Curated by: Norman Rosenthal, Harry Woodlock, Elisabetta Barisoni
The exhibition presents over a dozen artists of the young London generation according to different artistic declinations, from painting to sculpture, from video to photography, to installation, up to performance. Mostly unpublished productions and in many cases site-specific interventions to outline the contemporary London cultural landscape, in the post-1990s evolution and in the stringent relevance of its most innovative interlocutors.
The authors are all emerging young people living and working in London today; the exhibition presents over 40 works , of which 5 are unpublished site-specific works commissioned on the occasion of the exhibition. The works come from the collections of the British Council, the Arts Council and galleries and artist studios.
Norman Rosenthal argues' that despite all the enormous problems young artists face and have always faced, in London and elsewhere, the best thing is that the creativity and originality of art continue to thrive in interesting and even surprising ways. The exhibition, I like to think, will be a beautiful manifestation of this truth coming from London ».
As Harry Woodlock writes: «Breathless explores the realities of contemporary art in one of the most developed centers of global capitalism. Over the past forty years, life for a young metropolitan artist has become increasingly hard: authors are subject to free market demands, ever-increasing living costs and the disintegration of social ties. This has accelerated and created a state of vital exhaustion that is both urgent for the future of cultural production and relevant to anyone with an interest in artistic expression. ' The works include disciplines as diverse as painting, sculpture, video, installation and performance, and are mostly unpublished or exhibited for the first time in Italy.
With "Breathless / Senza Respiro" Ca 'Pesaro, reference point of the Venice Civic Museums Foundation for the contemporary, confirms its desire to become a museum of the present and its historical vocation as a reference point for the renewal of society. As Elisabetta Barisoni expresses: «Through the filter of contemporary art, once again, we seek answers, even though we know that the best art is that which does not allow it easily and at most poses new questions; even knowing that the artist's gaze is always distorting, more intense, cruder, more visionary than chronicles and more irrational than historicizations, often more lasting, sometimes eternal ».
The exhibition narrative and image of the exhibition are curated by REAL Foundation, a cultural institution and architecture studio based in London, founded by Jack Self. REAL also curates an illustrated catalog, in Italian and English, with images of the works on display and photographs of the set-up and site-specific works created in dialogue with Ca 'Pesaro.
Artists exhibited (authors of site specific works commissioned for the exhibition in italics): Larry Achiampong, Alvaro Barrington, Alice Channer, Matt Copson , Nicolas Deshayes, Ed Fornieles , Anthea Hamilton, Tom Hardwick-Allan, Celia Hempton, Evan Ifekoya , Lydia Ourahmane , Eddie Peake, Prem Sahib, Victoria Sin , Issy Wood.