Francesco Arena’s works originates from Italian history, in particular from the political and social facts that characterize the recent past. Events that have often been hidden or ‘hushed up’ gain a new life through the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.
Francesco Arena (born 1978) lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari. His work has been shown in the solo exhibitions 2012 Trittico 57, Museion, Bolzano; Orizzonte con riduzione di Mare, Monitor, Roma; Com’è piccola Milano, Peep Hole, Milano; Art Statement, Art Basel 2010 and Teste, Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Fabriano. He also has taken part in several group exhibitions including: 2012 The Revolution Must Be Made Little By Little |Part 2: The Squaring of the Circle, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, Sao Paolo; Sotto la Strada la Spiaggia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino; 2011 Il bel paese dell’arte, GAMEC, Bergamo; Pleure qui peu rit qui veut – Premio Furla, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna; Contemporary Art in the Evolving City, organized by Nomas Foundation and IMF Foundation, Roma and Practicing Memory – In the Time of an All–engaging Present, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella. In 2009, Arenae won the Premio Ermanno Casoli Prize and in 2011 he was shortlisted for Premio Furla Prize.
Residents from Italy
Jakob Boeskov is a Danish-Icelandic artist and filmmaker. His work touches upon many disciplines involving video, drawing and conceptual art. Common subjects are technology, politics and his native Scandinavian region. Boeskov’s best known project is calle ID Sniper, where he infiltrated a Chinese weapons fair with a fake hi-tech weapon.
Jakob Boeskov (born 1973, Elsinore, Denmark) moved to Copenhagen in the early 1990s where he put out his satirical comic Flax Letter (Nicolai Wallner Entertainments) and the experimental 8mm film Exhaust Tiger. In 1998 he published a comic about Lars Von Trier, after which he abandoned comics entirely, focusing on drawings and more conceptual art projects. His first solo show My Doomsday Weapon, The Thing, New York, 2004 documented the creation of a fictional hi-tech weapon. He later described these events in the film Empire North (2010), a film that won the Danish Dox Award at the Copenhagen DOX Film Festival. Group exhibitions include Populism, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 2005 and Screening War, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, 2005. In 2010, Boeskov’s work was the subject of the retrospective exhibition Siggimund at the National Gallery of Denmark. His solo exhibitions include Coup de Théâtre, V1, Copenhagen, 2005, Thule, V1, Copenhagen, 2010 and Weekend Futurology, Mulherin Pollard, New York, 2012. Boeskov lives and works in New York City.
Residents from Denmark
Alejandro Botubol’s work deals with the constant and persistent exploration of space. His images aren’t figural; they’re grounded in symbolism, gravity and time. His paintings are infinite, and pursue the search for truth through the contemplation of life. Botubol embraces the sense of immanence in all objects, creating metaphysical tension with a nuanced sense of mysticism.
Alejandro Botubol (born 1979) studied painting, engraving and design at the University of Fine Arts in Seville. His work has been exhibited in the Taidemuseo, Riihimäki; Museum of Inquisition, Cartagena and The Dr. Rafael Calderón Guardia Museum, San José.