Careof open residency for STUDI FESTIVAL #2

Riccardo Giacconi – The Cool Couple - Serena Porrati - NASTYNASTY©

@ FDV Residency

15.03.2016 — 19.03.2016

Careof join this sparkling second edition of Studi festival, showing and presenting the work of the artists that are currently part of FDV Residency Program, an entire program of residences for creatives that took place in Fabbrica del Vapore.

Through FDV Residency Program, Careof will promote international exchange projects, inviting artists from all over the world and offering them important opportunities both for their professional development and also to relate themselves with the territory.


Riccardo Giacconi / DINOSAURI

Riccardo Giacconi is the winner of ArteVisione 2016, Riccardo Giacconi is the winner of ArteVisione 2016, a project by Careof and Sky that support young italian artists. The third edition has offered to the ten selected finalist - Aves Project, The Cool Couple, Irene Dionisio, Elisabetta Falanga, Roberto Fassone, Gaia Formenti, Valentina Furian, Riccardo Giacconi, Martina Rosa, Caterina Erica Shanta – an opportunity for their professional growth through ArteVisione LAB, a workshop with audiovisual and film industry experts. The final prize consists in the production of a video artwork supported by an internationally renowed mentor, the artist Adrian Paci and 4 residency months at Careof.

video, 25 min., 2016

The video, realized during the residency at Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, tells about the meeting with the tuareg community of Pordenone, the only one in Italy. Tuareg, or “blue men”, are nomadic people whose original territory is the Sahara desert, that doesn’t belong to any State or government.
Close to Pordenone we can find the Grave and Magredi areas, dry landscapes built by gravelly deposits of Tagliamento, Meduna and Cellina rivers. It is there, and also at the Natural History Museum of Venice, that the events narrated in the video took place.

Riccardo Giacconi, Dinosauri, 2016, still

The Cool Couple / OPEN STUDIO

The Cool Couple finalists of Artevisione 2016 prize, they have received a scholarship which consists in three months residency at Careof. The duo, born in the late 2012, has based its researches on the production, distrubution and consumption processes of collective representations. The Cool Couple tries to trigger critic reflections on the consequences of our actions along the unstable margin that distinguishes the visible from the invisible.
For Studi Festival, The Cool Couple has decided to open the doors of their new studio, making themselves available to talk about their artistic practice and their last projects, like Approxhimation to the West: a research about the West and its crisis. Through the analysis of a particular geographic area, that one of Carnia, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and analyzing the period between the spring of 1944 and May of 1945 – time frame in which this region has become the first republic in Italy and, after, the promised land of some tens of thousands of Cossacks – the duo created resonances not only with the european history starting from the second post-war period, but mainly with our present time.

The Cool Couple, Cossack boots, Arta terme #001, 2013, From approximation to the West.


Serena Porrati is the winner of Premio FOMAS Group - At the heArt of Forging, organized in collaboration with Careof, has as its main objective the promotion of contemporary art and the enhancement of the relationship between art and business, through the involvment of the artists.
In particular, the Prize aims to bring the artist closer to the practice of forging metals and its working techniques. The prize also requires the artist to realize a work through a technical and productive support of competent and equipped staff. The study expresses the interest on matter as a system of memory, accumulation and amnesia. The elements are thought to be a stream that overflows redefining the concept of essence and coexistence. Periodic and informatic systems converge, disclosing the viscosity of everything.
Time does not exist or it exists only in the form of lazy variations of temperature. The interior coincides with the the exterior and the process reveals the object to arrive at its complete dissolution.

Serena Porrati, 365 days of sun, 2014


NASTYNASTY© are Emiliano Biondelli & Valentina Venturi. Active since 2008 its research is focused on the impact of photography in our culture, in our dynamics of meaning generated by images and the power that these have to condition our world perception and the authenticity criteria. Photography, video and publishing are the areas in which NASTYNASTY is moving and experimenting.

