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International Artists at the Villa Romana

Since it reopened in 2007, the Villa Romana in Florence has established itself as a worldwide interconnected forum for contemporary art. This is also due to its international guest artists, who — along with the fellows from Germany — live and work here for several months. Now, the artist’s house introduces some of this year’s guests..

The fellows Shannon Bool, Mariechen Danz, Heide Hinrichs, and Daniel Maier-Reimer will realize a joint exhibition project. Bool, who has already long been represented in the Deutsche Bank Collection, casts an ironic feminine look on male-dominated modernism in her collages, drawings, and photograms. Danz’s installations and performances question systems of knowledge and power structures, while in her sculptural and drawing works, Hinrichs investigates the themes of space and memory. For over 20 years, Daniel Maier-Reimer has been traveling through countries such as Moldova and China and taking photographs that come across as concentrates of his impressions. The four fellows will live and work in Florence for ten months.

In addition, the villa, which Deutsche Bank and its foundation have supported since 1929, has invited Karim Rafi, Sofiane Zouggar, and Honza Zamojski as guest artists to work on new projects in Florence. The fellows are also present in the city’s cultural life — with lectures and talks in which they introduce themselves and their artistic positions. Rafi and Zouggar live in the Arab region, where tremendous social upheaval has occupied the young art scenes and often lent their projects particular urgency. The question as to whether and how the changes of the “Arab Spring” are present in the works of the two artists will certainly be one of the subjects of their talks. The 1975-born Moroccan Karim Rafi lives in Casablanca. Educated as a graphic designer and electronic musician, he sees himself as a multi-disciplinary artist who deconstructs visual and acoustic material. In 2011, Rafi took part in the exhibition Working for Change, which Abdellah Karroum, co-curator of the recent Paris Triennial, organized for the Moroccan Pavilion of the 54th Biennale in Venice.

Sofiane Zouggar lives in the Northern Algerian university city of Khemis Miliana. The 1982-born artist works with a variety of media: ceramics, photography, painting, performance, and computer design. Zouggar is interested in the theme of communication — i.e., between the artist and the public or within a society. Last year, he took part in the 10th Dak_Art Biennial in Senegal and the first run of World Event Young Artists in the English city of Nottingham.

In 2011, in the framework of the “Views” Prize awarded every two years by the Deutsche Bank Foundation and the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Honza Zamojski was awarded a three-month fellowship at the Villa Romana. The 1981-born artist also works as curator and publishes artist’s books and editions. Currently, Zamojski is in the exhibition Twisted Entities, which presents young contemporary Polish art in the Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen. He installed a multiple-meaning work here: One Two One Two (2011) is a manipulated photocopy machine that kicks in as a kind of movement sensor as soon as a visitor enters the room. Copies are made of an open book that itself consists purely of copies. The sheet that visitors can take home with them shows two iconic motifs that are highly charged culturally — a kind of bust of Christ and a skull. Yet all that remains of their former aura are vague traces.

Villa Romana – 2013 Fellows:
Shannon Bool, Mariechen Danz, Heide Hinrichs, Daniel Maier-Reimer

2/15 – 3/22/2013
Villa Romana, Florence

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