Claudia Virginia Vitari

Turin, Italy. Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My work is focused on the analysis of the relationship between the individual and society:  a study of total institutions leading to a graphic documentation evoking a confrontation between single stories and the institution, as part and mirror of society itself. “PERCORSOGALERA” (2009) was realized inside Turin’s penitentiary and “Le Città Invisibili” (2012) in Barcelona in collaboration with “Radio Nikosia”, the first Spanish radio organized by people who have been diagnosed with mental diseases. Both projects have been realized with a grant of “Regione Piemonte”. i am currently working in Berlin, investigating through the artistic documentation the current issue of refugee camps and migration in Europe. 

Art to me is a medium to make visible what is invisible, working on apparently marginal situations and showing how they are fundamental to understanding the society in which we live.

I look for apparently marginal stories or situations and conduct research and interviews for years. 
I begin by analyzing the subject, focusing on different cultural points of view: an historical examination, paragraphs from books (taken from specific or non-specific literature: a mix of psychology- and sociology-related literature as well as narrative-based and more informal texts), and thoughts based on reality or fiction: the visual resonance of our attitudes, values, and conceptual approaches built up over time that continue to shape the way we think. It is important to me to understand the subject and also to create an intimate bridge with the viewer since the material at hand is a subject many may already be acquainted with or could easily encounter. It thus becomes necessary to overcome assumptions and simply the constraining milieu in which one might come into contact with these issues. Then I begin to document single stories, asking the people of whom I create portraits and interview to describe themselves as individuals with the aim of forcing the viewer to know them and recognize himself in their stories. To me, creating means to learn and rescue details from oblivion, to let them emerge. In general, what remains in people’s memories about the nature of life and history is a common and globalized knowledge. 
Technically, I am very interested in the fusion of drawing, sculpture and installation, building a game between sound, atmosphere and two- and three-dimensional elements. I work with transparent materials like resin or glass, printing on them with silkscreening. It is possible to see through the transparency and the installation assumes the function of a “lens” that allows one to see reality through the stories crystallized in the glass.

Vita

Education:
  • 1999-2004
  • Diploma in Fine Arts at Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design, Halle/Saale, Study Program Painting/Graphics, Textile/Painting Department.
  • 1997-1999 Two-years course at Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti (Albertina Art Academy), Torino, Painting Department. Workshops and additional education
  • 2011 Bild-Werk Frauenau, Glass and bronze casting with Stephen Paul Day, Germany
  • 2009/2010 Fundació Centre del Vidre (Glass Center Foundation), Barcelona, Fusing and slumping S12 Galleri Og Verksted, Bergen. Casting Workshop with Aesa Bjork Thorsteindottir S12 Galleri Og Verksted, Bergen. Old Photo Techniques on glass, Galina Manikova Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany, Glass and bronze casting with Stephen Paul Day.
Solo exhibitions:
  • 2014 Il Corpo in Questione. Forme, collassi, mutamenti | Studiodieci, Vercelli, Italy
  • 2013 Le Città Invisibili | Mausoleo della Bela Rosin, Turin, Italy Las Ciudades Invisibles | Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain Die unsichtbaren Städte. Claudia Vitari auf dem Teufelsberg | Teufelsberg, Berlin, Germany Le Città Invisibili | Raffaella De chirico Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy
  • 2012 Le Città Invisibili | BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin, Germany Le Città Invisibili | Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Turin, Italy
  • 2009 PERCORSOGALERA | Panopticon, Le Nuove Museum, Turin, Italy (in collaboration with Associazione Papier and a grant from Regione Piemonte)
  • 2008 PERCORSOGALERA | Riflessioni, Lorusso e Cutugno Penitentiary, Turin, Italy  (in collaboration with Lorusso and Cutugno Penitentiary and Associazione Papier
  • 2004 Vice-Versa | Villa Engelmann, Halle an der Saale, Germany
Group exhibitions:
  • 2016 Kunst am Spreeknie | Berlin Metanoia | Fellini Gallery, Berlin
  • 2015 Recharged Reality | BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin Kunst am Spreeknie | Berlin Ex Fabrica | Funkhaus, Berlin The Fuled Crafts | Tsinghua University, Beijing, China &  The Fuled Crafts | Arts & Crafts University, Shanghai, China
  • 2014 Three Act | BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin
  • 2013 Consistenza dell'immaginare | Casa dell' Architettura, Rome, Italy In Viaggio con Calvino | Casa dell'Architettura, Rome, Italy
  • 2012 To be Continued | Raffaella De Chirico Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy The Others Art Fair | with Raffaella de Chirico art e contemporanea, Torino, Italy “Open gallery weekend” | BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin, Germany Double Exhibition Claudia Virginia Vitari and Alexandra Richter | Galerie Karlshorst, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 International Arts LGBTE | La leggerezza dell’essere, AV Art Gallerie, Turin, Italy Open weekend | BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010 Grenzenlos.Vielfältig.Eins | BERLINARTPROJECTS, Berlin, Germany
  •  2009 DO NOT CROSS THE LINE | Paratissima LDT, Porta Nuova Station, Turin, Italy  A project of Grandi Stazioniand Gruppo Para -Cerka’l festival, Installation Records, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007 DISFORIE 007│Performance and installation with the group Beyond, Palafuksas, Turin, Italy Assessorato al Commercio della Città di Torino sponsored this event.
  • 2006 Remake | En plein Air Contemporary Art Gallery, Pinerolo (TO), with Beyond and  SCIFT All’ombra del Limone, Emersioni Project | Fonderie Teatrali Limone, Turin, Italy
  • 2005 High Speed Fashion, performance with the group Beyond | Palazzo della Regione Piemonte, Turin, Italy (organized by SCIFT SidacatoCreatori Indipendenti Fashion Torino)  Epi Oinopa Ponton/Quel Mare Purpureo | Allegretti Contemporary Art Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • 2004 Ars Hallensis | Villa Engelmann, Halle an der Saale, Germany
  • 2003 Vorbild-Nachbild | Hommage à Lukas Cranach, Wittenberg, Germany
  • 2002 Jahresausstellung | Hermes, Halle an der Saale, Germany  Presentation of a project realized in collaboration with the psychiatric hospital of Neustadt, Halle an der Saale, Germany (N)akt | Kunst in der Bild Art Gallery, Halle an der Saale, Germany
  • 2000 Begegnungen - Japanische Ode an Goethe | Neuenburg Castle, Naumburg, Germany Rundgang | Wittekind-Bad, Halle an der Saale, Germany
Art Fairs (selection)
  • 2012 The Others | Raffaella De Chirico Arte Contemporanea
  • 2011 Art Karlsruhe | BERLINARTPROJECTS, Karlsruhe, Germany
Grants:
  • 2011 Grant of Regione Piemonte for the Project Le città invisibili, realized in collaboration with Associazione Papier. (Legge Regionale 58/1978 Art. 4 della Legge: "Assegnazione di contributo per promuovere iniziative quali allestimenti di mostre o esposizioni")
  • 2009 Grant of Regione Piemonte for the Project PERCORSOGALERA realized in collaboration with Associazione Papier and Casa Circondariale Lorusso e Cutugno. (Legge Regionale 58/1978 Art. 4 della Legge: "Assegnazione di contributo per promuovere iniziative quali allestimenti di mostre o esposizioni")
  • 1999 Erasmus Program. Grant for the Exchange from Accademia Abertina in Turin to Burg Giebichenstein, Halle an der Saale, Germany.
Residencies
  • 2015 Glass Lab Sazava, Czech Republic
  • 2011 Derix Glass Studio, Germany

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