Penumbra and program Vanishing Points

Penumbra and program Vanishing Points

Fondazione In Between Art Film

Karimah Ashadu, Plateau, 2021. Two-channel video, colour, sound, 27 minutes. Additional support by African Culture Fund, Mali. With thanks to Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination. Courtesy of the artist, and Fondazione in Between Art Film.

June 9, 2022
Penumbra in Venice
Vanishing Points
June 9–October 20, 2022
Complesso dell’Ospedaletto
Barbaria de le Tole
6691 Venice

Vanishing Points, the public program of Penumbra, kicks off today in Venice with a conversation between artist Karimah Ashadu and Osei Bonsu, Curator for International Art at Tate, London

Fondazione In Between Art Film is pleased to announce the kick-off of the public program that from June 9–October 20, 2022 will accompany Penumbra, its first institutional show that opened to the public at the Ospedaletto and Church of Santa Maria dei Derelitti in Venice on the occasion of the 59th International Venice Biennale.

Curated by Alessandro Rabottini and Leonardo Bigazzi—respectively Artistic Director and Curator at the Fondazione—Penumbra features a series of new video and filmic productions commissioned to Karimah Ashadu (1985, United Kingdom), Jonathas De Andrade (1982, Brazil), Aziz Hazara (1992, Afghanistan), He Xiangyu (1986, China), Masbedo (Nicolò Massazza, 1973 and Iacopo Bedogni, 1970, Italy), James Richards (1983, United Kingdom), Emilija Škarnulytė (1987, Lithuania), and Ana Vaz (1986, Brazil). All eight works are commissioned and produced by Fondazione In Between Art Film, an initiative founded by Beatrice Bulgari to support artists and institutions that are active in the field of moving images.

Reflecting on moving images as a space of material and metaphorical transformation, the works speak to us of a global, fragmented world, and turn our attention to shifting scenarios between vulnerability and immunity, truth and fiction, destruction and affirmation, solitude and collectivity.

Throughout its duration, the exhibition will be accompanied by a public program titled Vanishing Points and curated by Bianca Stoppani and Paola Ugolini—respectively Editor and Curator at Fondazione In Between Art Film.

Together with curators, researchers, and thinkers, Vanishing Points involves the artists featured in the show and expand the conversations around their practice via conversations, screening programs, performances, and live readings with the participation of:

Karimah AshaduCristina Baldacci, Osei Bonsu, Maria Malvina Borgherini, Lara Conte, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Jonathas De AndradeFormafantasma, Francesca Gallo, Aziz HazaraNatasha Ginwala, He XiangyuHou Hanru, Beatrice Leanza, MasbedoMarina Otero Verzier, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Andrea Pinotti, Filipa Ramos, James RichardsSusan Schuppli, Emilija Škarnulytė, Federica TimetoAna Vaz, and Kathryn Weir, among others.

According to linear perspective, a vanishing point is that real as much as virtual site on the horizon of a picture where its elements converge. It is the particular and universal point according to which the picture is fabricated and yet, despite being what the eye is invited to look at, it is also where vision paradoxically ends. Within and beyond this framework, the public program of Penumbra looks at the vanishing points which animate the works in the exhibition, acknowledging and engaging with a multiplicity of perspectives on activism, aesthetics, ecocriticism, geopolitics, philosophy, decolonization, critical spatial practice, and visual culture.

The program takes place at Complesso dell’Ospedaletto.

Fondazione In Between Art Film has activated a number of educational partnerships with prestigious universities of Venice that will offer formative experiences to their students. If you want to take part and are a student from Philosophy and Cultural Heritage department at Università Ca’ Foscari or from the Visual Arts department at IUAV, please contact your department’s administration office.

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