Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti

by Jessica Stella
November 2, 2021
Jessica Stella
Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti

Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti is an independent curator co-founder of CLOG Turin, we have asked her about her relationship with Turin and what it means to work in the art field in Savoy city. We also asked to recommend what to visit and where to go for leisure.

Explore the city with Lucrezia.

Turin is similar to Liverpool and Rotterdam: post-industrial cities with a high concentration of art and a vibrant cultural life, which, thanks to the many institutions and art projects (and more), never lets us drop it, a city that beckons like the sirens beckon Ulysses. 

The city’s small size allows to create compact and close-knit art system, where attention to what is happening in the urban context is always high: this makes it possible to create a link between the various institutions operating in the city, where art projects are related to and connected with all the other existing initiatives. Moreover, it is a city where it is easy and spontaneous to share ideas and projects with people who appreciate each other on a professional and human level.

Among my favorite artistic spaces, or those that are less well-known and worth knowing, I would mention Valentino Park: a public area that preserves traces and violence from Italy’s colonial past and, in this case, from the universal exhibition. In this park, thanks to Alessandra Ferrini, with the collaboration of Magda Ghebremariam Tesfau, it is possible to re-appropriate these forgotten stories through “Memory Matters“: a project by Biennale Democrazia and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. 

Alessandra Ferrini, Tra due rive straniere (2021), audio, banners. Courtesy the artist and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Photo Jemma Robin Thompson
Alessandra Ferrini, Tra due rive straniere (2021), audio, banners. Courtesy the artist and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

My culinary geography drives me away from tradition and closer to Asian fast food, so I would recommend a quick meal at Tsingtao, where they make exquisite crepes, and Pechinese express dumplings at Cucina Cinese. 

Turin is considered Italy’s elegant drawing room, with its majestic squares and regal architecture, it surprises us by offering a vibrant network of artists, curators, and professionals working in contemporary art with great critical spirit. At first glance it might seem like a motionless city, but in reality it moves fast and is always at the forefront of artistic research, while still knowing how to respect human time and relationships between people.

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