press release

The group show Aesthetics / Dietetics, curated by Mizuki Endo, is the winner project of the third edition of the Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi per l’Arte – EnterPrize. The project by Endo, nominated by Yuko Hasegawa (Chief Curator, MOT Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokio), has been submitted to the jury comprised by: Bob Nickas (Curatorial Advisor, PS1 Contemporary Art Centre / A MoMA Affiliate, Long Island - New York), Beatrix Ruf (Director Kunsthalle, Zurigo) 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. Held on an annual basis, it was organized by GAMeC - Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, 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 purpose of this recognition is to highlight the significance of the key role recently assumed by curators on the international art scene, as well as encourage and support the talent of a young curator at an extremely critical stage in his or her professional development.

In Aesthetics /Dietetics, the curator seeks to articulate the current state of Asian contemporary art through the works of Kikuko Nomi, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Gary Ross Pastrana and Tadasu Takamine. In between the dominant influence of modern Western art, and increasing commodification of contemporary art, contemporary artists in Asia has been searching for alternative aesthetics by rethinking and reformulating the daily practice of governing and structuring one’s own body and life. Aesthetics / Dietetics starts from the concept of diet: in ancient Greek (diaita) meant ‘conduct of life’, in other words an ethical practice that bestowed an aesthetic guise on the life of man.

Nomi’s installation piece, Nedoko, is a practical reinterpretation of our natural act of sleeping: she develops the theme by turning a common bedroom into something alien. Ozawa’s Vegetable Weapon implies the hidden meanings of the familiar object, vegetable, by turning it into a weapon, and by sharing the process of digesting/disposing this once-politicized-object. Pastrana’s installation piece functions as a public space where the aesthetic possibility of one’s ordinary activities emerges through the audience’s encountering to the process of nature and the movement of living objects. Takamine’s video installation God Bless America shows the aesthetic contemplation of the “America,” i.e. the geographical other as well as the dominant and controlling force in the contemporary cultural globalization, through the artist’s ordinary daily practices. To produce this work, the artist and his partner remained locked in the artist’s s tudio for eighteen days.

The exhibition catalogue is published in Italian and English.

Aesthetics / Dietetics is supported by the contribution of Japan Foundation and Pola Art Foundation.


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Premio Lorenzo Bonaldi per l’Arte – EnterPrize, Aesthetics / Dietetics
Kurtator: Mizuki Endo
KünstlerInnen: Kikuko Nomi, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Gary Ross Pastrana, Tadasu Takamine