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“Tre artiste per Trivero” (Three female artists for Trivero)

Alek O., Laura Pugno, Valentina Vetturi

For the 2016 edition, the project ALL’APERTO of the Zegna Foundation works closely with the community of Trivero (BI) through the workshops and interventions of three artists: Alek O., Laura Pugno (in collaboration with Diogene Lab, Turin), and Valentina Vetturi. The relationship with the schools and associations of the town has marked all the previous stages of ALL’APERTO, but this year it was decided to make it the focus of the project, in line with the numerous activities dedicated to the education and training of young people of the Foundation and in continuity with the values of Ermenegildo Zegna.

Laura Pugno, born in Trivero, continues her investigation on the theme of landscape by carrying out a workshop with the third-grade students in October titled “See you in the city centre”. As the artist writes, “It’s not often that you find a municipality made up of 37 hamlets. Faced with such a dispersed situation, it is interesting to wonder what image the students have of their own town.” The result of this mapping, aimed at identifying new places for aggregation and meeting, will be an artist’s book containing all the “postcards” elaborated by the students.

During the same period, Alek O. leads the workshop “Even if it’s nice, bring an umbrella!” with some classes of the first year of middle school, using simple recycled materials to create a large collective composition, between tangram and mosaic. By using “lived” objects, with their own personal history, the artist invites the students to exploit their manual skills and “forget the function of the initial object to focus on the variety of colors and patterns”.

At the end of the year, Valentina Vetturi will create a new stage of Alzheimer Café, a series of works (Alzheimer Café I, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Germany, 2014; Alzheimer Café II, Museo MAXXI, Rome, 2015) that investigates the relationship between memory and sound. The work stems from a collection of motifs sung or hinted at by people affected by neurological disorders that affect memory. In Trivero, in particular, the artist will collect the voices of patients from the local Alzheimer Center, and then rework their traces. “These most private sounds that were originally other people’s memories, now transformed into post-produced sewn products and made public, become a multiplying device of memories for those who listen to them today” she explains.

The three projects were documented and presented to the public in the spring of 2017.

ALL’APERTO is sponsored by Comune di Trivero, Provincia di Biella and Regione Piemonte.


Alek O., Laura Pugno, Valentina Vetturi

ALEK O. (1981, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
lives and works in Milan. He often uses everyday objects marked by the passage of time, transforming them into abstract and rigorous compositions in the form of painting, embroidery, weaving, and installations.
Some of his recent exhibitions include:
– La seconda volta, curated by Cristiana Perrella, 16th Quadriennale d’Arte, Rome (2016);
– Time Goes By So Slowly, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam (2016);
– Ennesima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale di Milano (2015);
– Art Situacions III, curated by Vicente Todoli, Maria de Corral,
Lorena Martinez, Ilaria Gianni, Genoa, Madrid (2015);
– Le regole del gioco, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Studio Castiglioni, Milan (2015) Frieze Focus, London (2014);
– If There is a Last Summer Morning, Frutta, Rome (2014).

LAURA PUGNO (1975, Trivero, Biella)
lives and works in Turin. Her research moves through the use of different media, from drawing to video, from photography to sculpture, to investigate the theme of vision, understood as a culturally conditioned experience. She recently exhibited at the Biennale del Disegno di Rimini (2016); Museo del Territorio Biellese (2015); MART, Rovereto (2014); Galleria Alberto Peola, Turin (2014); MAN, Nuoro (2013); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2012). She participated in residences at CARS, Omegna (2013); Dolomiti Contemporanee, Belluno (2011); Fondazione Spinola Banna, Poirino (2008). She is involved in Progetto Diogene and has been a teacher at Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin since 2004.

VALENTINA VETTURI (1979, Reggio Calabria)
lives and works between Bari, Brussels, and Geneva. Weaving together memory, writing, and performativity, her works are composed through long processes and involve fragments of seemingly very different realities. She is one of the participants in the 16th Quadriennale di Roma (in the De Rerum Rurale section, curated by Matteo Lucchetti) and an artist in residence at the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm. She has participated in residences in Italy and abroad and exhibited her works in public and private institutions including: Strauhof, Zurich; perf, Geneva (2016), MACRO, Rome (2015), MAXXI, Rome; Kunsthalle Göppingen, Germany;, Bucharest (2014); Istituto Svizzero, Rome (2013); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Viafarini, Milan (2012); Tenuta dello scompiglio, Lucca; Festival di Santarcagelo di Romagna (2011).