La Cura | closing of the first Artistic Residencies exhibition

La Cura | exhibition

Artistic residencies
first edition 2018-2019


Saturday 18 may 2019 is the final day of La Cura, an exhibition of artworks from the Artistic Residencies, a project created and curated by
Sergio Risali in the renovated areas of Manifattura Tabacchi in Florence.

Six young artists created 15 individual and collective artworks based on a wide concept of cure.




Sei giovani artisti hanno realizzato 15 opere, individuali e collettive, legate a un ampio e inclusivo concetto di Cura, inteso anche come dedizione all’arte, percorso di ricerca e rispetto dell’ambiente in cui viviamo.

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cement, plaster on canvas

Something that intrigued the artist in residence was that the architecture was changing. Being part of this change as the last person who saw and experienced the original appearance, led him to reflect on the walls, a support he has often used in his artistic work, as forms that change but retain their capacity. He used the plaster from the walls, a material that has always seen the environment from the inside: the relationship between the internal and external façade of the wall exactly matches the one between Mind and Body. The plaster was then mixed with cement and copper sulphate to create the plants.

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proxima centuari

Matteo Coluccia
wood, canvas, solvent enamel, glass
261x335 cm

Proxima Centauri is configured as a monumental photo frame, in all respects similar to a normal photo frame that you can buy in the shops, inside which there is an inscription: festa (party or festivity). The work is presented as an apparition and, despite its dimensions, it does not require a precise reading, instead looking to trigger an immediate contact and a reflection on the continuous progress of events. It refers to its own ancient intimacy, occasionally touching the contemplation of life and death. The object, which by custom is understood as a container of memory, becomes a reminder, and it uses language to question what has not yet been subjected to the limits of our existing knowledge.

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Schwimmflügel- I Haven't Dreamed of Flying for a While

Lori Lako
two inflatable armbands with a pvc backdrop
550x250 cm

In 1814, the German Mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner wrote an important book called “The Nomenclature of Colours”. It represented the first significant attempt at a detailed description of the colour tones existing on Earth, summarised in a chromatic scheme. The book not only gives a description and name to the different colour tones, it also indicates where you can find each one in nature, highlighting the poetry that can come from observation. As this volume preceded the use of photography, it represented a valid tool for the research work of many scientists and artists. Fascinated by this tangible dimension of colour references, the artist decided to use Werner’s cataloging, digitally translating the eleven shades of blue that are listed in Werner’s book, blending one into the other to create the backdrop for this piece. In this space float two white inflatable armbands, which on their surface show the marks of a failed attempt at flight. They are suspended in the absence of a body that would inhabit them. The work takes the title Schwimmflügel, from the term used in German to refer to inflatable armbands. The literal translation is “swimming wings”. Wings-sea, arms-sky: these form an imaginary cross that hinders the ancestral dream of crossing the blue. Hinders, but does not prevent.

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Stefano Giuri
mirror-polished bronze, concrete

Asshole is the name of the artwork produced by Stefano Giuri during the artistic residency at Manifattura Tabacchi. A series of sculptures in mirror-polished bronze derived from the casts of bullet holes. These bullets were fired during the German occupation and the holes that they left can still be found on the walls of the buildings in the Manifattura, remaining to this day as the traces of a tragic past. By highlighting a piece of history that has been cut out, through the almost attenuated distance between this trace and its copy, and interpreting this footprint as the contact of an absence, a gap is generated that lies between re-producibility and a minimum deviation from reality.

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Gioele Pomante
Plaster and spray paints
450x210 cm

A rigid and yet dynamic material transforms. Imaginary places, other worlds. Casts of internal plastic surfaces that become external plastic landscapes, projection of an inner motion. Interior and exterior, universal and yet intimate landscapes. Micro and Macro cosmos meet, converse. Light and shadow, surface tension, projection of intimate landscapes in constant emotional change, external and intimate atmospheric alterations, where the outside and the inside become confused. Part of an infinite universe, which we inhabit and are inhabitants. Subjects of time that transforms things. Lived places or distant and solitary landscapes, unknown territories where you can imagine or hope for new beginnings. Here we meet, on the surface of things.

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oil on canvas

Venezian was born of a desire to approach painting through repetition. It is a series of paintings of various dimensions, based on an original source image which is then freely replicated. This repetition assumes the central role in the artistic process and highlights the uniqueness of every reproduced ‘artefact’. This method allows the artist to free themselves from preconceived concepts about painting and, at the same time, ties them to the repeated image, establishing a kind of fidelity to it.
To create these paintings, the author took the “source image” (Frank Duveneck, Venetian girl, 1880) with the intention of creating a copy and, during the execution phases, she transformed it into a new entity. Decisions about colour – whether to use an intense or attenuated palette – derived from the immediate emotional reaction that she had towards the painting at that specific moment.
In this series, the colours are quite monochromatic and low-key. The figure in the painting is almost hidden, the viewer has to make an effort to find her. What the artist is interested in portraying is an intimate aspect of this character, going beyond the purely figurative dimension and entering into a dynamic, elusive and lively atmosphere, and thanks to this we are able to understand the vulnerable, often melancholy, state of the subject. These images are like emotional figures, evoking particular moods that can only be experienced profoundly in solitude.

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artistic residencies

A three-year project Manifatturanaturacultura
curated by Sergio Risaliti


CARE WONDER HARMONY is an interdisciplinary project, in the short, medium and long term, which over the next three years (2018-2020) will transform Manifattura into one big workshop of art, thought, poetry, and new beauty. Every year there will be an overarching theme, created and redefined in
relation to the historical and future identity of the place, of the city of Florence, and in a more global sense, and which will become the centre around which reflections, comparisons, and productions will rotate, in a creative process that involves thinking and making art in all its complexity.