Francesco Lucifora

  • picks February 12, 2018

    Carola Bonfili

    When Carola Bonfili learned by chance that an asteroid in our solar system bears the name Kafka, she began a personal investigation into the radical nature of make-believe, marking the beginning of her dynamic invention “3412 Kafka.” This exhibition, curated by Ilaria Gianni, consists of actions and images that attempt to define an elusive future. One project (all works cited titled 3412 Kafka, 2017) results from an educational laboratory hosted by the artist that afforded a group of schoolchildren the opportunity to construct, out of recycled material, three-dimensional planets. Each work,

  • picks January 12, 2017

    Zehra Arslan and Nuria Fuster

    Last July, during their short residency at the Fondazione Zimei, German artist Zehra Arslan and Spanish artist Nuria Fuster each produced a series of site-specific works that are now exhibited together in an integrated vision, curated by Massimiliano Scuderi. The pieces, which reflect on concepts such as familiarity, displacement, transformation, and process, proceed from different practices but flow together in brilliant and often linguistic intersections.

    Arslan often employs painting to engage with a given space, using objects and materials found on site. For example, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha (all

  • picks September 18, 2016

    Marinella Senatore

    The Sicilian city of Modica serves as the point of departure for Marinella Senatore’s new public work, which was shown for one day only. Modica Street Musical—il presente, il passato e il possibile (Modica Street Musical—the present, the past and the possible), 2016, curated by Matteo Lucchetti and consisting of two acts with an intermission, was the result of a long collaboration between the artist and more than two hundred locals invited to participate through dancing, acting, skating, and musical performance. Spanning sites such as the churches of San Giovanni and San Pietro, Senatore’s

  • picks May 23, 2016

    Pietro Ruffo

    This exhibition, ten years in the making, of Pietro Ruffo’s work is titled “Brief History of the Rest of the World” and is a suitably expansive atlas for perusing time and space via the artist’s oeuvre. The installations here engage the geopolitical landscape and examine the process of historical reconstruction as it has been impacted by contemporary cultural and anthropological changes. Addressing the struggle for liberty during the 2010 Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, and the way social networking was used by young Arabs to communicate their frustration, the series “Arab Spring,” 2012–13,

  • picks April 07, 2016

    Gabriella Ciancimino

    Gabriella Ciancimino’s current solo show, “La Stanza dello Scirocco” (The Room of Scirocco), curated by Daniela Bigi, unfolds like a dream of Mediterranean splendor, becoming redefined by references to political uprisings and to the survival adaptations of various plants. The artist takes as her inspiration the titular rooms—beautifully furnished spaces beneath “aristocratic eighteenth-century country houses in Sicily” (according to the press release), where the wealthy would keep cool during the summertime.

    In Paesaggio dello Scirocco (Scirocco Landscape, all works 2016), bricks are used to

  • picks February 08, 2016

    Alice Cattaneo

    While Alice Cattaneo’s slim, untitled sculptures seem barely there in her debut solo exhibition in Sicily, every piece maintains its materiality. The title of the show, “Un qui puntiforme unitissimo,” which can be translated as “A very uniform punctiform here,” is both the vision the artist has of the air around things and a verse by the Italian poet Andrea Zanzotto. But it also becomes the hypothesis for being aware of how these new works establish their intimate relationship to the space. This is not an immediate process but is marked by a growing rhythm.

    Indeed, the show creates an ever-stronger