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2021

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Fall Session

In partnership with Shedhalle in Zurich, we are pleased to welcome sound artist Flora Yin Wong on our fall residency session: while in Spoleto, Flora will share work-in-progress on ‘the SHED’, an online platform for performance practices. We also host artists Alessandro Cicoria and Joshua Leon, as well as writer Heather McCalden. Heather was awarded the 2021 Fitzcarraldo Editions / Mahler & LeWitt Studios Essay Prize and Residency. Grace Weir, who first visited Spoleto for our 2018 Artists’ Books Program, returns to work on a new film focussing on the Eremo Santa Maria Maddalena on Monteluco. We continue our partnership with Le Dimore del Quartetto and Casa Menotti, hosting Chaos String Quartet on a rehearsal residency, and participants in The Empty Project return for a second phase of the workshop. With funding generosly provided by the Leverhulme Trust and MIT Press as publishers, Rye Dag Holmboe and Joschi Herczeg also return to continue work on their book project documenting the early Sol LeWitt wall drawings in the Torre Bonomo. Finally, former guest curator Tony Tremlett and MLS curator and co-director Guy Robertson lead a design workshop for a theoretical London residency campus with Dr. Keef Winter and third year students at the University of East London.

 

Summer Session

Our summer 2021 residency session hosted Kolxoz Collective, as part of the Quasi-Book artist-publisher project with VIAINDUSTRIAE, visual artists Giuseppe De Mattia and Rä Di Martino, and The Empty Project (with Adelaide Cioni, Giuseppe De Mattia, Lisa Andreani, Typhaine Delaup, Fabio Giorgi Alberti, Carlo Favero and Joana P.R. Neves). The summer program also involved a special collaboration with the Fondazione Carla Fendi for the 64th edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi (25 June – 12 July): Art & Science into Spoleto celebrated the work of Anna Mahler, Sol LeWitt and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios whilst recognising the services of our patrons, Marina Mahler and Carol LeWitt, with the Premio Carla Fendi. The Fondazione Carla Fendi commissioned three documentary films about the work of Sol LeWitt, Anna Mahler and our work with the residency program, directed by Gabriele Gianni (to be screened in Palazzo Collicola throughout the festival), and presented work by both artists in the Piazza del Duomo. We also co-produced a major new sculpture installation by British artist and Turner prize winner Tai Shani for The Neon Hieroglyph We hosted a number of Open Studios events during the Festival, as well as the Spoleto premiere of Lina Hermsdorf’s Bona Dea. We also supported an exhibition curated by Jo Melvin titled The Feuilleton: I will bear witness, Piggy-backing-from the Edicola.

 

Spring Session

For an initial update on our Spring residency session please click on the images below or follow the links: Adelaide Cioni worked from the Sol LeWitt studio where, during the Festival dei Due Mondi this summer, she will exhibit work made during the residency period; Duval Timothy, as the ‘Mahler, Song of the Earth‘ composer in residence, worked from the music room in Casa Mahler and  is now developing a series of long-form songs as part of his response to the work of Gustav Mahler; Dom Bouffard explored his graphic work – making drawings in response to his compositions, and vice-versa – and is currently organising them for publication as an artist’s book. Curator Michelangelo Miccolis and poet nick von kleist are still in residence in Spoleto and have both been working on their writing practices.  Cioni’s ‘The Empty Project‘ workshop, a collaboration with Giuseppe De Mattia, Lisa Andreani, Typhaine Delaup, Fabio Giorgi Alberti, Carlo Favero and Joana P.R. Neves, will take place at the studios later this summer.

 

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2020

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Although our 2020 spring and summer residency sessions were largely postponed, we hosted visual artist Cecilia Ceccherini and writer/photographer Felix Bazalgette in July and August. Felix worked on his book Natural Magic (Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2021) which explores histories of photography with particular reference to sociological photography in Italy. Cecilia, as part of our partnership with the UAL Art for the Environment program, developed new work in collaboration with textile makers and manufacturers in Umbria using natural dyeing techniques. For more information about their projects, please click on the links below.

Our fall ‘Art & Poetry’ residency session (full details here) went ahead as planned, although without the symposium element. The session explored intersections between visual art and poetry and was curated in collaboration with former poet in residence Rachael Allen and Viaindustriae in Foligno. The participants were Sophie Collins, Will Harris, Marie Jacotey and curatorial duo Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot who were awarded our Word Play: Art & Poetry Open Call. The symposium related to this session will now take place in 2021.

