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Lecture | Chimerical Contamination





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Taking the installation territory – partially exhibited at Mudam Luxembourg – as a starting point, the discussion will unfold about the artist’s practice, with the idea of “chimerical contamination” as a red thread. Articulating industrial waste, anthropomorphic details and natural elements, the artist’s works seem to contaminate each other, thus creating contemporary chimeras.

“Modification, fragmentation, aggregation, hybridisation… are all means for the artist to work on the materials. She intrudes repeatedly into the world of beings and things. Through her manual intervention, she alters the seriality of manufactured objects resulting from mass production or of common species. She stops their functionality and raison d’être for the benefit of a vision that alternates between post-apocalypse and pure onirism. Her work is an elusive chimera that could be called the present.” Daria de Beauvais, CURA. magazine, no. 32, October 2019


Giulia Cenci (1988, Cortone) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, IT (2007-2012), received a Master of Fine Arts at St.Joost Academy, Den Bosch-Breda, NL (2013-2015) and she took part in deAteliers residency, Amsterdam, NL (2015-2017). Selected solo shows include, fango, SpazioA, Pistoia IT (upcoming); Da lontano era un'isola, curated by C. Rekade, Kunst Merano Arte, Merano, IT; ground ground, SpazioA, Pistoia, IT; a través, Carreras Mugica (Hall), Bilbao ES; Offspring 2017 - DEEP STATE, curated by L. Almarcegui and M. Hendriks, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL; Mai, Tile Project Space, Milano, IT. Group shows include, Shapeshifters, curated by Anna Johansson, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, SK; Metallo Urlante, CampoliPresti, Paris , FR; 15th Lyon Biennale / Jeune création internationale, curated by Palais de Tokyo, Institute of Contemporary Art, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, FR; Comrades of time, curated by Whatspace, Hardspace, Basel, CH; FutuRuins, curated by D. Ferretti, D. Ozerkov, with D. Dalla Lana, Palazzo Fortuny, Venezia, IT; That’s IT!, curated by L. Balbi, MAMBO, Bologna, IT; Hybrids, curated by C. Driessen & D. Jablonowski, Lustwarande, Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, park De Oude Warande, Tilburg NL; Sessile, curated by J. Minkus, Clifford Gallery, Colgate Univesity, Hamilton New York, USA; The Lasting. L’Intervallo e la Durata, curated by S. Cincinelli, GNAM, Roma, IT. She has been recently awarded the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel 2019 and shortlisted for the MAXXI BVLGARI PRIZE 2020. The artist lives and work between Amsterdam and Tuscany.

Daria de Beauvais is senior curator at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), where she is co-curator of the collective exhibitions Antibodies (2020) and Future, Former, Fugitive (2019). With Palais de Tokyo’s curatorial team she curated the 15th Lyon Biennale, Where Water Comes Together with Other Water (2019). Previously, her experience has included work with institutions (the Biennale and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice; the Museum of Modern Art and Independent Curators International in New York) and private galleries (Zlotowski, Paris; Alessandra Bonomo, Rome; Lili Marleen, New York). She is also a freelance curator (Paris, Rotterdam, and Chicago). She regularly sits on various committees and juries, writes for several magazines and publications and teaches at the university Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 2019, Daria de Beauvais has invited Giulia Cenci to participate in Young International Creation at the Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes in parallel of the 15th Lyon Biennale and has written about her work in CURA. magazine.

Giulia Cenci
© Photo : André Marc Raubig