curated by Valérie da Costa

Elisabetta Benassi, Mimosa Échard, Alberto Garutti, Piero Gilardi, Fabio Mauri and Chloé Quenum

24.01.20 – 19.03.20

Invited by Martina Simeti to develop a project for her gallery, Valérie Da Costa stemmed from the history of the venue – an old silver factory – to hold a reflection on the connections between art and the domestic object. To build a narrative on those links which are cherished by many artists, the curator has identified artists of diferent generations, gathering Italian names well established in their country, Elisabetta Benassi, Alberto Garutti, Piero Gilardi and Fabio Mauri and two French, Mimosa Échard and Chloé Quenum, whose work has never been shown in Italy.

The title: “Non si può essere incolti al punto di amare solo cose di alta qualità” comes from Fabio Mauri’s work, in particular from one of the sentences printed on strips of carpet (again, a material belonging to the domestic space) which is a part of his latest great installation: L’Universo d’uso presented in 2008 in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica on the occasion of the Festival of Philosophy.