Candies / Matteo Coluccia
Toast Project Space
From 25 june to 22 july 2021
Opening friday 25 june 2021, at 19:00
Access to the Giardino della Ciminiera at Manifattura Tabacchi is restricted in compliance with the measures adopted by the Italian Government to contain and manage the COVID-19 epidemiological emergency.
The work transforms the space into an immutable, contrived image wherein any signs of change are to be meticulously eliminated on a daily basis. The model of suspended, ethereal, clean beauty that is typically sought after contrasts sharply with meanness and destruction, the qualities that more accurately describe what really happens backstage at Toast.
The title refers to the nicknames of certain performers who dance within the space, trailing colour behind them as they move and jump, creating a sort of visible omen.
Matteo Coluccia (Neviano, Lecce, 1992) is a visual artist. From 2020 he leads together with Chiara Camellina, Luigi Presicce and Gabriele Tosi the off-site exhibition project Polka Puttana. Among his recent exhibitions: Primo Vere, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Galleria Il Ponte, Florence, 2021 / Piton de la Fournaise, Spazio Su, Lecce, 2020 / Studiovisit rewind, curated by Pietro Gaglianò and Serena Trinchero, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, 2019 / La Cura, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence, 2019 / Making an image from time to time, curated by Gabriele Tosi, Localedue, Bologna, 2018 / This is the end, edited by Elena Magini, Pecci Center, Prato, 2017
TOAST Project Space
TOAST Project Space is an independent space that is open to experimental contemporary artistic practices. Founded in 2019 by artist Stefano Giuri in what was formerly the doorman’s booth near Manifattura Tabacchi’s main entrance, the space’s activities include bimonthly exhibits for which artists are invited to produce site-specific projects. TOAST Project Space was conceived and inaugurated during the Artist Residency Programme promoted by Manifattura Tabacchi.