August – September
For our final session of 2022, we welcomed Abhishek Khedekar (b.1991, Dapoli, India), winner of the inaugural Mahler & LeWitt Studios / Loose Joints residency and book prize ‘Publishing Performance’, supported by Webber. Abhishek developed his project Tamasha, an experimental docu-fiction following a troupe of artists who live and perform nomadically across the state of Maharashtra in India.
This session also saw the start of Materia – a multi-year program exploring histories of materials in the Valle Umbra and their impact on cultural production and the environment. Geographer Dr Alberto Valz Gris (b.1990, Torino, Italy) and previous artist in residence Cecilia Ceccherini (b.1991, Pisa, Italy) collaborative project explores the valley – in terms of water usage – as a ‘hydrosocial’ territory. Ceramicist and materials designer Carly Breame (b.1989, Halifax, England) employs waste materials in her work and asks the question, “How can Spoleto represent a regional material culture through the dining table?” Art historian Dr Teresa Kittler (b.1984, Oxford, England) also joined the session: her research examines post-war art in Italy through the lens of habitat, assessing how the availability of new materials radically changed practices. We also welcomed back curator Daniela Ruiz Moreno (b.1991, Buenos Aires, Argentina) and artist Joshua Leon (b.1990, London, England), whose project ‘Liquidity‘ focusses on the culture of olive farming in Umbria. During the first of two Open Studios events we screened a work-in-progress by Dr Jo Melvin – who has developed the Materia program with us – titled Dr Solsternus.