Chiara Fumai’s performative practice belongs to the tradition of female psychics. She freely (mis)interprets and combines the words of different controversial entities into new stories, questioning their symbolic meaning and representation. Her work engages radical feminism, media culture, language and repression. Fumai’s starting point is lecture-performances, which later evolves into installations, videos, collages, sound, embroidery and fictional documentation.
Chiara Fumai lives in Milan. She was the winner of the ninth edition of the Furla Art Award, 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Der Hexenhammer, Museion, Bolzano, Italy, 2015; With Love from $inister, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, 2013; and I Did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, 2013. Recent group exhibitions and performances have been presented at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2015; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, 2015; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2014; De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, 2014; Nottingham Contemporary, 2014; Fiorucci Art Trust, London, 2014; MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, 2013; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012; Studio Voltaire, London, 2014; Nomas Foundation, Rome, 2011; and MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2011.
Residents from Italy
Claire Paterson’s current practice involves working with models and other artists in a collaborative myth-making process. Paterson hosts experimental photo sessions, where models are provided with a collection of various costumes, sculpture, and installation elements. They pick out items that appeal to them most, before starting to generate spontaneous poses. Other artists are invited to contribute elements, installations and objects to the modeling sessions, incorporating their own art into the process.
Claire Paterson is a contemporary painter and graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. After she graduated, she used a British Airways Travel Bursary to fund a trip around California, New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, to do research on the iconography of various religious groups in these states. Paterson has also spent time collaborating with other artists at the Cornaro Institute, Cyprus.
Howie Chen is a New York–based curator engaged in collaborative art production and research.
Howie Chen has organized exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2001-2007) and MoMA PS1. He is the founder of Dispatch, a New York City-based curatorial production office and project space that presents national and international exhibitions, projects and special events. In 2003, he formed New Humans in collaboration with artist Mika Tajima. The platform allows for collaborations between musicians, artists and designers; it was presented at the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, and South London Gallery. Collaborators include Vito Acconci, Charles Atlas, and Judith Butler, among others. Chen graduated with a BS in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.