Istituto Svizzero presents in Milan C & G, an exhibition by Costanza Candeloro (1990) and Gritli Faulhaber (1990), two emerging artists who belong to a young art scene characterised by numerous connections between Italy and Switzerland, also thanks to a dense network of independent and self-organised art spaces. Developing works specifically for the exhibition and using different mediums from each other, the two artists share a strong research approach that feeds on references to art history, pop culture, as well as feminist and Marxist theories.
Drawing from the thinker Silvia Federici, Costanza Candeloro’s ceramics installation, titled Living currency, addresses the issue of women’s bodies and their reproductive labour meant as unpaid workforce and how similar economic dynamics occur in the art system alike.
Gritli Faulhaber’s paintings draw from the digital image archive in which the artist collects personal and non-personal photographs to create pictorial compositions with seemingly distant references, including the erotic illustrator Gerda Wegener, the impressionist painter Berthe Morisot or the hip-hop star Cardi B.
For Costanza and Gritli, reflection on the role of female artists in the art system is therefore fundamental and question the placement of their own artistic practice. How can one live as an artist in a world geared only to profit? Can we imagine alternative models of community? Is it possible to establish new economies based on mutual care and support? These and other questions run through the works of the two artists presented in the exhibition.
Curated by Gioia Dal Molin.
Via del Vecchio Politecnico 3, Milan
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Costanza Candeloro (1990, Bologna, Italy) lives and works between Italy and Switzerland. She graduated from the HEAD – Genève. In 2022 she held solo exhibitions MY SKIN- CARE, MY STRENGTH and ENVY & GRATITUDE respectively at Fondazione ICA, Milan, and at Galleria Martina Simeti, Milan. She was among the twelve artists invited to inaugurate the RETROFUTURO at MACRO, Rome (2021-ongoing). Costanza Candeloro also participated in Devoured Spaces, Tunnel Tunnel, Lausanne (2021); H or Audience, Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg, Fribourg (2020); Dépendance de l’Air, Riverside, Bern (2019); Hey, You! 16th Quadriennale D’arte, Rome (2016); Pocari Sweat, Truth And Consequences, Geneva (2014) among others. In 2020 she developed the online project Life-Edit for Fondazione Prada, Milan. Most recently her work was exhibited in the group show Bodies-Bodies at La Rada, Locarno (December 2022-February 2023).
Gritli Faulhaber (1990, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) lives and works in Zürich. She has recently held solo exhibitions at Sangt Hipolyt, Berlin (2020); Cherish, Geneva (2019). Recent group exhibitions include Sweetwater, Berlin (2023), Theta, New York, (2022), Swiss Art Awards, Basel (2022); Kunsthalle Friart Fribourg, Fribourg (2022); Artgenève, Geneva (2022); Fonda, Leipzig (2021); Galerie Lange + Pult, Zürich (2021); Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal (2021); Kunstverein Leipzig, Leipzig (2020); Museum im Bellpark, Kriens (2020); Cité des Arts, Paris (2019). She is a 2022 recipient of the Swiss Art Award as well as the 2022 Working Grant of the City of Zürich.