The Summer Issue

Stefania Balestri, Christiana Caro, Raffaele Di Vaia, Fumitaka Kudo, Valerio Ricci

June 14 – July 12, 2011

The Summer Issue is brought into existence as the second edition of Vanity F_AIR, the event that opened F_AIR Florence Artist in Residence 2011. Once again, the intention is to have a dialogue with the city and Pitti Uomo, running simultaneously in Florence. The title of the exhibition scheduled for June 14 comes from the evident allusion to the famous magazine: The Summer Issue, in fact, echoes the nature of certain fashion magazines released in the hot season, that are concise with a small number of pages; they are like simulacra and symbols of vanitas, compared to the lustful vanity fairs of the winter issues. Only a few works are on show, but all are able to rouse deep thinking on the meaning of today’s individual and collective existence. The artists touch upon the classical theme of the vanitas, without never facing it directly. The moral intention is absent, as it should be, but the mournfulness of the subdued colors and the binary display of the single pieces, marks the tone of the exhibition. The theme of the double evokes the counter position of two identities, of the mirror, the trace of a passage. In the work by Fumitaka Kudo, the skeleton of the Fukushima atomic plant stays unharmed as a warning to the future generations; on the contrary in the photograph diptych by Christiana Caro (Jewish Cemetery, 2010), the trace of the single individual prevails over collective and nationalistic vanity. While Vortice (2010) by Stefania Balestri and Venere (2010) by Raffaele Di Vaia (2010-2011), can be read as a cultured update in contemporary terms to the classical vanitas, Valerio Ricci’s gasoline cans (Untitled 2010), inevitably recalls the myth of King Midas.

curated by Lucia Giardino

Critical texts: Lorenzo Bruni, Arianna De Falco, Lucia Giardino, Alessandra Troncone


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS since 2000: 2011 Yicca Prize, Factory Art Gallery, Berlin. 2010 Niente da vedere tutto da vivere. Tornare per partire, curated by L. Bruni; event parallel to the XIV Biennial of Sculpture, Marble Institute Pietro Tacca, Carrara. 2009 Invocare istanti, curated by L. Bruni, Dry Photo, Prato. 2007 De Soto esplora te stesso, curated by A. Scappini, D’A Arte Contemporanea, Empoli, IT. 2004 Interni, curated by P. Gaglian Casa Simonetti, Torre del Lago; Collettiva, curated by R. Tempestini, Studio Rossellini Pucci,Firenze; Un cuscino per sognare, curated by M. Paderni e R. Chiessi, Reggio Emilia, Novegro (MI), Monaco Germania. 2003 Verso la cittdel sole, curated by G. Cauteruccio e P. Gaglian Teatro Studio Scandicci, FI; Dedicati a Mario Luzi Palazzo Te, Mantova; Collettiva, curated by R. Tempestini Spazio Espositivo Castelnuovo Val di Cecina (PI). 2002 L’essenza dello sguardo, curated by A. Scappini, Villa Caruso Bellosguardo, Lastra a Signa, IT; Collettiva, curated by R. Tempestini, Spazio Espositivo Castelnuovo, Val di Cecina (PI). 2001 Ex Stazione Leopolda, Firenze; Itinerante Tokyo, multiple locations. — SELECTED SOLO SHOWS since 2000: 2007 Filo rosso, Kore Arte Contemporanea, Villa Shneiderff, Bagno a Ripoli, IT; Fabbrica Cucirelli, curated by Alessandra Scappini, Varese. 2006 – In quiete, curated by E. Clausen, Galleria Luxardo, Roma; Bad Girls, curated by M. Chini Officina, Firenze. 2005 – Qualcosa di familiare, curated by M. Chini, Dry Photo, Prato. 2003- Nautilus curated by L. Vecere, la Corte Firenze. 2002 Interno e Dumdum Bologna; La casa delle fate, curated by L. Bruni. 2001 – Studio Mugnaini, Firenze. 2000 – Condominio, curated by P. Castellucci, Immmaginaria, Firenze; In Studio, curated by M. Perosino, Mercurio, Viareggio


