Gaia Martino, Riccardo Giacconi, Chiara Nuzzi, Giuditta Vendrame, Elena Mazzi, Giacomo Zaganelli are the six winners of ON BOARD 2017, the Call promoted by the DGAAP – Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries of the MiBAC – and Turin-based GAI – Association for the Mobility of Young Italian Artists.
After evaluating 55 candidatures received by the official deadline, a Committee of experts and representatives of the organising bodies – Ilaria Bonacossa, Riccardo Cuomo and Alida Moltedo – announced the winners together with an honourable mention of the projects presented by Alessandro Braconi and Lorenzo Madaro, for their particular focus on research.
The following six projects were selected:
Gaia Martino (Castellamare di Stabia NA, 1985) was invited by Archive|Berlin, Germany to participate in a residency programme as a collaborating curator. The programme will develop in two phases, from January to April 2018: a period of research and production in Berlin at the Archive Kabinett followed by a period of implementation and presentation at Standards in Milan. The project aims to open up a space of debate between the tools offered by two languages, visual and audio, and to activate a long-term collaboration of professional exchanges for artists and curators. A collaboration with Archive Books during the latter part of her time in Berlin will allow for an opportunity to explore aspects linked to text and communication strategies.  
Riccardo Giacconi (San Severino Marche MC, 1985) was invited by FRAC Champagne-Ardenne to integrate his solo show The Variational Status in Reims, France, as part of a residency focused on developing collateral projects that activate a more open and participatory dynamic involving the territory. The Variational Status is an investigation of the statute of the document, of how narratives are crossed by different social and political content, on the connections between pre-political actions and out-dated forms of transmission. The residency, from December 2017 to March 2018, includes a workshop with students from the Sciences Po Campus, presentations of the artist’s work as part of cultural mediation programmes, the production of a new series of works aligned with the formal and theoretical research, the organisation of a multidisciplinary public programme of events, performances and lectures by international guests.
Chiara Nuzzi (Naples, 1986) will be hosted in Nice, France, as part of thankyouforcoming - ACROSS Residency. The residency programme will develop in various phases and four different periods during February-March-April 2018, ending with a curatorial proposal. What happens to people and what happens to the land is the same thing is a project that explores the role of art in the era of climatic crises. It investigates intersections with environmental commitment, political ecology and the indigenous knowledge of modernism. Subdivided into different chapters, the programme offers an introduction to the curator’s work together with a selection of Italian artists working with similar themes, two evenings of projections and lectures, a personal show and an audio installation.
Giuditta Vendrame (Maniaco PN, 1985) will participate in a residency programme at the CCA - Centre for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan, together with young artists and researchers from around the globe. During the months of January, February and March 2018, she will develop her current work together with a long-term commitment to an intersection between social projects, cultural entrepreneurship, artistic practice and the legal system. The intention is to identify a platform for dialogue and exchanges, a space in which to raise awareness among citizens that benefits also from aesthetic contributions. The programme includes talks, visits, exchanges with local residents, the production of 2D and 3D collages and video works.
Elena Mazzi (Reggio Emilia, 1984) was invited by Montesanto 3 – Quartiere Intelligente in Naples, Italy, to realise the participatory project entitled Speech Karaoke - A che serve parlà si nisciuno te dà aurienzio?. From December 2017 to March 2018, through direction observation, the gathering of material such as interviews, drawings, notes, objects and a workshop, she will study local cultural production to arrive at the development of a final work in the form of live performances, a documentary video and artist’s book. Speech Karaoke is intended as a tool of collective artistic investigation and a means for questioning contemporary reflections on collaborative practices.  
Giacomo Zaganelli (Florence, 1983) has been invited to present a solo exhibition at the Museo di Arte Contemporanea MOCA in Taipei, Taiwan. The project developed together with the Museum consists of a residency during the months of December 2017 and January and February 2018. During this time he will present an exhibition in different urban spaces, organised together with local artists and citizens, cultural institutions and universities, together with a series of educational and research activities related to the selected theme. The residency will focus on the study of relations between the city, contemporary society and the value/role of images in these contexts.

The Committee observed a notable increase in interest in the Call following its new extension to the field of artistic curation.



ON BOARD 2017 is a Call promoted by the DGAAP – Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries of the MiBAC and GAI – Association for the Mobility of Young Italian Artists. To support the national and international mobility of artists, the project awards 6 prizes for Residency programmes lasting a minimum of three months. The Call is open to contemporary visual artists, designers and curators (individuals or groups) already professionally active, and between the ages of 18 and 35. Applicants must be Italian citizens or foreigners residing in Italy for at least one year.
Prizes are to be used to support the quality of proposed projects or to cover – in whole or in part – direct costs sustained by applicants as part of Residency programmes (travel, lodging, registration fees, production costs, etc.). The Call has a single deadline for the submission of applications. Candidates should submit applications with a precise proposal, after initiating contacts (proof to be provided) with hosting organisations. Applications must contain a letter of admission/invitation/collaboration for the concrete realisation of a project and provide the dates established for the residency.
Residency programmes must last a minimum of 3 months.
They must take place between: 30 November 2017-30 April 2018.
Complete regulations can be found in the RFP Brief.
All materials requested for candidatures must be forwarded only as described in the Brief.
Candidatures must be submitted according to the following schedule:

  • Start date: Monday 28 August 2017
  • End date: Friday 22 September 2017 at 12:00 noon (CET)


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