Chiara Fumai

Date 27.11.13

Time 6.30 - 8.00pm

Location Arnolfini


A talk by Chiara Fumai at Arnolfini on 27th November 2013 followed by an in conversation with curator and writer Stefano Collicelli Cagol.


The performative practice of Italian artist Chiara Fumai belongs to the tradition of female psychics, who are ‘spoken by’ different controversial entities, which  the artist freely (mis)interprets and combines into new stories, questioning their symbolic meaning and representation in the mind of the viewer.

Dealing with radical feminism, media culture, language and repression, her starting point is performance, later transformed into installations, videos, collages and performative displays.

In Bristol, Miss Fumai will present a selection of unexpected female guests that were channelled in her recent exhibitions followed by an informal interview and Q&A session with Italian curator and writer Stefano Collicelli Cagol.

Chiara Fumai

Chiara Fumai was born in Rome (1978) and lives in Milan. Recent exhibitions include: Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2013); Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague (2013); Museo del Novecento, Milan (2013); Maison Rouge, Paris (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2012), Jeu de Paume, Paris (2011); Museo MAXXI, Rome (2011); Volcano Extravaganza, Stromboli (2011), Survival Kit Festival, Riga (2011), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2010), and SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2009).

The artist was the winner of the ninth edition of the Furla Prize 2013 which featured the staging of her new work I Did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’ as parallel event of the Venice Biennale.

Stefano Collicelli Cagol

Stefano Collicelli Cagol (b. Padua 1978) is a PhD Researcher on the Curating Contemporary Art Programme of the Royal College of Art in London. From 2010 to 2013 he coordinated the Young Curators Residency programme organised by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, where in 2012 he was one of the tutors and coordinators of the first edition of CAMPO – Corso per Curatori, in which he taught History of Exhibitions and Curatorial Practice.  He curated the second edition of Vitrine at the GAM in Turin in 2012-13 and he was one of the selectors of the ninth edition of the Furla Prize 2013. In 2011 he was Assistant Curator for the exhibition Un’Espressione Geografica curated by Francesco Bonami at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In 2010 he curated the exhibition Seven Little Mistakes at the Museo Marino Marini, Florence. He was Research Curator at the Villa Manin – Centre of Contemporary Art, Passariano (UD) in 2006; from 2004 to 2006 the University Ca’ Foscari di Venezia – Department of History of Arts and Preservation of Artistic Heritage granted him a postgraduate fellowship to research into the Visual Arts sector of the Venice Biennial. He has contributed to several publications relating to the history of Italian exhibitions and he has collaborated with the periodical Domus.

£6 / £5 Concessions, free for UWE Students with ID. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email:: /

Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.