With Michael Beutler, Seb Koberstädt, Christian Andersson, Diego Perrone, Paolo Parisi and Luca Vitone, Fortino1 involved young artists from Central Europe (Germany, Sweden, Italy), invited to produce works, object of temporary exhibitions.
According with the two curators Friedel and Iovane, the works that the artists are invited to produce, has to be an efficacious contemporary instrument to define a new reading of the context through “foreign” eyes: an important contribution toward reducing distance between cultures. Fortino 1 meets perfectly with the goals and ethos of the Fondazione Brodbeck, as well as the specific qualities of the place in which to work, with the manifest intention of suggesting an opening in a highly characteristic location.
The Cretto project, curated by Nuno Faria, was built conceptually from and at the place where it is shown: the Fondazione Brodbeck, in Catania, Sicily. It had a long period of development, including preparatory trips, several working sessions with the artistic direction of the Foundation and hours of discussion with the artists that will be presented over the next three years. The initial aim was to propose a project that would somehow complement the project Fortino1 featuring artists from Southern Europe or Latin America. If the title of the project inevitably evokes the spirit and mythological energy of the place, recalling a moment/contemporary monument duality, the basis of the concept of memory as a function entrusted to preserve and transmit energy in time, it also refers to the literal meaning of the word: crack, interval, cut.
Our Reality (October 2015 – January 2016)
“My grandparents had a cup, it said My Cup on one side and Your Cup on the other. To have My Cup facing towards me seemed always clear. To address Your Cup to the one across from me was logical, but I could never stop thinking about if the person in front of me, while reading Your Cup would refer it to him/herself or me”