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Quartz Studio was founded in 2014 as a no-profit space for producing contemporary art. To borrow the words of Jonathan Monk, the artist with whom we first opened the studio, Quartz Studio is a small privately-funded exhibition/project space working with artists to help them visualize their ideas. The intention is to adopt a formula that goes beyond the existing non-profit/gallery dualism how it is traditionally understood. We give mid-career artists, particularly those born in the 1970s, a space of artistic freedom where they can involve colleagues or others in total autonomy.This place allows for the "solo" implementation of projects not possible in other settings. The space itself is part of Quartz's format, a room/display on the street, effectively a monoroom art space. The key features of the space with which the artists form a relationship are its small proportions, cement floor, vaulted ceiling, and visibility from the outside. The name suggests a wunderkammer, a "cabinet of curiosity" in which rare items were displayed, such as the mineral quartz, in which the word "art" is nestled. In 2018 Quartz Studio was supported by the Fondazione Sardi per l'Arte, a contemporary arts foundation founded and headed by Pinuccia Sardi Cagnucci. In the words of the curator Lisa Parola (Turin, 1964), it plans to pursue a program over coming years based on cultural and artistic works, understood both in relationship to their economic and innovative contexts and as generators of emerging ideas and forms. Quartz Studio's intent is to provide art and artists space and concentration.

Currently are part of the group: 

Elisa Barbero (Venaria Reale, Turin, 1992) has a polyvalent training in the field of arts. She graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin, in Communication and Enhancement of Contemporary Artistic Heritage at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin and obtained the Master of Art at the LUISS Business School in Rome. She currently collaborates with MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea of Rome, holds the column GUERRIGLIA on the web magazine ArtsLife and is a member of the executive committee of the Cultural Association Anabasi of Milan, aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art.

Veronica Barisan is an art historian and expert in communication for the cultural sphere. Graduated in Cultural Heritage at the University of Udine and in Media Menagement and Event Organization at the Catholic University of Milan, she has collaborated in various contemporary art projects as curator and press and communication officer.

Francesco Bernardelli is an independent art curator and writer. He is interested in the interzone between ephemeral procedures and time-based media, and their relation to the historical developments of visual arts.  In recent years, he has contributed to various publications,  for museum institutions like GAM, Torino; PAC, Milan; MAMbo, Bologna; Papesse, Siena; Stedelijk Museum - De Appel, Amsterdam; Mucsarnòk, Budapest, and has lectured internationally in art institutions in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Belgrade, Brussels, Budapest, Frankfurt, Geneva, Ljubljana, London, Rotterdam, Utrecht, as well in various Postgraduate Art Academies (MAR - KABK – Den Haag; Studium Generale - Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam; HEAD, Geneva; HISK, Gent; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; DAI, Enschede; Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht). Currently he teaches at NABA, Milan, and at Ligustica Academy of Fine Arts, Genoa. He has curated mixed media projects like Split Subjects (De Appel, 2005), Figures of Excess (Beursschouwburg Brussel, 2006), Video.it (Fondazione Merz, Torino, & Careof, Milan, 2009-13), Fuoricornice/Off Screen (Theatre of Castello di Rivoli, 2010). Together with Francesco Poli, he has completed an historical survey in art spatial practices in the second half of the 20th century (Mettere in scena l’arte contemporanea).

Eva Brioschi is a curator and art critic. She collaborated with the Casorati Archive of Turin, the Alvar Aalto Museum in Pino Torinese and curator of the La Gaia di Busca Collection. He cured exhibition and editorial projects, the most recent of which are the exhibition and the Moving Tales catalog (Cuneo 2016 - Mousse Publishing 2016), the Corners / In Between exhibition (Norma Mangione gallery, Turin 2017), the exhibition at the Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation (and the artist's monograph) Landon Metz (Mousse Publishing 2016), the publication created for the Hans Schabus workshop / exhibition at Carico Massimo in Livorno (2017), the exhibition and the catalog Open Work, second edition of the exhibition cycle Courtesy Emilia Romagna, within ArteFiera Bologna 2020.

Zasha Colah (Mumbai, India, 1982) is an art historian and curator. She co-founded the curatorial collaboratives and union of artists, Clark House in Bombay (2010), and Blackrice in Tuensang (2007-08). She has worked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya as the Curator of Indian Modern Art (2009-2011) and as Coordinator of Public Programs at the National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai (2004-2005). In 2016, she curated 'I love you Sugar Kane' at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Mauritius, and co-curated 'Prabhakar Pachpute. No, it wasn't the locust cloud' in the Dome Gallery of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; and the program of Clark House Bombay. Forthcoming in 2016, she will curate 'An Error in Helsinki' for Checkpoint Helsinki, and 'Body Luggage' the exhibition of the Steirischer Herbst Festival at the Kunsthaus Museum Graz, before coming to Pune to co-curate the Biennale in 2017. In 2016, her writing will appear in '20th Century Indian Art' (Skira), 'The New Curator' (Laurence King), 'The Curatorial Conundrum' (MIT Press), and 'Curating Under Pressure' (ifa, Goethe). 

