Precarious Torino, Artissima Giornale #Intro

Porta Palazzo, view from my window (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

TURIN — Everything in this house moves … I’m living with a bunch of Italian artists in Torino (aka Turin), Italy. Outside, there are the diurnal tides of Porta Palazzo, Europe’s largest open-air market existing for over 150 years. Inside, we have a sea of peoples and energies contributing to a mood of neo-realism and contemporary art.

Vecchio Merda, all ladies Torinese danzband♥

Italy is completely broke(n) right now, talented young Italian artists are jobless and moving to Torino. We have plenty of time on our hands. Clusters of us live within a kilometer of each other and share most of our meals together. We have also created project spaces in the neighborhood such as GUM studio and Cripta747. These conditions create fires that lead to unpredictable artworks (and life situations).

This week in Torino begins, Artissima, the region’s annual contemporary art fair (November 9–11, 2012). One of its collateral projects is called Artissima LIDO and is located here in Porta Palazzo. The curator, Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, decided to invite five independent art spaces from around the world to do projects in five of our local museums and institution: Museo Diffuso della Resistena, Museo di Antichità, Archivio di Stato, Chiesa del SS. Sudario, and MAO Museo d’arte Orientale.

For the next few days, I will send daily reports of local movements surrounding and involving the fair.

What to expect: A personal account of the actions of local artists and spaces in the neighborhood; a critical eye on the professionally presented artworks and projects; and, an earnest search for dance and movement-based works.

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