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS since 2000: 2011 4-Story, 5th on 6th Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; Some Other Words for Duration, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ; Tucsoniana, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ. 2010– AY-yah-fyah-lah-YOH-kuul, Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ; Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ;Landscape Interrupted, Coconino Center for the Arts, Curata da William Jenkins, Flagstaff, AZ. 2009 – Spaces in Between, Todd Walker Gallery, Tucson, AZ;Locating Landscape: New Strategies, New Technologies, Sam Lee Gallery, LA, CA; Good People, Bad Behavior, G Fine Art, Washington, DC;Invented Memories, Anton Art Center, Detroit, MI;New Video, Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ;Borders, Boundaries, and Ranges, Twain C. Tippetts Gallery, Utah State U., Logan, UT (Catalogue) Continuum, University of Arizona Art Lab, Tucson, AZ (Catalogue). 2008– Art Raw Gallery, NY, NY;5×5 (x5), The Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA; Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), LA, CA. 20078.5″ x 11″ Project, ALL Gallery, New Haven, CTWBNA Armory Show, Providence, RI. 2005– 78 Read Avenue, Xanadu Gallery, New York, NY.2003- Summer Resident Exhibition, The Firehouse Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA65″x25″, The Boston Photo Coop, Boston, MA. 2002– The Photo Collective, President’s Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA; — SOLO SHOW: 2002 Survey, Leather District Lofts, Boston, MA — AWARDS and RESIDENCIES: 2011Fulbright Research Fellowship, Slovacchia; F_AIR – Florence Artist in Residence at FUA School of Fine Arts, Firenze; SPE National Student Award, Society for Photographic Education. 2010Medici Grant, University of Arizona. Travel Grant, Lee and Martin Karpiscak Albert Haldeman Scholarship, University of Arizona. 2009 College of Fine Arts Small Grant, University of Arizona; Graduate and Professional Student Council Travel Grant, University of Arizona. 2008 Graduate Tuition Scholarship (2008-11), University of Arizona.2003Residency, Martha’s Vineyard Center for Visual Arts (MVCVA), Martha’s Vineyard, MA


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS since 2000: 2010 OPEN STUDIOS 2010, curated by Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina; B-Label curated by I. Balzani e I. Innocente, PRIVATE FLAT #6 Firenze. 2008 Corale 10, critical text by F. Marmorini, StudioMD, Prato. 2007 Abbiamo fatto bene ad uscire, curated by P. Toffolutti, Villa di Toppo Florio, Buttrio (UD); Versus, Studio MD, Prato; 2006 Il Giardino Immaginato, curated by B. Cor Giardino del Palazzo di San Clemente, Firenze; Vitamortemiracoli, curated by G. Pasi, Terme di S. Giovanni Rapolano T., SI. 2005Vitamortemiracoli, curated by G. Pasi, Galleria Bagnai Siena; La Mossa delle Idee, curated by F. Strigoli, Sala Santa Rita Roma. 2004 Gemine Muse, curated by M. Bazzini, Museo dell?pera del Duomo, Prato; Tracce Fuori Centro, curated by P. Landi e G. Bindi, Ardenza Terra (ex Spica) Livorno;Convergenze. 2004 Il lavoro futuro, curated by O. Gambari, Citta dell’arte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella; Retentiva – Funzioni e disfunzioni della fotografia italiana attuale, curated by R. Gavarro, Venezia Immagine 2004, Padiglione Italia, Giardini di Castello, Venezia. 2002 Rotte Metropolitane, curated by D. Filardo e R. Tempestini Frizzi, Giardino Vivarelli-Colonna, Assessorato alla Cultura, Firenze; Videodays, curated by F. Strigoli, Piazza Giotto, Vicchio (Fi). 2001Video Place Italia PRESENT CONTINUOS, curated by D. Filardo, Fabbrica Europa, Stazione Leopolda, Firenze; Visioni & Visioni, curated by C. D’Apolito, Parterre, Firenze; Mixed-Media, Galleria Neon, Bologna; Punctum, curated by R. Rinn e F. Ionda, Ex Macelli, Prato. — SELECTED SOLO SHOWS: since 2000 2009 OMNIA VANITAS, curated by Francesco Funghi, Studio Chimera, Vinci (FI). 2004 A Capocurated by D. Ventroni, progetto di R. Fiesoli, Patrizia Pepe, Capalle, FI. 2001 Kiai, curated by F. Milani, Tracce Fuori Centro, Limonaia di Villa Vogel, Firenze; Antropologica, curated by F. Strigoli, Ridotto Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Firenze. 2000 Luce Encefalica, curated by P. Ballerini, Galleria Grafio, Prato; ORGANO, curated by C. Gianni, Galleria Spazio Garibaldi Arte, Prato