The Festival di Spoleto was rescheduled and ran in a reduced format during the last two weekends of August. Our festival projects were postponed to 2021 although we took the opportunity to organise a Spoleto launch of the ‘Keeping Time‘ vinyl record.

Find out more about the program by clicking on the images below.

 

July 20 – August 23

 

Fall Session, ‘Art & Poetry’, August 26 – September 29

Curated in collaboration with Rachael Allen and Viaindustriae, the fall residency session was a research focussed program exploring the dynamic relationship between poetry, experimental writing and the visual arts. The 2020 residency session will be followed by a related symposium in 2021. For more information about the session click here, or click on the images below for information about the participants. 

 

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay and Residency Prize

 

 

 

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2019

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Fall Session

The final residency session of the year was guest curated by our 2018 curator-in-residence Tony Tremlett. It provided a platform for his ongoing research with art practices that employ sound and performance. He brought together six artists from Algeria, Germany, England, Ireland, Sudan and the US. They all participated in the related ‘Keeping Time’ project which celebrated 20 years of the Capella del Barolo in Piedmont. Full documentation of the residency and ‘Keeping Time’ can be found by clicking here>>.

 

 

Summer Session

For the first summer session of the year we host US based painter Keegan Monaghan, Polly Barton, the 2019 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize winner, Katherine Finkelstein, a photographer also from the US and the Italian string quartet Quartetto Echos.

 

Spring Session

Our season opened with our first spring session: we were joined by the Greek visual artist Aliki Panagiotopoulou, British designer and artist Ranura Edirisinghe (in collaboration with the University of the Arts, London, Arts for the Environment program), and composer in residence, Brian O. Kepher from Kenya. Our summer program will be announced soon.

 

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2018

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June – September

In the June/July session we hosted our first poet in residence, Rachael Allen, as well as artists Oto Gillen, Sam Lipp and Diamond Stingily. For the Festival di Spoleto we presented Julie Born Schwartz’s film ‘Ex-voto’, begun on her residency in 2016. In August, another former resident Diane Madden returned to lead the Trisha Brown Dance Company: Spoleto Intensive, after which she stayed in Spoleto to work with Matthew Burdis on the film ‘Take 3’ (premiered in November at Cathy Weis Projects, NYC). The Artists’ Books Program ran through September, guest curated by Jo Melvin in collaboration with Via Industriae, Foligno. In its closing, weeklong, symposium and public program we hosted twenty international residents, including Joanna Pocock, the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize winner. In January Soanyway publish a special insert documenting the program. Events took place throughout the season, including a number of ‘Open Studios’. In the fall, Brooklyn Rail printed articles about Spoleto with Melvin as guest critic, and October published Rye Dag Holmboe’s essay on the Torre Bonomo wall drawings, begun on his residency in 2016.

 

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2017

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June – September

In spring 2017, former residents Julie Born Schwartz and Jo Melvin returned to Spoleto. Julie carried out further filming with the nuns at the convent of Santa Rita in Cascia for her film ‘Ex-voto’ and Jo carried out research in the newly opened Carandente archive and library, she was assisted by our curatorial trainee Giovanni Rendina.  As well as Giovanni, in the first residency session we hosted the writers Andrianna Campbell and Annie Godfrey Larmon, artists Rob Chavasse and Allison Katz, and our first choreographer, Diane Madden. Our project for the Festival di Spoleto was a sculptural installation on the facade of Casa Menotti by former resident Sandy Smith. We also screened films by James Capper and Matthew Burdis, documenting their 2016 project in Spoleto. In the second session we hosted the 2017 Fitzcarraldo Editions essay prize winner, Katy Whitehead, as well as artists Lewis Chaplin, Luka Savic and Neeraja D.

 

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2016

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In 2016 we hosted two residency sessions across twelve weeks between June and September. The first session was with Matthew Burdis, James Capper, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Julie Born Schwartz and Sandy Smith. The second session included James Cave, Meta Grgurevic, Joschi Herczeg, Rye Dag Holmboe, Jo Melvin and the winner of the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, Matthew McNaught.

 

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2015

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In 2015 we launched the Mahler & LeWitt Studios with two artists in residence and a series of events coinciding with Spoleto’s Festival dei Due Mondi. Prior to 2015 the residencies were hosted by the Anna Mahler Association which continues to be a key supporter of the program.