NEBULA

An exhibition with 8 new video installations commissioned and produced by Fondazione In Between Art Film on the occasion of the Biennale Arte 2024

17 April – 24 November 2024

Complesso dell’Ospedaletto, Venice

with

Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Saodat Ismailova, Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado, Diego Marcon, Basir Mahmood, Ari Benjamin Meyers, and Christian Nyampeta

curated by

Alessandro Rabottini, Artistic director, Fondazione In Between Art Film
Leonardo Bigazzi, Curator, Fondazione In Between Art Film

Opening hours

Nebula is open every day except Tuesdays
Opening hours: 10-18 (Last admission at 17:15)
Free entry with no reservation required

Special opening hours: April 17–21, 2024, 10-20 (Last admission at 19:15)

Guided Tours

Free guided tours curated by the collective Oltreforma are available for the public every second and fourth Saturday of the month
First guided tour: 11 Second guided tour: 15
The maximum capacity of each tour is 12 people
To book, please send an e-mail to: tour@inbetweenartfilm.com

How to get here

Complesso dell’Ospedaletto is located in Barbaria de le Tole, 6691, in the area of Castello. Open Google Maps.

The nearest waterbus stops are Rialto, San Zaccaria, and Ospedale. Find timetables and routes.

General Inquiries
nebula@inbetweenartfilm.com
+39 346 3159425

Nebula will be accompanied by a cross-disciplinary symposium

curated by

Bianca Stoppani, Editor, Fondazione In Between Art Film

organized in collaboration with
Palazzo Grassi, Pinault Collection Venezia
at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi
October 17–18, 2024.

International media inquiries

SAM TALBOT
Matthew Brown, matthew@sam-talbot.com, +44 (0) 7989 446557

Italian media inquiries

LARA FACCO P&C
Lara Facco, lara@larafacco.com, +39 349 2529989
Claudia Santrolli, claudia@larafacco.com, +39 339 7041657

Images of the Complesso dell’Ospedaletto by Giacomo Bianco

Nebula is a group exhibition curated by Alessandro Rabottini and Leonardo Bigazzi that features 8 new site-specific video installations commissioned to Giorgio Andreotta Calò (1979, Italy), Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (1983, Cyprus/1983, USA), Saodat Ismailova (1981, Uzbekistan), Cinthia Marcelle and Tiago Mata Machado (1974, Brazil/1973, Brazil), Diego Marcon (1985, Italy), Basir Mahmood (1985, Pakistan/Netherlands), Ari Benjamin Meyers (1972, USA), and Christian Nyampeta, and produced by Fondazione In Between Art Film.

Nebula, the Latin word for “cloud” or “fog,” is the second chapter of a series of exhibitions organized by the Fondazione in Venice that began with Penumbra in 2022 and explores states of vision and extra-visual perception. The Fondazione returns to the same venue, the Complesso dell’Ospedaletto, this time transforming its spaces into a sensory architecture, incorporating the Church of Santa Maria dei Derelitti, the frescoed concert room and the old pharmacy, as well as unveiling a previously unseen wing of the modern retirement home.

Nebula further deepens the narrative and spatial interaction between the newly commissioned video installations and the architecture. The artists have been invited to conceive their works in close structural, visual, and sonic dialogue with the spaces. Developed over two years, the exhibition makes explicit the methodology of the Fondazione in commissioning and producing moving images works, one that nurtures long-lasting relationships of curatorial and production support to the artists.

The exhibition concept is inspired by the phenomenon of fog as a material and metaphorical space where visual orientation is reduced, and different sensorial tools are required to produce and situate our understanding of what surrounds us. Within this framework, the works in Nebula embrace forms of psychological, socio-political, technological, and historical fragmentation, suggesting possible ways of navigation through a present crossed by forces that, like fog, feel like both immaterial and insurmountable. The works in the exhibition, in this sense, look at the possible internal and individual responses in the face of events that condition the movements of existences. Finally, by placing the dissemination of sounds and images through the space at the heart of its scenography, Nebula also proposes a reflection on the pervasive production and distribution of images, information, hopes, and fears.

The interdisciplinary studio 2050+, founded by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, has once again been invited to interpret and spatialize the curatorial concept through the exhibition design. Their interventions will stage the visual, acoustic, tactile, and mental conditions of nebulousness with synesthetic splits and junctures between the works that at times emphasize, while at others break free from, the original architecture.

Nebula will be accompanied by a cross-disciplinary public program curated by Bianca Stoppani, editor at the Fondazione, and organized in collaboration with Palazzo Grassi, Pinault Collection Venezia at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi on October 17–18, 2024. The public program will involve the artists featured in the exhibition and expand the conversations around their practices, via panels, screenings and performative contributions.

ARTISTS BIOGRAPHIES

Basel Abbas (1983, Cyprus) and Ruanne Abou-Rahme (1983, USA) currently live and work between Ramallah and New York. Solo presentations of their work have been held at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Kunstverein Hamburg; Tale of A Tub, Rotterdam; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign (IL); Protocinema at Alt Bomonti, Istanbul; ICA, Philadelphia; Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo; Jameel Art Center, Dubai; and Delfina Foundation, London. Selected group exhibitions include Sharjah Biennial (2023); Berlin Biennale (2022); The Mistake Room, Los Angeles; Seoul International Media Art Biennale (2016); Kunsthalle Wien; ICA, London; Darat al Funun, Amman; São Paulo Biennial (2014); Gwangju Biennale (2014); Istanbul Biennial (2013). They were recipients of the Open Society Foundations fellowship, New York, in 2020–21, and they were artists in residence at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, in 2023. Their current project May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (2020–) is being released in three parts with Dia Art Foundation as part of their Artist Web Projects.

