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"Until Further Notice" Webinar #6



For the art series  "Until Further Notice" - Webinar #6

Maurita Cardone, art writer, in conversation with:
Emi Fontana: Born in Milan in 1961, she is a cultural producer, art curator and writer based in Los Angeles.
Luca Vitone: Born in Genoa in 1964, he has exhibited in noted institutions such as New York’s PS1, Casino Luxembourg, Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery of Bergamo, and the 2003 and 2013 Venice Biennale.



Emi Fontana is an Italian cultural producer, art curator and writer based in Los Angeles.

She studied Art History at La Sapienza University. in Rome. As a teen-ager in the late seventies, she was especially close to the group of writers and cartoonists involved with the publication of several independent magazines, including Il Male, Cannibale, and Frigidaire. In the late 80s Fontana became increasingly active in contemporary art as an independent curator. She created, with Laura Ruggeri and Gianni Romano, the first archive of living women artists in Italy, now housed at DOCVA (Documentation Centre for Visual Arts) in Milan. In 1992, Fontana opened the Emi Fontana Gallery in Milan. In the early 2000 she started to spend most of her time in Los Angeles. In 2002 she organized a show by Ketty La Rocca (1938-1976) at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. Under the label of West of Rome she produceda series of projects, using the sprawling Los Angeles urban space as exhibition venue, further investigating the politics of display.

Just to mention few of these projects: a solo show by Olafur Eliasson, and the ground breaking Women in the City, with Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and Louise Lawler, disseminated in more than 300 locations across greater Los Angeles. In 2011 Fontana collaborated with the Getty Research Institute for Pacific Standard Time Art in LA 1945-1986, curating a series of performances based on the influence of the Women Building. In 2013 Fontana curated, with Andrea Lissoni, a large show by Mike Kelley, who had tragically passed away in 2012. The show, at the Hangar Bicocca in Milano, was titled Eternity is a long time.
From 2013 to 2019 Fontana worked on different art related art and writings projects, including Liliana Moro Underdog at the GAM in Rome. In recent years Fontana work has been, through the means of art and yoga, orienting more toward helping underserved communities in Los Angeles.


In his artistic practice, Luca Vitone focuses on the idea of "place" and invites us to learn new ways of knowing something we already know. His work explores how places are identified and represented through cultural production. Vitone bridges the gap between the sense of loss of place, characteristic of postmodern life, and the ways in which feelings of belonging arise at the intersection between personal and collective memory, drawing paths that create a subjective geography.

In 2018, with the Romanistan project, he was among the winners of the fourth edition of the Italian Council call for proposals. In 2019, with his project il Cerchio Rosso in collaboration with Studio Boeri Architetti, he created the temporary installation La radura della Memoria dedicated to the victims of the collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genova, Italy.
Since 2006 he has been teaching at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. Currently collaborating with Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Köln/München; Galleria Pinksummer, Genova; Galerie Michel Rein, Paris/Brussels; Galleria Rolando Anselmi, Rome/Berlin. His work has been shown extensively throughout the world, including at MoMA PS1 in New York where he had a solo show in 2000, and at the 2003 and 2013 Venice Biennale.


Date: Thursday, December 03, 2020

Time: From 3:00 pm To 4:00 pm

Organized by : ICI

Entrance : Free


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