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS: 2011 Markers/Mapping/2011, curated by D. Polak e A.Cohen, Art Life Gallery, Venezia; Biennale di incisione contemporanea, Bassano del Grappa, Palazzo Sturm, Museo Remondini. 2010 Il segreto dello sgurado. Premio San Fedele 2010, Galleria San Fedele, Milano; Follow the Line, a cura di O. Hoffman, MH Gallery, Givatayim, Israel; Living Fossils, curated by R. Bedarida, Harlem Studio Fellowship di MA, New York. 2007 Exhibition TAAM, Mende, Germania; Exhibition TAAM, Wunsidel, Germania; 2006 Art Center, Berlin, Germany; Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Carrara, Italy; Annual Exhibition of the Academy of Fine Art, Carrara, Frankfurt Germania.2005 National Awards for the Arts 5, Rome. — SELECTED SOLO SHOWS: 2010 Living Fossils, curated by C. Gatti, Montrasio Arte, Milan; Classic style, Jurou Gallery, Kurashiki, Japan. 2009 Fumitaka Kudo, EXPO EX, Senigallia, Italy; Luce interiore, Aliprandi Gallery, Milano. 2008 Luce nel vento, Ex Laundry Art Space, Sarzana, Italy; Luce nell’Ombra, Grascie Art Space, Pietrasanta. — AWARDS and RESIDENCIES: 2010 HSF Residency Program, Harlem Studio Fellowship, New York; 2009 NATO AWARD for the 50th anniversary Nato Undersea Research Center, La Spezia, Italy


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS since 20002009 Italian Artists New York, ISCP International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York; Avvertenze Artistiche, Mercati di Traiano, Museo dei Fori Imperiali, Roma; HOAST 2009 – Harlem Open Artists Studio Tour, New York. 2006 Conuscite, Castelbasso, curated by C. Materazzi, 2005 Luxury, Galleria Antonio Battaglia, Milano, curated by R. Gavarro. 2004 Roma Punto Uno, mostra itinerante, Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Roma, curated by M. Coccia e M. de Candia; Retentiva. Funzioni e disfunzioni della fotografia italiana attuale Venezia Immagine, Italian Pavillion, Venice Biennale, curated by R. Gavarro — SELECTED SOLO SHOWS 2011 Soul, curated by A. Troncone, MLAC, UniversitLa Sapienza, Roma; 2009 Io, curated by R. Bedarida e T. Meucci HSF – Harlem Studio Fellowship, New York. 2008 Monti Silvani, curated by S. Bordini Galleria AOCF58, Rome. 2006 Forme dellmmateriale, curated by M. de Candia, Studio Morbiducci, Roma. 2004 Domestica Nuove dinamiche nella dimensione del privato, curated by R. Gavarro, Soligo Art Project, Roma —AWARDS and RESIDENCIES: 2011 Mongin, Artist in Residence Program, Seoul; 2009 HSF Residency Program, Harlem Studio Fellowship, New York