4-6 November 2022
November 3rd: preview (by invitation)
Hall Red | Booth 11
On the occasion of Artissima 2022, Renata Fabbri is pleased to present the works by Matthieu Haberard (Tolouse, 1991), Sophie Ko (Tblisi, 1981) and Lulù Nuti (Rome, 1988). Conceived and curated as a triple solo show, the project includes a selection of new works that compare the sculptural language and the pictorial medium, exploring the affinities and their formal potentials.
Moving between heterogeneous languages, Matthieu Haberard’s artistic practice investigates the threshold between childhood and adulthood: that mysterious inner crossing that exists between youth – seen as a theatre of fantastic scenarios, metamorphosis, titanic enterprises and feats – and the attainment of the full psychic and physical development of the human being. It is in this limbo, ambiguous and full of potential, that Haberard’s poetics becomes concrete, poised between the naive imagination of the infant and the ironic representation of reality. Through a playful and sarcastic gaze, Haberard thus gives life to fanciful and bizarre sculptures, made by hand with simple materials such as wood or cardboard. Apparently at rest, the latter feed on the mystical and warlike imagination of the Middle Ages, recalling symbols and iconographies such as masks, swords, shields and armour characterized by bright colours and meticulously decorated. Desemantized and re-contextualized in the present time, Haberard’s sculptures remind us of the blurred boundary between play and violence, innocence and malice, childlike desire and disillusionment that inevitably looms with maturity. Comparing art to play and viceversa, the artist seems to warn the spectator against contemporary violence and daily wars – being physical, political or economical – questioning our role as spectators.
Through the use of pure pigment powders and ash derived from the burning of images of ancient masters, Sophie Ko gives life to powerful compositions, which are at the same time monumental and fragile, static in their abstraction and dynamic in their unstoppable becoming. The Temporal Geographies exemplify an artwork eternally suspended between the act of creation and that of destruction, where the image is constantly subjected to a process of change through the slow and relentless fall of the material of which it is made.
The force of gravity acting on the latter, modifies the work’s configuration creating within cracks, fractures and miniature landslides: traces that record the invisible evidence of the passing of time. Conceived though a conceptual and formal negotiation between sculpture and painting, Sophie Ko’s works stage the existing relationship between time and image: “a bond made up of weight, pressure, gravity and of the destruction of time on images, but also of formation, depth and return and rebirth with respect to the passing of time”. Metaphors of the caducity and mutability of the existence, her works recall the trajectory of life that we draw, parallel to a slow but persistent collapsing movement.
Starting from a deep relationship with the material, Lulù Nuti gives life to sculptures and installations that question the concepts of balance, precariousness and mutation. Her research looks into the feelings of responsibility and impotence that our times bring about in humans, in the perception of reality, in the transformation of our habits and our relationship with nature. Through the use of building and ductile materials – cement, plaster, iron, bronze, copper – Lulù Nuti’s works stand out for the unpredictability of these materials, which is able to generate irregular and undefined configurations. Convinced that each material has its own intelligence capable of going beyond the limits of language, the artist creates sculptural masses that aim at rebuilding a more authentic relationship with nature and the world. Delving into the material, exploring its plastic possibilities and its evocative potentials, Nuti blends her gesture with the material’s transformative process, that so “animated” maintains and lets the information it is holding emerge in this way. Evocative of geological and ancestral narrations, Nuti’s works are presented to the spectator as a reconsideration of the global earth – which the artist emptied out, divided up, tipped over, manipulated and reproduced “somewhere else” – opened up to new horizons, spaces and aesthetic and conceptual reconfigurations, to new worlds and “ways of inhabiting the world”.
Matthieu Haberard (Toulouse, 1991) lives and works in Paris. In 2013 he received a Bachelor graduation in Fine Arts from the ISDAT of Toulouse and in 2016 a Master of Fine Arts from the ENSBA of Paris, France. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kids Fight, Gianni Manhattan, Vienna (2022); Malammore, Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milan (2021) Look Mom I Am a Wolf, L’assaut de la menuiserie, Saint-Etienne, France (2021); You Better Run, Vienna Contemporary, Gianni Manhattan, Vienne (2019); Sur la route après l’insomnie, Gianni Manhattan, Vienne (2017); Insomnia Market, ENSBA, Paris (2016). His work has been featured in group exhibitions, such as: A la recherche de toujours, Palais des Beaux Arts, Paris (2020); Piégé.e.s inextricablement dans la formulation d’une émotion, Galerie Hussenot, Paris (2020); We can work it out, Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milan (2020); Quelqu’un d’autre t’aimera, Minimarket, Paris (2019); Foaf, Bwa Gallery, Warsaw (2019); Ferver Dream, Gianni Manhattan, Vienne (2019); 100%, Halle de la Villette, Paris (2019); Outside Our, Fondation Emerige, Paris; The Dance of Atoms, curated by Daiga Grantina, DOC, Paris; Beaux Amis, Wendy Gallery, Paris (2018); Nos Ombres Devant Nous, Fondation Ricard, Paris (2017); and many others.
