curated by Antonio Grulli
featuring works by Anna-Sophie Berger, Benni Bosetto and Giulia Cenci

April 2020
Guest curator: Antonio Grulli

Antonio Grulli (La Spezia, 1979) is an art critic and curator who lives in Bologna. He deals with the collection and activities related to contemporary art at Palazzo Bentivoglio in Bologna (palazzobentivoglio.org) and has been collaborating with ArtVerona for four years. He has curated exhibitions for spaces such as Viafarini (Milan), MAMbo (Bologna), HEAD Academy of Art (Geneva), Kunsthalle Lissabon (Lisbon), Fondazione del Monte (Bologna), Museo di Castelvecchio (Verona), the galleries Francesca Minini (Milan), P420 (Bologna), Raffaella Cortese (Milan), De Foscherari (Bologna), 3+1 (Lisbon) and the Codalunga project space by Nico Vascellari (Vittorio Veneto). He has collaborated with magazines such as Flash Art, ATP Diary, Artribune, Cura Magazine, Exibart, Mousse Magazine, Arte e Critica, Boite.

“In the time of social distancing I miss physical proximity. Even if dangerous.

Remember, life is a killer.”

Antonio Grulli

1. Anna-Sophie Berger

mud coat 2, 2016
polyester, mud, thread, water
dimensions variable
courtesy Galerie Emanuel Layr and JTT New York

Anna-Sophie Berger (Vienna, 1989) lives and works between New York and Vienna. Berger creates a work that connects individual perception and intimate use with questions of material reality as part of socio-economic circulation and consumption. Populating body as much as space, her objects freely traverse sites and systems of value, physically and through images. While preserving this mobility they complicate a reading as discrete objects, encompassing elements of material transience such as decay, malleability or modularity.

2. Benni Bosetto

Angels, 2019
terracotta, metal and terracotta chains
170x135x30 cm
courtesy ADA, Rome
photo Leonardo Morfini

Benni Bosetto (Milan, 1987), lives and works in Milan.
The artistic practice of Bosetto develops from a deconstruction process of narrative fragments, acquired from a background in which anthropology, magical-religious and popular beliefs are reworked and brought together through drawing, sculpture and performance. This set of tales, photographs, news stories and religious beliefs are re-assembled by the artist who, neutralizing their historical and ethnographic derivation, transforms them into her work tools.

3. Giulia Cenci

marine snow (scuro-scuro), 2019
installation view at Kunst Meran – Merano Arte
courtesy the artist and SpazioA, Pistoia
photo Ivo Corrà

Giulia Cenci (Cortona, 1988) lives and works between Amsterdam and Tuscany.
In her process of observation, Cenci selects elements that are irrelevant details of industrial objects or parts of our environment, capable of expressing transitory qualities, vulnerabilities, promises, and failures of human activities. Most of her works investigates on the possible steps a thing is destined to assume, forming installations where objects and sculptures present elements of duplicity: belonging to forms and designs known and repeated in our present day along with the evident manual workmanship that scourged them, modeled them, stripped them to the bone or petrified them.