From 06 November 2014 to 11 January 2015
curated by Marianna Vecellio
The jury of Illy Prize 2013, consisting of Defne Ayas, Matthew Higgs, Beatrice Merz and Katharine Stout has selected as part of the Present Future section of Artissima 2013, the two artists, the French Caroline Achaintre and Turkey’s Fatma Bucak, assigning ex aequo the award that, as last year, involves the production of a work and its exhibition at the Castello di Rivoli.
(Iskenderun, Turkey, 1982)
Presented by Alberto Peola gallery from Torino, Fatma Bucak exhibits I must say a word about fear, 2014. Over the course of her time in Cairo in spring of 2014, she invited people of different social classes to participate in discussion groups on trauma. At Bucak’s instigation, the participants recounted their experience of fear through the use of objects, conceptualizing the notion of trauma through sound-based actions. The installation made by the young artists is the fruit of her reflection on identity and the definition of the feeling of fear and its elaboration through resilient practices. It is a complex narrative that touches on the themes of pain and adapting to it and invokes the overcoming of it through reconstructive and reconciliatory experiences.
(Toulouse, France, 1969)
Presented last year by Arcade gallery from London, Caroline Achaintreexhibits an installation composed of a large wall hanging tapestry and a series of ceramic sculptures and objects. Attracted to languages and the hierarchies rooted in textile and ceramic practices with clear feminist political references since her first forays into art, Achaintre creates large-scale tapestries and ceramic masks that reshape the idea of domestic practice. The artist’s complex installations combine modernist and primitive flavors, the exotic with the artisanal and fetishism with popular tradition, and they demonstrate her sensitivity to iconography and the typical languages of contemporary postmodern society.