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The group show Data Recovery, curated by Övül Durmusoglu, is the winning project of the fourthLorenzo Bonaldi Prize for Art – EnterPrize. The project by Durmusoglu, nominated by Sabine Breitwieser (independent curator, Vienna), has been submitted to the jury comprised of: Dan Cameron (Director of Visual Arts CAC – Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans), Ralph Rugoff (Director Hayward Gallery, London) and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio (Director GAMeC, Bergamo).

The Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi per l’Arte – EnterPrize is the first international competition dedicated to young curators under the age of 30, conceived to commemorate Lorenzo Bonaldi's passion for art and collecting. It was organized by GAMeC, and funded by the Bonaldi family for the first time in 2003. It represents a unique sort of recognition, because it rewards the research of a young curator and his or her exhibition project.

The project proposed by Övül Durmusoglu has taken its original inspiration - knowledge as a performative scene - from “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. Processes of knowing and not-knowing become more involved with artistic strategies and research in contemporary art. In particular, artists - by positioning themselves with changing realities and current events - attempt to recover certain untold and deliberately disregarded histories through their different methodologies. That is why Data Recovery has taken its title from the performative process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, wrecked or inaccessible primary storage media.

The artists contributing to the project – Julie Ault and Martin Beck, Michael Blum, Banu Cennetoglu, Goldin+Senneby, Klub Zwei, Susanne Kriemann – engage themselves with information using fresh methodologies of research and process. Ault and Beck realize a super sized mural called Information using data from poverty policies deployed by US government since 1964; Blum performs a fairy tale about the failures of grand ideologies of 20th century – communism, social democracy and capitalism – in his essay performance video The Three Failures; Cennetoglu’s photo installation Determined Barbara makes us question the existence of a SFOR military training ground constructed in Glamoc; Goldin+Senneby present a new stage of their work in progress Looking for Headless with Gone Offshore; Klub Zwei points towards how some histories like that of national socialism are very alive today, shaping perpetrators’ descendents’ personal live s in their video installation Väter Täter; Kriemann’s new artist’s edition 12 650 000 – produced for Data Recovery – reframes Berlin’s load test body “Grossbelastungskörper” commissioned by Albert Speer, writing its alternative history in an unexpected format.

The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual publication containing Jacques Rancière’s comment given in the framework of “Klartext! The Status of the Political in Contemporary Art and Culture” in Berlin 2005 and a new text written for Data Recovery by theorist and curator Stephen Wright alongside an introduction by the curator Övül Durmusoglu.

Data Recovery is realized with the support of: IASPIS (International Artists' Studio Program in Sweden), The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts and the Austrian Cultural Forum in Milan.

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Data Recovery
Lorenzo Bonaldi Prize For Art – Enterprize, 4th Year

Kurator: Övül Durmusoglu

Künstler: Julie Ault & Martin Beck, Michael Blum, Banu Cennetoglu, Goldin + Senneby , Klub Zwei , Susanne Kriemann