La Fabbrica del Cioccolato Foundation
Opening of Foreignness |Programme 2016
With Anna Galtarossa |Kamchatka ’16 and Daniel González |Paper Building
Curator’s texts Noah Stolz
Saturday 21st May 2016 | 18:00 | Blenio Valley | Canton Ticino – Switzerland
La Fabbrica del Cioccolato is a new foundation, open to every cultural and artistic expression; on Saturday 21st May at 18:00 it will launch Foreignness, a curatorial, multidisciplinary, two-year project, developed by the artistic director Franco Marinotti. The foundation is located in the suggestive Alps of Canton Ticino, in Blenio Valley, and it aims at protecting and maintaining the architectural and archaeological heritage of the former industrial complex Cima Norma, established in Torre-Dangio village at the beginning of XX century.
Site specific works Paper Building of Daniel Gonzàlez and Kamchatka ‘16 of Anna Galtarossa will provide the opening of Foreignness with a dreamlike and fascinating atmosphere.
The word Foreignness highlights different ways of feeling foreign, stranger and external to a specific reality.
Foreignness is a fine art festival that analyses the interaction between art, its different forms of expressions and the territory, meant as an evolving cultural, social, political heritage.
La Fabbrica del Cioccolato will be a permanent workshop focussing on the creative process, interacting with the audience and surrounding environment, establishing a new concept, different from the common one: opening-exhibition; exhibition-opening. All initiatives originate from the sharing of artistic experimentation.
During the opening the whole façade of the factory will be covered by the ephemeral architecture Paper Building, by Daniel Gonzàlez: a monumental 890 square metres installation representing the feeling of being foreign in a context and making the building interact with the audience’s intimate emotions, by applying several layers of white papers to the external façade of the factory.
Paper Building hides the ancient architecture of the chocolate factory Cima Norma, causing a loss of identity, due to a change in the original environment. Citizens will lose an important point of reference for the territory, and they will find a new one by taking part in the opening, when they will tear the paper down to open the factory’s doors and windows.
It will then be possible to start a fantastic and daring journey to discover Kamchatka ’16 by Anna Galtarossa, a map in the mind of the artist, brought to the external world. Kamchatka ’16 is a prêt‐à‐porter trip; an exploration of tensions between culture and nature, started by the artist in 2005 with Kamchatka, at Viafarini, Milan. This visionary universe will be crossed by visitors, who will be carried across a world with fantasy creatures, like pioneers on a cart. At the end of the track, explorers will meet an ancient and famous fighter, who will be shaped with the help of local artisans, and influenced by local materials and nature: a guardian of the valley; a spirit coming from far away to protect it.
The two works will be elaborated by texts of Noah Stolz.
Foreignness programme will also include in July the projection of Cacao Collective, a documentary produced by Spanish photographers and film makers Ivo Rovira and Ana Ponce. Moreover, Il Pardo in Fabbrica, will take place in July by scheduling cinematographic events in collaboration with Locarno Film Festival. In August the Austrian artist and director Oliver Ressler, who produces installations, films and projects in public space, will also be involved in Foreignness programme (4 August – 14 September).
All updates are available on the foundation’s website: www.lafabbricadelcioccolato.org
La Fabbrica del Cioccolato Foundation
What: opening of Foreignness programme
Artists: Anna Galtarossa – Kamchatka ’16 | Daniel Gonzàlez – Paper Building
Curators’ texts: Noah Stolz
When: Saturday 21st May at 18:00
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