Valentina Furian — PRESENTE

Recontemporary / Lounge

5 April — 27 May 2023

Opening 5 April, 6:00 pm


5th April – 6 – 9 pm
Cocktail ad hoc by Sciarada

5th April – h. 11 am – 1 pm

5th May
in collaboration with The Phair

The exhibition is realized with the sponsorship of the Comune di Torino.

Presente, Valentina Furian‘s solo exhibition organized by Recontemporary, can be visited from April 5th to May 27th.

The artist, born in 1989, lives and works in Milan. Over the years she has exhibited her works in institutional and experimental spaces such as Rencontres Internationales | Paris Berlin, IIC Paris (FR), Sunaparanta Center for Contemporary Art Goa, IIC Mumbai (IND), MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, MUSE – Science Museum of Trento, MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, The Blank Contemporary Art – Bergamo, Francesco Fabbri Foundation – Treviso, Casa Capra – Vicenza, Chez PLINIO, Closed houses, Il Crepaccio, Careof , ViaFarini – Milan, Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation, Microclima – Venice, Cinema Visionario – Udine (IT ).

The exhibition hosts the artwork Presente: a donkey with a white coat crosses the construction site of a museum, revealing itself as an unusual, sculptural and solitary presence. The animal leads the viewer to discover the moment anticipating an exhibition, when the halls change and only scaffolding and temporary walls remain.

The creature embodies different roles within the narrative: the artist, a fragile and precious being, and the viewer, a curious observer of the exhibition spaces.

The silent video is about a suspension: space and time are shaped in a single dreamlike moment. The silence of the moving images is filled with the soundscape of the new exhibition space that houses them.

A mediation on the relationship between reality and fiction, between human beings and nature, on animal domestication as a consequence of social rules, themes dear to Furian’s artistic practice. The attention to the clear and photographic image collides with a surreal context, giving space to new ways of interpreting the video.

“[…] The oniric character of the work emerges more clearly, while the softness of the bright environment takes nightmarish turns. The donkey, over-exposed, has no way out.  She is limited in her agency, confined into her domestication cage and constantly at the verge of evaporating. Her master, invisible, demonic presence in the shape(less) of a haze. If human or not rests unsolved. As the donkey closes her eyes once again, another doubt rises: what if the animal is milky mist herself? […]” – Extract of the curatorial text by Caterina Avataneo.

Exhibited art pieces

Author biography

b. 1989, IT – Lives and works in Milan (IT)

Her works have been exhibited in Institutional and experimental spaces such as:

Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin, IIC Paris, Paris (FR) | Berlin (DE), Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai (CN), Sunaparanta Center for Contemporary Art Goa, IIC Mumbai, Soho House e Method Gallery in Mumbai (IND), Collezione Farnesina – MAECI, Mattatoio, VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, MUSE – Science Museum Trento, MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Art, UNA gallery, Francesco Fabbri Foundation, MAMbo – Modern Art Museum of Bologna, The Blank Contemporary Art, Bassano del Grappa Museum, Il Crepaccio, Case chiuse, Careof , ViaFarini, Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation, Microclima, Galleria Continua, Fondazione Elpis, (IT), Goyki3 Art Incubator (PL).

She is working mainly with moving images. Her research focuses on the relationship between reality and fiction, staging an imaginary that flows from an everyday dimension into a fantastic one.

Her research investigates the relationship between humans and nature, the artist is particularly interested in exploring animal domestication as a form of human domination as well as human domestication in relation to social rules.