Patrick Tuttofuoco creates innovative imagined structures, architectural assemblages, films and animations motivated by the urban environment as a site of constant transformation. The use of light and movement characterize Tuttofuoco’s works, which combine immediate sensorial allure with the power to trigger profound theoretical responses. Frequently working in collaboration, Tuttofuoco’s diverse artistic practice seeks to forge new dialogues between public and private, between individuals and the environment they inhabit. Operating on an open, communicative level his works explore architecture as the product of the energy and combined efforts of the people who constructed and live in it, as a human energy that lives through its functionality.
Patrick Tuttofuoco (born 1974, Milan, Italy) lives and works in Berlin and has shown extensively internationally, in both solo and group shows. Recent exhibitions of the artist’s work include: Things are queer, MARTa Herford, Germany; Hundred Stories about Love, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Italics: Italian Art Between Tradition and Revolution 1968-2008, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Palazzo Grassi, Venice; TURN ON: Contemporary Italian Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario; 10th Havana Biennial: Integration and Resistance in the Global Age; Dandelion, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; 50th Venice Biennial; Folkestone Triennial,
England; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nimes, France; Shanghai Biennale; and Revolving Landscape, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Italy
Tomas Rafa’s work explores the line between patriotism and nationalism. Through photographs and videos, Rafa focuses on displays of racism and xenophobia in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. Over the last three years, Rafa has created a video project set against the background of political demonstrations, blockades, protests, and scenes of everyday life in these countries. The project features group demonstrations and displays of extremism where national and sexual majorities are in opposition to minorities, often complimented with the artist’s own actions and performances. Just as the famous Czech director Karel Vachek, Rafa keeps the camera on at all times during these events, even when the journalists have left. In this way, the footage presents situations one would not have the chance to see on a television news program. Rafa won the Oskár Čepan’s Award for 2011 in Slovakia.
Tomas Rafa (born in 1979 in Zilina, Slovakia) graduated from the Department of Digital Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He also studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
Residents from Slovakia
Adéla Hrušková’s curatorial practice deals with the mediation of visual art and visual communication in the field of transfer and information processing. She is interested in acts of mediation, the situation of communication between the onlooker and the artwork, and the perception of the viewer. Hrušková’s projects often engage with the communication process, spectator approach and imagination. Her curatorial practice focuses on emerging contemporary art, particularly photography and time-based media.
Hrušková is a curator, cultural manager and gallery educator who lives and works in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic. She holds a MA in Curatorship Studies from The University of J. E. Purkyně, Ústí nad Labem, where she is currently studying for a PhD in Visual Communication. In 2008, she held a residency at the Czech Centre Bucharest. In 2011, she participated in the exhibition The Picture We Live In at the Gallery of Emil Filla, Ústí nad Labem, a presentation of works created by Photography students from Czech and Slovak universities. She has created workshops and educational programs for independent galleries and curated several exhibitions of the work of contemporary young artists.