Handle with Care. The second exhibition of the Carte Blanche project inside UniCredit STUDIO, Milan
In Milan the second exhibition in the UniCredit STUDIO: a network of exhibition spaces dedicated to young artists from Italy and abroad.
Handle with Care is the title of the second exhibition of the Carte Blanche series, to be held from 4th October to 17th December at the Milan UniCredit STUDIO, the first of the exhibition spaces opened inside UniCredit Branches.
The STUDIOS constitute a new formula designed by UniCredit to showcase young talent from the 22 Countries in which the Group operates. They therefore have a different role yet one complementary to the art purchases and the Group's Corporate Art Collection, insofar as they are structured to support up-and-coming artists not yet represented by private galleries, as well as young curators.
Carte Blanche is the name given both to the exhibitions, the meetings and presentations to be held in the STUDIOS, as well as the series of catalogues published to offer visibility to the research and experimentation projects of artists and curators, who - as the name suggests - are given "carte blanche".
When is it that we can really say that we know the context in which we live? Our era, our surroundings and the people close to us?
Handle with Care explores the theme of the journey, the crossing, the meeting of different cultures and identities. The exhibition sets up a dialogue between three Countries that all share a common border: Serbia, Bulgaria and Turkey, inviting three artists - each selected by a curator working in one of these areas - to tell of their own context of origin. From Serbia, Dušica Dražić, chosen by Maja Ćirić; from Bulgaria, Vikenti Komitski, chosen by Vyara Mlechevska; from Turkey, Ardan Özmenoglu, chosen by Isin Onol.
Handle with Care is the story of three boxes, sent to the exhibition space to give life to an original and manifold composition in which elements such as videos or small-scale works are placed alongside various kinds of materials, such as books, posters as well as archive or documentary images. The show thus becomes more than just an exhibition of single items: it provides the possibility to compare lifestyles, different political and social contexts and, therefore, also the different research and overall view of reality of three young artists.
The exhibition will be accompanied by Carte Blanche #2, the second issue of the UniCredit STUDIO publications. Midway between a catalogue and a collectable magazine, each issue draws on transversal contributions dealing with contemporary art as well as the specific themes addressed in each of the shows. The pages dedicated to the special section of the catalogue feature a story or rather a travel notebook compiled by the writer and journalist Matteo Tacconi. From Turkey to Bosnia, from Georgia to the Ukraine, his images and texts provide a fascinating snapshot of Central and Eastern Europe.
Opening to the public Saturday, 2 October, form 10 am to 7 pm. At 5.30 pm presentation with artists and curators. The exhibition will run from October 4th to December 17th, 2010.
(Image: Dušica Dražić, Young Serbians, 2006, video performance, still from video. Together with a Sam Hopkins)