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OPENING – Young galleries

Opening reaches its eighth edition, if it were a gallery it would be too old to take part in its own section. It has never lost sight of its core spirit of research and will once again become an opportunity to discover new galleries and new artists. To open up horizons and find an active way of connecting with the projects is essential in Opening

14 Jun 2017

Continuing with the rotation strategy that has succeeded in contributing different views and the constant endeavour to reach agreements between the curatorial teams, we have a new curator on the team to develop this section:  Ilaria Gianni, who joins Stefanie Hessler in what we believe is a fascinating task.

These two young curators have never worked jointly before, and together face a challenge, which however common we might find it, is nonetheless an essential element of this task. The challenge of curating within the framework of a fair, of taking not only the quality of the contents into account, but also their position in the grand structure of the market, of assessing the risks and, particularly, forging total complicity with the galleries. Their job is to accompany these in the process of selecting the artists, the works, the stand presentation and the communication of these projects in the fair to the professionals and collectors who visit it.

We will share their selection very soon. We hope you find it interesting.



Stefanie Hessler is a curator and writer from Germany, currently based in Sweden. She is the co-founder of the art space Andquestionmark in Stockholm (with Carsten Höller). Recent curated projects include the 8th Momentum Biennial in Moss, Norway (2015); “Outside” at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden (2014); “Klara Lidén: The Myth of Progress (Moonwalk)” at Lugar a Dudas in Cali, Colombia (2014); and “Carsten Höller: Half Past and Half To” at Die Ecke in Santiago, Chile (2013). Hessler regularly writes for art publications, such as ArtReview, and co-edits books, such as "Life Itself" for the Moderna Museet. In 2016, she is curating the exhibition "Speed" at the Museum of Modern Art in Recife, Brazil; and is joining Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary as curator of TBA21-Academy and for the project "The Current", an exploratory fellowship programme on a research vessel investigating human impact on climate change and particularly the oceans.

Ilaria Gianni is curator and art writer. After a Degree and Postgraduate Degree in Art History from the Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, she obtained an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College.

Between 2009 and 2016 she was co-founding Director and curator of Nomas Foundation, where she was responsible of the artistic programming, which included onsite and offsite exhibitions, seminars, lectures, workshops, residencies and publications. She is co-founder and curator of the independent not-for-profit exhibition-event GRANPALAZZO, which since 2015 takes place in noble palaces in the Roman countryside, and co-founder of the «Magic Lantern Film Festival», a semiannual research based thematic investigation of the interstice between visual art and cinema. Over the past years she has curated a number of exhibitions, and independent research based projects in museums, project spaces, art institutions and galleries. She holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Art at the John Cabot University, Rome, is lecturer on the “Master of Art” at the University Luiss Guido Carli, Rome, on the Course in “Curatore Museale e di Eventi” at the Istituto Europeo del Design, Rome, and at Cornell University, Rome. She has contributed with texts to numerous art catalogues and has collaborated with magazines such as «Domus», «NERO», «Lo Specchio », «Circa», «Flash Art», «Arte e Critica», «cura», «Psiche», «».