|“A London-based writer and multi-disciplinary artist with a minimal online presence, Husni-Bey is one of ArteFiera’s most intriguing new talents.”|
Yerbossyn Meldibekov e Nurbossyn Oris, My brother my enemy, 2001. Courtesy of Nina Lumer, Milano (G.L.O.W. Platform).Santiago Ydanez, Untitled, 2009. Courtesy of Galeria Sandunga, Granada.
Claudia Eve Beauchesne
Now in its 35th year, Bologna’s ArteFiera Art First 2011 included over 200 exhibitors presenting the usual mix of works by established artists and newcomers; notably Marlon de Azambuja’s bird cages replicating the architecture of contemporary museums—institutional critique with live budgies! Of the fair’s many satellite events, the most intriguing was a city-wide exhibition entitled If on a winter’s day a traveller…, curated by Julia Draganovic. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s 1979 novel of the same title; the circuit attempted to form a dialogue with Bologna’s past through installations and performances held in historic locations.