Sophie Ko (Tbilisi, 1981) works and lives in Milan. Solo shows include: Alzarono gli occhi e avvertirono il cielo, EAST Galerie, Strasbourg, 2022; Andature II. Elisabetta di Maggio / Sophie Ko, Museo Marino Marini, Firenze, 2022; Il resto della terra, with a text by Federico Ferrari and Domenico Brancale, Galleria de’Foscherari, Bologna, 2021/2022; The Shape of Gold. 9/12. Sophie Ko, Metaxu, curated by Melania Rossi, BUILDINGBOX, Milan, 2021; Atti di resistenza, in Materie, spazi, visioni, with a text by Andrea Pinotti, BUILDING, Milan, 2020; Sophie Ko. Geografie temporali, curated by Elisabetta Barisoni and supported by Galleria De’Foscherari, Ca’Pesaro-Galleria Internazionale d’arte Moderna, Venice, 2019; Cadere, curated by Francesca Pasini, Libreria delle donne, Milan, 2018; Sporgersi nella notte (Atto secondo), Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milan, 2018; Sporgersi nella notte. Atto primo, San Martino, text by Gaspare Luigi Marcone, The OpenBox, Milan, 2018; Terra. Geografie Temporali, curated by Federico Ferrari, Galleria de’Foscherari, Bologna, 2016; Silva Imaginum, curated by Federico Ferrari, Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milan, 2015. Recent group exhibitions include: Segni elementari, multi-location exhibition, Alberobello, Bari, artistic direction of Francesco Carofigio, 2022; VISIBILIA, come rendere visibile l’invisibile, curated by Isabella Puliafito, Palazzo Ducale di Gubbio, Gubbio, 2022; Paso doble. Dialoghi sul possibile, curated by Pietro Gagliano, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz, Castelbasso, 2021; Blocks. Storie di dialoghi oltre i limiti, promoted by RISO-Museo regionale d’arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Palermo, curated by Daniela Brignone and Daniela Brignone, Albergo delle Povere, 2021; Passages / Paysages curated by Roberto Lacarbonara, Palazzo Barbò Torre Pallavicina, Bologna, 2021; Breve storia di una nuova prospettiva in pittura, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, MAC Museo d’arte contemporanea di Lissone, 2021; We can work it out, Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milan, 2020. She won the Grand Prize of Painting at the MAC of Lissone in 2016.
Lulù Nuti was born in Rome in 1988. She lives and works between Paris and Rome. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris in 2012, Lulù Nuti has exhibited in Italy and abroad in public and private institutions including Biwako Biennale (Fairy Tale, Japan, 2012); La Panacée (MFW, MO.CO., Montpellier, 2018) ; Istituto Italiano di Cultura in New Delhi (Living in the Chtulucene, India, 2019); Museo CAMUSAC (Rilevamenti 2, Cassino, 2020) and in private galleries including Galleria Alessandra Bonomo (Part 1, Rome, 2017); Galerie Italienne (La Musée, Paris, 2020) and Studio La Città (La Musée 2, Verona, 2020). In 2022 her sculpture Too much heat, nothing to eat travels around the world ( IIC New- York, USA ; IIC Seoul, Corea ; Changijang Museum of Contemporary Art, China ) with We Love Art, vision and creativity Made in Italy, a project promoted by Italian Ministry of Forein Affairs and CDP, curated by Ludovico Pratesi and Marco Bassan. Among his solo shows we highlight the site-specific exhibition Sistema, at archeological site Case Romane del Celio (Rome, 2015) and Calcare il Mondo at Galerie Chloé Salgado (Paris, 2018). In 2018 she founded the artistic duo LU.PA together with Pamela Pintus, an artistic identity that primarily operates through performance actions and site-specific works.