Video Installation in loop 1min in HD, and two photographs printed on fabric, 2013/14

"You can have any color as long as it is black," wrote Herny Ford, in his autobiography published in 1922, talking about the well-known Model T. Standardize the manufacture drastically to allow everyone to buy a car. On the other hand we talk about the car, that is the car as the machine par excellence. Because machine is, from dictionary, "any device or apparatus built by appropriately connecting two or more elements so that the relative motion of these transmits or even amplifies the human or animal force or natural forces, and is capable of performing predetermined operations with fatigue savings or time ". The Tuners seem to stubbornly and successfully oppose this. Customizing your car to the point of making it almost unusable for the purpose for which it was built, working on it with an exhausting expenditure of effort and time. Heroic attempts to oppose the present consolidated purchase, consumption, capitalist junkyard, which transform serial products into unique objects. Singularity. Is it already art? Not really, but it's obsession, which produces an aesthetic. The Turbo Vanish project focuses on this aesthetic, appropriates it, alters its codes with a waste of intentions, and connects two universes that are miles away from each other, that of Tuners and that of contemporary art. Turbo Vanish is a Tuning project, the tuners obsessively process their cars turning them into something unusable; cars lose the purpose for which they were produced because they are transformed into sculptures with a huge waste of time and energy. This desperate attempt to create "post apocalyptic spaceships" is actually at the service of photography as driven by vanity.

NASTYNASTY©, Turbo Vanish, 2013/14, still


Riccardo Giacconi (San Severino Marche, 1985)

lives in Venice. He has studied at IUAV University of Venice, with some study periods at UWE in Bristol and at New York University. In 2007 has co-founded the collective Blauer Hase for which he is in charge of the periodical publication Paesaggio and of the Helicotrema festival.

Selection of exhibitions:
2015: Il corpo nero, in collaboration with Alessio Del Dotto, Placentia Arte, Piacenza, Italia; The man who sat on himself, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy. Towards the Object, MMSU Rijeka, Croazia; Reims Scenes d’Europe, FRA C Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France. 2014. Scherzo, Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia; Lo qué no está, lugar a dudas, Cali, Colombia.
Festival and prizes:
2015: New York Film Festival, Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, Torino Film Festival, FID Marseille International Film Festival ( Grand Prix della competizione internazionale nel 2015), Filmmaker Festival di Milano (Primo Premio “Prospettive” 2015).
2015-2016: Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia, Italia. 2013: La Box, Bourges, France; MACRO , Museo d’arte contemporanea di Roma, Roma, Italia. 2012 Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia.

The Cool Couple:

Simone Santilli (Portogruaro, 1987) is both living and working in Milan. Three- year degree in Visual Arts and Entertainment at IUAV University in Venice; Master in Photography and Visual Design at Fondazione FOR MA and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano.
Niccolò Benetton (Arzignano, 1986) is living and working in Milan. Three-year degree in Philosophy at Università degli Studi di Bologna; Masterclass in photojournalism at Contrasto Milano; Master in Photography and Visual Design at Fondazione FORMA and Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano.

Selection of exhibitions and prizes:
Premio Graziadei, Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Roma (primo premio); Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Parc des Ateliers, Arles; VX30 Chaotic Passion, Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova; I Borsisti della 98ma Collettiva Bevilacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venezia.
Residenze. 2015: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte; Plat(t)form Program, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Svizzera.

Serena Porrati (1981)

lives and work between London and Milan. Her research casts doubt on the distance that separates us from the non-human, from the inorganic. Her work reflects on the industrial and geological binaries, nature and artifice, as well as with the ideas of control and possibilities: themes that speak beyond the language of art, touching our environment and our society.

Recent personal exhibitions:
2014: COLLASSO MAG Arco Museo Alto Garda. 2012: Supporto Chan Genova. 2011: Faccio fatica, a volte, a vivere da anarchico, Spazio Senzatitolo Roma
Recent collective exhibitions:
2015: CHAOTIC PASSION Museo Villa Croce Genova, THE WRONG new digital art biennale, MOSTYN OPEN 19, Mostyn Gallery; 2014: A-EYE Goldsmith University; 2013: Show One Central Saint Martins, Encounters between Art and Science British Library, London, The Crooked Tree Sink Art Gallery London; 2012: Artists’ Shorts. An Unfinished World Modern Art Oxford, Is It Really Now? Galleria Artra Milano.
Residences and prizes:
2015: Mostyn Open19 2013: Iron R2, Sculptor Factory Cork, 2012: Advanced Course in Visual Art, FAR Como 2011:, Default Masterclass in Residence, Ramdom and AGM culture Lecce, _ApertoArt on the Border, Valle Camonica


have displayed their works in New York, Miami, Cleveland (USA), San Pietroburgo (RUS), Taipei (Taiwan), Londra (UK), Preston (UK), Berwick (UK), Savignano, Reggio Emilia, Venezia e Milano (ITA). In addition, the duo’s editorial projects are available at the Careof bookshop.