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Beatrice Catanzaro
from 1 June 2009 to 3 July 2009
TORRI CONTEMPORANEE  1 GIUGNO - 3 LUGLIO
 
Born in Milan in 1975, Beatrice Catanzaro lives and works in Lisbon. Performs action and interventions of public art with a particular interest in the socio-political dynamics that characterize the evolution of contemporary society. Her projects show a common denominator: the deep sensitivity to social and urban issues, highlighted with humor and lightness through artistic practice. Beatrice interwoven stories, perceptions, meanings and places placing together realities sometimes distant and dissonant, with an emphasis on the contradictions and paradoxes of the different urban contexts and the way in which people relate.
 
Together with Andrea Nacciarriti and Søren Lose, Beatrice Catanzaro is one of the three artists invited to take part in  Nosadella.due Contemporary Towers, a public art project on three historical Bologna towers façade, in colaboration with Articolture and promoted by Fondazione del Monte, with the patrocinate of Bologna Municipality  and Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e il Paesaggio.
 
Intrigued by the construction techniques employed in the building of Bologna’s medieval towers, whit Scaffolder (ponteggio) Beatrice Catanzaro reminds us of current practices that are not so different from those of that distant period to which the towers of Bologna belong. In countries like China and India (and, indeed, in many others) bamboo has traditionally been used for the construction of scaffolding. During the middle ages, timber was used in the same way for building the lofty structures which today characterise the city of Bologna and in which traces of the holes on the exterior walls are still visible. The enormous flexibility and strength of bamboo, as well as its rapid growth, make this material ideal in unusual construction sites, notably for high buildings, such as skyscrapers. Accordingly, the artist has decided to draw a parallel between two very different cultures as a means to reawaken the public’s interest about urban areas which usually attract little attention. By means of an act of displacement, and replacement by an ‘alien’ structure, this artist induces us to reflect on the tower as it appears today, displaying those architectural features which we rarely think
about but which testify to its past. At the same time we are asked to reflect on a building technique which, whether or not we are familiar with it, is undoubtedly different from that customarily used in Europe. Having imported a cargo of bamboo from China, Barbara Catanzaro recreates a ‘hypothetical’ scaffolding on the facade of the Alberici Tower, seemingly reproducing an old method which, at the same time, speaks to us about the present, transporting us to other places and contexts. Under the direction of an expert architect the artist will study and then demonstrate to passers-by during the installation phase (in situ) how such scaffolding was actually put up, employing craftsmen with experience of building with bamboo.
 
Graduated at the Brera Fine Arts Academy - Painting, Beatrice Catanzaro participated in the Master in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus in Weimar with an exchange program at Oxford Brookes University. Between 2003 and 2004 is involved with the residency program of the Foundation Rats and the international art residency at Unidee Cittadellarte - Pistoletto Foundation. In 2005 participates at the Urban Festival in Zagreb with the support of Movin'up grant of GAI and 2006 in Milan, develops the independent project BocciaMI, supported by the Municipality of Milan and the Lombardy Region. In 2007 in collaboration with the Vastu-Schilpa Foundation and CEPT University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, the develops project the Cutting_Chai, presented in Milan at the Connecting Cultures in May 2007. In 2008, the presents the project The water was boiling at 34 ° 21 '29 "S, 18 ° 28' 19" east, between Lisbon and Calcutta (India), produced by MART for the show Eurasia-Geographical dissolvement of art - curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and simultaneously at Manifesta08.
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