Curated by: Rosa Tyhurst, Jeppe Ugelvig, Hannah Zafiropoulos
Young Curators Residency Programme is curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents the exhibition "Capriccio 2000". Running from April 15 to September 15, 2019, the exhibition is the final result of the 13th edition of the Young Curators Residency Programme. The three curators selected for this edition are Rosa Tyhurst, Jeppe Ugelvig, Hannah Zafiropoulos.
In music, a capriccio is a composition that takes a free-form approach to tempo and style. In painting, it refers to an architectural fantasy in which buildings and archeological ruins from different geographies and temporalities are placed together to form plausible, yet fictional landscapes. Gesturing to these connotations, the exhibition "Capriccio 2000" traverses electronic dance music cultures in millennial Italy – particularly hardcore – to propose a sensory tableau: of listless bodies, ritualised gestures and neon hues amidst the detritus of suburban life.
While several earlier instances of nightclub and rave culture have been canonized as spaces of resistance, hardcore, arriving in the 1990s, had a much more diffuse and nihilistic aesthetic. Directly interacting with mass cultural consumption from its onset, hardcore developed into a popular musical language in the early 2000s, proliferating within local youth scenes across Europe. Considered low-brow and folkloric by most, hardcore speaks to a unique cultural moment that arose from often overlooked geographies across Europe.