MILOVAN FARRONATO is Director and Curator of the Fiorucci Art Trust, developing the residential itinerant project Roadside Picnic and the yearly festival Volcano Extravaganza in Stromboli. With Paulina Olowska he initiated the symposium Mycorial Theatre in Rabka, Poland. He conceived The violent No! Part of the public programme of the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). Previous positions held include: from 2005 to 2012 he was director of the non-profit organisation Viafarini and curator at DOCVA Documentation Centre for Visual Arts, Milan. From 2006 to 2010 he was Associate Curator of the Galleria Civica di Modena. He was also professor of Visual Cultures at CLADEM, University IUAV, Treviso –Venice from 2008 to 2015. Recent exhibitions curated by Farronato include Prediction at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2016); Peter Doig’s solo exhibition at Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2015); Intim Im Team by Lucy Mckenzie and Josephine Reisch at White Cubicle, London (2015); Christodoulos Panayiotou’s solo show at Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan (2014); and Arimortis at Museo del Novecento, Milan, co-curated with Roberto Cuoghi (2013).
The curator will share the same environment as artist Prem Sahib at the residency, working along with him to the development of his project during his stay in Rio de Janeiro. They will also visit museums, cultural centres and have conversations about Sahib’s ideas and work on the presentation of the outcome of the residency at the beginning of September.
Cruising the House
In a compound graciously perched on a steep hill below Cristo Redentor (a looming presence that appears and disappears according to the Gospel of the cloudy winter season) new pathways will be opened and new functionalities will be improvised for the duration of a day, September 11th. Artist Prem Sahib will be ‘crossing the line’ of a residential space, in the company of curator Milovan Farronato.
The guesthouse where they are living and working for one month will host an assembly of athletic bodies, fragmented to capture the prominence of their curves. This series of hand painted studies are reminiscent of the daily competitions occurring around the city and will be marked by an alternative Olympic poster designed by the artist.
Will the Sauna still function as such, or according to the specific aesthetic of Sahib, turn into one of his leitmotifs? Will the Gymnasium be accessible, or new visual instruction be provided? For sure a new club night will be dreamed up in the depths of the prominent vegetation of the Jardim Botanico district. These are all areas of Inclusartiz facing the sun, where viewers will be able to see the handmade ‘draft’ of an exhibition. The rest of the interventions will be layered along the narrow labyrinthine pathways that exist in the shade of the garden or the underbelly of the mansion.
To cruise implies movement in search of possible pleasure, without a specific goal. To sail about on a pleasure trip with different stops, or enjoy new locations at a constant speed that permits maximum efficiency. Cruising the House will inflict a fictional narrative to coexist alongside the domestic dimension.