Zoë De Luca (Conegliano, 1989) is a half Italian, half Anglo-German curator based in Milan. Her activity revolves around cross-disciplinary and archive-based researches, often focussed on feminist, ecologist and anthropocentric studies, to analyze and foster new artistic practices. She holds a BA in Art Markets’ Communication with a degree thesis in Independent Art Publishing and attended the International Curatorial Program by NODE Center for Curatorial Studies. In 2011 she founded DIORAMA editions, an independent publishing house; In 2014, together with artist Andrea Magnani, she founded Siliqoon, an art label devoted to the production and the promotion of contemporary art; In 2018 she launched PANORAMA Milano, a digital archive of studio visits with artists based in Milan. Member of Journalists’ Association’s Special Register since 2015, she wrote for several magazines and she often collaborates with other artistic and editorial projects.
Andrea Magnani (1983) lives and works in Milan. His research delves into meaning-making processes, staging the overlapping of order and generative tensions. In his meticulously constructed environments, the viewer is haunted by a distilled reality where uncanny yet familiar objects participate in a sensual balancing act. Whether being unreadable drawings, “fake readymades” or non-spectacular performances, the dialogue among every part of a work aids to evoke non-verbal feelings. Erosive ambiences, where the boundary between reality (authenticity) and representation (art) is constantly shifting. Andrea has exhibited and performed in public and private spaces, including: INTERSTATE Projects, Marsèlleria (New York), Kai Art Center (Tallinn), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, PAV, Giorgio Galotti, Archivio di Stato (Turin), T293, Fondazione Baruchello, Villa Farinacci promoted by MAXXI museum (Rome), Live Arts Week at MAMbo(Bologna), Italienska Kulturinstitutet (Stockholm), Stanford Housing (London), Can Serrat (Barcelona), Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Marsèlleria, O’, Viafarini, Crepaccio, Mars (Milan).
Marsèlleria was a cultural platform created by Mirko Rizzi for Marsèll, which ran from 2009 to 2018 at three different venues, two of which were located in Milan, and one in New York. Marsèlleria was a laboratory of sorts where limits, possibilities and intersections of artistic languages were tested. Aimed at expressions of ‘radical authenticity’, its program developed organically, according to emotional rather than institutional criteria. Siliqoon’s collaboration with Marsèlleria started in 2014 and ran until 2019 when the space closed. In those years we curated and communicated multiple events, workshops and exhibitions involving more than 100 Italian and international artists.
Pure Disclosure and 1999 are two exhibitions we curated following the first and second Siliqoon Labs, our independent residency program aimed at the production of new works in collaboration with a network of selected local makers and producers. The Labs were attended by artists: Alessandro Agudio, Daniel Keller, Timur Si-Qin, Antoine Renard, Libby Rothfeld and were made possible thanks to our collaborators: Marsèlleria, MAMbo, Confartigianato, Xing and Museo Carlo Zauli.
During Frieze NY 2017 we organised the launch event of Qway Glimmergate at Marsèlleria New York, the second issue of our digital publication devoted to understanding our times. The event included an exhibition of drawings by 15 artists and curators featured in the issue and a special edition of Trigger Parties with guests Joel Dean, Zoë De Luca, Sam Korman, Libby Rothfeld.
Trigger Parties are gatherings of artists and other personalities invited to participate with an original intervention conceived as a ‘trigger’ regarding the themes which characterise their practice. A series of monthly happenings aiming to initiate a public and cross-disciplinary discussion where the audience is invited to participate and directly exchange views with the guests. Siliqoon Agency built the TP format and curated the two year long monthly program in the Marsèll Paradise space in Milan. We also designed the advertisement pages for TP in CURA magazine and the communication image for every season, from 2016 to 2019.
Rose Bouquet “Independent art projects gather for a collective portrait” co-curated with Carolina Ongaro (Jupiter Woods) was a two day-long workshop that took place in November 2017 at Marsèlleria, Milan. During these days, independent spaces and art projects from London and Milan met and gathered for the first time to begin a conversation on the manifold aspects and meanings of running an organization within the current art world economy and political climate. A final exhibition displayed the results, we inaugurated a mapping trajectory, one marked by encounters between artistic contexts which, though geographically distant, shared missions, intentions, and an aptitude to rethink organisational structures. Participants: Almanac (IT-UK), Auto Italia (UK), Clearview (UK), Current (IT), Fanta (IT), Gasconade (IT), Idioletta (IT), Jupiter Woods (UK), Mega (IT), /77 (IT), Siliqoon (IT), Tile Project Space (IT).