Elena Bellantoni | CROSSROADS

Umberto Benappi Gallery

15 September — 14 October 2023

Opening 14 September, 6:00 pm


15 September / 6pm
đź“Ť Umberto Benappi Gallery – Via Andrea Doria 10, Turin

The gallery is a central space where everything is born: exhibitions, fairs, meetings, new projects, and collaborations. A forge of ideas and connections that historically sees a multitude of personalities, professionals, and non-professionals from the artistic sector interact within it. However, more and more often, this space is frequented mainly during openings and special events that take place there, losing the role of promoter and collective hub aimed at discussion and dialogue that it has traditionally always held.
The collective exhibition “Crossroads” takes its starting point from the need to reposition the gallery as a crossroads, a crucial place of exchange, and to refocus attention on the people who frequent it and the connections that arise within it among artists, curators, gallery owners, collectors, and journalists.

On the occasion of Crossroads, professionals from the field, along with enthusiasts, have been invited to present an artist and their work. The project’s intent is to reconstruct, through these encounters, the necessary steps in realizing an exhibition, highlighting in particular the human relationships from which the exhibition project unfolds. Artists and “curators” with their diverse life paths meet in the spaces of the Umberto Benappi Gallery, giving rise to a multi-voiced dialogue captured through a series of video interviews created for the occasion; similarly, the exhibited artworks converse with each other in the gallery’s exhibition environment, reasserting itself as a crossroads of new connections in the making.

Artists in dialogue:
Elena Bellantoni e Iole Persano
Domenico Borrelli e Lisa Parola
Gisella Chaudry e Paola Stroppiana
Francesca Dondoglio e Olga Gambari
Carlo D’Oria e Monica Trigona
Enrico T. De Paris e Roberto Mastroianni
Daniele Galliano e Luca Beatrice
Paolo Grassino e Sofia Manfredi Grassino
Nicus LucĂ  e Enrico Remmert
Andrea Mastrovito e Giuseppe Pero
Frédérique Nalbandian e Yvette Bernizan
Studio Nucleo e Riccardo Ronchi
Pierluigi Scandiuzzi insieme a Claudia Zunino e Francesco Pistoi
Jessica Wilson e Marco Niccoli

Author biography

Elena Bellantoni (Vibo Valentia, 1975) works between Rome and Berlin. Graduated in Contemporary Art, she also studied in Paris and London, where she earned an MA in Visual Art from WCA University of Arts London. She delves into theater-dance and performative arts: her research focuses on the concepts of identity and alterity through language and the use of the body as a tool for interaction. Among her recent solo exhibitions: 2016, “Hale Yella addio/adios,” Viamoroni SpazioArte, Bergamo; 2015, “Lucciole,” Spazio Alviani, Pescara; 2014, “Passo a Due,” Careof DOCVA, Milan; “Dunque siamo..,” Fondazione Filiberto Menna, Archaeological Museum of Salerno. Among the group exhibitions: 2016, “Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy,” British School at Rome; “The Picture Club,” American Academy in Rome; “Al-Tiba9 Algiers,” Bardo National Museum, Algeria; 2015, “Capolavori dalla Collezione Farnesina”; “Uno sguardo sull’arte italiana dagli anni Cinquanta ad oggi,” Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Croatia. Regarding residencies: 2016, Soma Residency, Mexico City, Mexico; 2014, Careof Residency Program DOCVA, Milan. Among her awards: 2009, Movin’up G.A.I., Turin with a project in Santiago del Cile; 2012, NGBK grant, “In Other Words” project realized at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien in Berlin. Public collections: In 2014, she enters the Farnesina Collection at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome. She is currently a professor of Phenomenology of the Body at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. In 2018, with “On the Breadline,” she is among the winning artists of the fourth edition of the Italian Council. Her project “Ho annegato il Mare” is selected in the Collateral Events section at Manifesta 12. In 2014, she enters the collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, La Farnesina, with the video and photographic series “The Fox and the Wolf: Struggle for Power.”