SOMETHING OUT OF IT
Zuecca Projects is a proud partner of Something Out of It, a preview exhibition of LIAF—Lofoten International Art Festival, opening in conjunction with the 59th Venice Biennale. Curated by Italian duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, “Something Out of It” has been conceived as a precursory exploration of the curatorial themes set for the 30th anniversary of LIAF, temporarily uprooted from Lofoten Islands in the Arctic circle to the Venetian lagoon.
The project will take place in two venues: the parlour and courtyard of a functioning women’s prison, and a private palazzo. LIAF’s preview project in Venice aims to reflect on the production of biennial events, propose a new model for inclusion and sustainability and affirm a new alliance between art and reality.
“Something Out of It” is produced in collaboration with CASE CHIUSE by Paola Clerico, Zuecca Projects, Rio Terà dei Pensieri, DROMe, Casablanca Studio. The project is supported by Kunsternes Hus, Centraal Museum Utrecht, EVA International, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art and the Italian Council program (X Edition) promoted by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
Pauline Curnier Jardin, Fat to Ashes, 2021. Installation view at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (inside). Courtesy of the artist. © Mathias Völzke
Venue 1: Artist Pauline Curnier Jardin at Casa di Reclusione Femminile (Women’s Prison)
On April 19, 2022 LIAF unveils a permanent communal installation by artist Pauline Curnier Jardin (Marseille, France 1980) in collaboration with the inmates of the Casa di Reclusione Femminile della Giudecca, an Italian women’s prison located in the former 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 Nationalgalerie, Curnier Jardin will reimagine the prison parlour room that connects the women’s prison to the outside world, transforming it into a ritualistic space for meaningful encounters. Reversing institutional hierarchies, the inmates have briefed and commissioned Curnier Jardin. Together, through a series of collaborative workshops and drawing sessions with the Rio Terà dei Pensieri social cooperative and the Venice-based artist collective Casablanca studio, Curnier Jardin and the group of female inmates have reshaped the parlour of the penitentiary, using projections, furniture and wall paintings. A new film by the artist—developed through the collaboration and collective script writing with inmates—will also be presented, co-produced by the Centraal Museum Utrecht.
Location: Casa di Reclusione Femminile (women’s prison)
Giudecca, 712, 30133. Venezia, Italy.
Press and VIP Preview: April 19, 2022, from 5–7:30pm.
Further access: April 20–22, 10–12am.
Mandatory registration by April 4th: LIAF@margaretlondon.com
Selected audiences will have access to the project on exclusive previews.
Tomaso de Luca, Desperate Times, 2022. Video still. Courtesy the artist, Case Chiuse by Paola Clerico and Monitor, Rome, Lisbon, Pereto
Venue 2: Artist Tomaso de Luca at Casa Venezia
“Something Out of It”, the LIAF 2022 preview programme in Venice curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi, continues in the Castello district by breaking 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 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.
Pic 1. Pauline Curnier Jardin, Qu’un Sang Impur, 2019. Film Still. Courtesy of the artist
Location: Casa Venezia, Calle Seconda dei Orbi, 5201 Castello, Venezia.
April 18–24, 2022, 10am–6pm
Press reception: April 20–22, 9–11am
Press folder: dropbox.com