | view of the exhibition at Casa Venezia, Venice, IT | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Desperate Times (models), 2022 | mixed media, variable dimension | view of the exhibition at Casa Venezia, Venice, IT | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Angora, 2022 | bronze, cement, resin, aluminum, rubber, plastic, iron, wood, stainless steel | 90 x 25 x 35 cm  | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Angora, 2022 | bronze, cement, resin, aluminum, rubber, plastic, iron, wood, stainless steel | 90 x 25 x 35 cm  | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Angora, 2022 | bronze, cement, resin, aluminum, rubber, plastic, iron, wood, stainless steel | 90 x 25 x 35 cm  | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Charger, 2022 | wood, iron, glass, brass, duct tape, varnish, extension board | 110 x 47 x 55 cm courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Charger, 2022 | wood, iron, glass, brass, duct tape, varnish, extension board | 110 x 47 x 55 cm courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022 | slide projection, digital print on film, 40 slides | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022 | slide projection, digital print on film, 40 slides | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022 | slide projection, digital print on film, 40 slides | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022  | photographic print on silver paper 30 x 42 cm (framed) | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022  | photographic print on silver paper 30 x 42 cm (framed) | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022  | photographic print on silver paper 30 x 42 cm (framed) | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto | Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022 | slide projection, digital print on film, 40 slides detail | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022 | slide projection, digital print on film, 40 slides detail | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto
Trödel (thirst traps), 2022 | slide projection, digital print on film, 40 slides detail | courtesy: the artist, LIAF, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto
Desperate Times, 2022 | video color, sound, loop, 16’35” | still from video | Credits: Camera Luigi Ciccaglione, Primo De Santis; Editing Luigi Ciccaglione; Cinematography | Color Grading Primo De Santis; Music and Sound Naemi | courtesy: the artist, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto
Desperate Times, 2022 | video color, sound, loop, 16’35” | still from video | Credits: Camera Luigi Ciccaglione, Primo De Santis; Editing Luigi Ciccaglione; Cinematography | Color Grading Primo De Santis; Music and Sound Naemi | courtesy: the artist, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto
Desperate Times, 2022 | video color, sound, loop, 16’35” | still from video | Credits: Camera Luigi Ciccaglione, Primo De Santis; Editing Luigi Ciccaglione; Cinematography | Color Grading Primo De Santis; Music and Sound Naemi | courtesy: the artist, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto
Artist Tomaso De Luca and curatorial duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi Ph. Courtesy: Claudia Rossini