An esteemed jury has selected 5 artists from among 130 applicants to present their work in the exhibition. This is the second time that Guidi has endeavoured to support emerging artists, after presenting an exhibition of French photographer Laurent Segretier’s work in New York City last year. For 2017, they have broadened the selection of artists by introducing an open call and jury format.
Artworks will be projected in the former industrial space of Kühlhaus Berlin, with sculptures and sound installations placed throughout the concrete-walled venue. Italian painter Romina Bassu's works deal with the proximity between individual and collective memory, through her familiar renderings of nameless faces. Jackson Mann is a designer and maker, working primarily with wood and steel, whose work ranges from abstract installations to functional furniture. New York-based artist Jake Blake creates drip paintings that draw on a dark iconographies and make use of textured materials like snake skin in the process. JC Wang's at once somber and playful installations pose questions about time and masked everyday societal controls, while Daniele Lora's geometric and textured tapestries are instant design world classics.
This year’s jury includes: Juno Mak, Film Director, Hong Kong; Peter Sidell, owner of luxury boutique The Library, London; Uruguayan artist Rita Fischer; Italian artists Cristiano Pintaldi and Gianni Politi; fashion editor Eugene Rabkin; and Guidi owner Ruggero Guidi.
Artists: Romina Bassu, Jake Blake, Daniele Lora, Jackson Mann, Haocheng Wang