Massimo Marchetti (Ferrara, 1971) is an art historian and curator. He has collaborated with the Casabianca space in Bologna and with the UnDo.net site and currently with the University of Ferrara and the Graduate School of Art History of Bologna. From 2009 to 2012 he was director of Chiara Pergola's Musée de l'OHM at the Medieval Civic Museum of Bologna. The latest projects are the "Tirarsi fuori" exhibition, curated with Lelio Aiello at the P420 gallery in Bologna, "The Franco Farina Collection" at Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Ferrara and the contributions to the volume "Contemporary art in Ferrara" (edited by Ada Patrizia Fiorillo, University of Ferrara).

 
 

Gianluigi Ricuperati (Torino, 1977) is a writer, essayist and curator. He lives in Turin. He has published two works of non-fictions 'Fucked-Up' (2006), and 'Viet Now, la memoria è vuota' (2007). A story of his happears in I'l corpo e il sangue d'Italia' an anthology of writings about contemporary Italy. He has also authored the narrative essay 'La tua vita in 30 comode rate' (Laterza) and a novel 'Il mio impero è nell'aria' (Minimum fax).

Maria Teresa Roberto has been Professor of Contemporary Art History at Accademia Albertina of Fine Arts in Turin and University of Turin since 1993. In 1997 and 1998 she has been visiting professor at Unicamp-Ifisc (State of Sao Paulo, Brasil). She has written books and articles and curated exhibitions on canonical artists of Italian modernism and on international postwar artists: Guillaume Apollinaire, Arturo Martini, Osvaldo Licini, Jean Fautrier, Wols, Luigi Spazzapan, Pinot Gallizio, Emilio Vedova, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Aldo Mondino, Jim Dine, Alighiero Boetti, Giuseppe Penone among others. She has written extensively on Flash Art (1986-1992), and curated the exhibitions of emerging artists Nuovi Arrivi (Accademia Albertina, Turin 2006-2011) and Greater Torino (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin 2010-2014). Between 2010 and 2017 she has represented Accademia Albertina in RESÒ, network of International artist residences sponsored by Fondazione CRT.

Marco Scotti is a Research Fellow at IUAV, Venice. PhD in History of Art, he has been a Research Fellow and Post-graduate researcher at CSAC, University of Parma, institution with which he still collaborates. He is a professor for the video game screen writing course at the Accademia Santa Giulia in Brescia and Contemporary art Workshop at the University of Parma. He works as a curator at CSAC University of Parma and he curated exhibitions at Fondazione Cirulli, MSU Zagreb, MAXXI Rome and Galleria Niccoli, among others. He founded, together with Elisabetta Modena, the digital museum MoRE www.moremuseeum.org, an archive dedicated to unrealized contemporary art projects. In the field of communication he collaborated with institutions such as Fondazione Modena Arti Visive, Fondazione Cirulli, CSAC Parma.

Noam Segal is an independent curator and researcher based in New York. Segal holds a Ph.D. in hermeneutics and culture studies. Her practice is focused on curating, contextualizing and producing new media and performance work. Segal collaborated with Palais De Tokyo, Paris, Performa NYC, BAM New York, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Kunst Werke, Berlin, Moco Montpellier and Castello di Rivoli, among others. Currently she is a visiting scholar at NYU Tisch department of performance studies, She is a teaches a visiting faculty at VCU; and Faculty at SVA Curatorial studies department, NYC. She is the Curator of 2020 Aurora Biennial in Dallas TX.

Nina Wöhlk is a writer and independent curator of art intersecting contemporary relations into feminisms, the queer and the more-than-human. Through collaborations her work strive to hold and facilitate a multitude of voices and positions of the marginalized, non-binary and weird within the arts, that share urgent questions and concerns of today. In this she facilitates multidisciplinary exhibitions, symposia, readings and workshops. In 2020-2022 she will be leading the research project Archiving Nordic Feminism. The research project is situated in relation to ARIEL - Feminisms in the Aesthetics; a contact zone and exhibition space for the development and dissemination of exhibitions of high artistic quality, centered on new ramifications of feminism in the aesthetic field. ARIEL is started in collaboration with the Women’s Building in Copenhagen. Nina Wöhlk is founder and co-curator of ARIEL since 2019. Nina Wöhlk is co-founder of the newly established association UKK - Curatorial Forum, that is engaged to facilitate professional and collegia gatherings and to improve the working conditions for Danish and International curators within the arts. She is an MA candidate in Cultural Communication at Copenhagen University and BA in Art History at Aarhus University.

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