Giorgio Andreotta Calò (1979, Italy) studied Sculpture at the Academy of Venice and the Weißensee Kunsthochschule in Berlin. He was an assistant to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov from 2007–11. He participated in international residency programs such as the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Villa Arson in Nice and the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York. His work has been exhibited and presented in numerous personal and group exhibitions at institutions such as Oude Kerk, Amsterdam; and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes promoted by the Italian Ministry of Culture including the PAC – Piano per l’Arte Contemporanea (2021), the Italian Council (2017), the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea (2012). He took part in the Biennale Arte 2011, and represented Italy at the Biennale Arte 2017. He lives and works in Venice where he teaches Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Saodat Ismailova (1981, Uzbekistan) is a filmmaker and artist who lives and works between Tashkent and Paris. Her works have been presented in solo exhibitions at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing; Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam; the Center for Contemporary Art Tashkent; Tromsø Kunstforening; and the Kunstsammlungen & Museen Augsburg, among others. Ismailova’s works have also been featured in group shows at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Sharjah Biennal (2023); Para Site, Hong Kong; documenta fifteen, Kassel (2022); and Biennale Arte 2022 and 2013. Works by Ismailova are in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Almaty Museum of Arts; FRAC Corsica; and Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid, among others. In 2022, she was awarded the Eye Prize for Art and Film, Amsterdam. She is the initiator of the educational program CCA Lab and the Tashkent Film Encounters; and she is the founder of the DAVRA research group, which is dedicated to studying, documenting, and disseminating Central Asian culture and knowledge.

Basir Mahmood (1985, Pakistan/Netherlands) is an artist who lives and works between Lahore and Amsterdam. His works have been widely shown in institutions and international exhibitions, including Lahore Biennale (2020); Karachi Biennale (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Berlin Biennale (2018); Contour Biennale, Mechelen (2017); Yinchuan Bienniale (2016); Sharjah Biennial (2013); and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Mahmood’s works have been acquired by the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the Centre national des arts plastiques; M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, among others. Mahmood is an academic who teaches and delivers talks at notable art institutions, and served as Curator of VideoClub x IDFA at the Stedelijk Museum in 2018.

Cinthia Marcelle (1974, Brazil) and Tiago Mata Machado (1973, Brazil) are artists and filmmakers who live and work respectively in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte. Their works have been exhibited in museums, biennials, and institutions including Gallerie d’Italia, Turin; Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago; Pinacoteca de São Paulo; MAXXI, Rome; Biennale Jogja, Yogyakarta, and Biennale de Lubumbashi (both in 2017); Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Geneva (2016); KIASMA, Helsinki; Istanbul Biennial (2013); New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Rochester Art Center; and Bienal de São Paulo (2010), among others. They worked together on a project that Marcelle presented as part of her representation of Brazil at the Biennale Arte 2017, which received a special mention.

Diego Marcon (1985, Italy) is an artist who centers his moving image practice on the investigation of cinematic archetypes, combining theoretical and structural approaches to filmmaking, with the sentimental attitudes of popular movie genres. Marcon has exhibited internationally with recent solo presentations at Kunsthalle Basel; Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan; and Museo MADRE, Naples. Recent group exhibitions include Biennale Arte 2022; Mudam, Luxembourg; Museo MACTE, Termoli; and Fondazione Prada, Milan. His films were presented in festivals such as Quinzaine des cinéastes, Cannes; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Viennale, Vienna; Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal; IndieLisboa, Lisbon; and BFI London Film Festival.

Ari Benjamin Meyers (1972, USA) is an artist who lives and works in Berlin. Trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, New York City (NY); Yale University, New Haven (CT), and The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (MD), Meyers became widely known in the context of the visual and performative arts in 2007 as musical director and conductor of the group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino (Manchester International Festival in 2007, and Art Basel in 2009). Since then, Meyers’s works have been shown internationally in institutions and festivals including Berliner Festspiele; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Festival d’Avignon; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; MAAT, Lisbon; Beaufort Triennial; V–A–C Foundation, Moscow; OGR, Turin; Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon; Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana, Venice; Liverpool Biennial; Nowy Teatr, Warsaw; Public Art Munich; Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; Sonic Somatic Festival, Florence; Biennale de Lyon; and Lenbachhaus, Munich. His performances Unless and Forecast (LX23) are currently touring throughout Europe.

Christian Nyampeta is an artist who lives and works in New York, London, the Netherlands, and Rwanda. Nyampeta is a convenor of the Nyanza Working Group of ARAC – Another Roadmap School, which participated in documenta fifteen. His recent exhibitions were presented in institutions such as Shanghai Biennale (2023); Carnegie International, Pittsburgh; Istanbul Biennal; and Manifesta 14, Pristina (all in 2022). In 2019, Nyampeta was awarded with the Art Prize Future of Europe by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, and the European Union Prize at the Bamako Encounters – African Biennial of Photography. Nyampeta was the convener of the Boda Boda Lounge 2022, a trans-African film and video art festival co-initiated by Centre d’Art Waza, Lubumbashi. Nyampeta is also a Member of Faculty at the MA Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York, where he teaches Performance. Nyampeta is a member of the Board of Directors at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and a board member of November magazine.