Alfredo Cramerotti


  •  Q: You were co-curating two pavilions at the Venice Biennale, Wales and Maldives. How did you feel at the opening?   A: Busy! It was actually great, pushing my limits on so many levels. I have found myself attending simultaneously the party of the Wales Pavilion and the dinner of the Maldives Pavilion. And managing to engage with both. Don't ask. It's ubiquity made real.       Q: Is there anything you would have done differently if you'd had the chance to?   A: Yes, I would have had more lead-in time for the Maldives Pavilion, which was so demanding because of the very short timeframe. On the other hand, due to this pressure, the Pavilion transfers exactly this idea of 'urgency', which is at the core of the curatorial concept so it may be argued that was important to work on such tight deadline. But it was hectic.   And I would have pushed harder to find better solutions for the banners and the visibility in general, particularly of the Wales Pavilion; The exhibition is simply fantastic and the location very easy to reach (between the Giardini and the Arsenale) but the banner is too high (due to the nature of the facade) for the narrow Calle leading to it. That's Venice, you know. Having said that, to have the Pavilions facing each other, so I just needed to cross the bridge when installing, was a perfect master plan – that one, I couldn't have made a better choice.       Q: Why did you join APT and why is your role important to the artistic community?   A: I joined APT to facilitate and help the work of artists, and also to support them as much as I can throughout their life. I invite artists whom I trust, I trust their work, and I am confident they will have a major impact in the art sphere of the decades to come. It's an exciting perspective, and a rare chance to make a difference in the society one lives. So I am quite accustomed to having a long-term view on things and scenarios. If I can offer this expertise and insights to a number of artists, that makes me happy. And I can make them happy too.       Q: APT brings together some of the most talented up-and-coming artists in the art world today. Which emerging artists do you follow?   A:I follow the work of a number of artists, some of them known already, some not yet on the main circuit of biennials, museums and auction houses. Among others: Laurent Grasso, based in Paris. Marinella Senatore, based in Berlin. Diango Hernandez, based in Frankfurt. Rossella Biscotti, based in Amsterdam. Erick Beltran, based in Barcelona. Haris Epaminonda, based in Berlin. Bedwyr Williams, based in Caernarfon. David Jablonowski, based in Amsterdam. Francesco Arena, based in Cassano delle Murge. Stefano Tsivopolous, based in Amsterdam. Uriel Orlow, based in London. Shannon Ebner, based in New York. Hiwa K., based in Berlin. Julieta Aranda, based in Berlin. Anibal Lopez, based in Guatemala City. Rabih Mroure, based in Beirut. Flavio Favelli, based in Bologna. Sean Edwards, based in Abergavenny. Rosa Barba, based in Berlin. Asier Mendizabal, based in Bilbao. Rä di Martino, based in London. Broomberg & Chanarin, based in London.         Q: What do you consider to be your biggest career achievement, and why?   A:I  am very proud of my co-curation of Manifesta 8 in Spain in 2010. And of course my directorship of MOSTYN, the leading and largest contemporary art space in Wales, UK. It is a fantastic space offering a truly international program yet retaining a strong local purpose. I am also a real enthusiast of the AGM Culture “expanded” symposium that every year happens in a different location, with a different format: exhibition, performance, debate, screening series, etc. It is helping many hosting organizations to understand better what they do and how they do it, acting as a sort of “critical friend” through the work of the artists we invite.     Q: What’s the most interesting upcoming exhibition at MOSTYN?   A: The vision of MOSTYN is to open up debates about contemporary life through contemporary art. We have characterized the program by two strands: The first looks at the history of the MOSTYN building and its situation in the Victorian town of Llandudno, North Wales. With the Visual Arts Programme Curator Adam Carr, we have developed an idea for a sequence of four exhibitions based on the former use of the building and the principles on which it was founded.   (1) Women's Art Society looks at the period when MOSTYN was an important place for women to exhibit their art. Women were often denied membership of local art societies on the basis of their gender. (2) WAR I & II focuses on the use of the building during the two World Wars; as a drill hall in World War I and in World War II it was occupied by the Inland Revenue as their temporary headquarters. (3) MAIL investigates the building's expansion into the former Royal Mail Sorting Office, and (4) Wagstaff explores the use of the building as a shop / store for pianos.   The second strand is concerned with re-evaluating models and approaches of exhibition making and the understanding of classic art genres. The program will comprise solo exhibitions accompanied by related group exhibitions and vice versa. As an example, Y O U that brings together the work of five international artists (Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Aurélien Froment, Jeppe Hein, Július Koller and Rivane Neuenschwander) including pieces that directly request and require you, the viewer, and your involvement.   Dear Portrait will look at the seemingly faded relevance of portraiture, aiming to update and renew its status. All of the artworks included, by a group of international artists, will be accompanied by texts written by the people depicted in the works.   Return Journey is an exhibition that aims to enable audiences to open out their view of United Kingdom in connection with the visual arts. It asks instead, and hopes to provide an answer for; what is it to live and work in the United Kingdom, what delineates its land, and in what ways can it be used to form the basis for a work of art?   There are also a number of solo exhibitions. Among others, Keith Arnatt (Spring 2013), Franco Vaccari (Summer 2013), Nina Beier (Autumn 2013), Tom Wood (Winter 2013), and solo shows for the 'Uprisings' program of emergent artists in a dedicated gallery at the first floor: we kick off with Alek O, followed by Becca Volecker.


Alfredo Cramerotti is an internationally acclaimed writer and curator in modern and contemporary art, film, video, photography, and new media. His work includes the theory and practice of "expanded photography: the hyperimage", which investigates digital culture's impact on artistic and curatorial practices, and "aesthetic journalism," a concept he created to investigate the relationship between contemporary exhibitions and elements of interview, documentary, fiction, and reportage.

He directs MOSTYN, Wales' foremost contemporary art institute, and is Head Curator of APT Artist Pension Trust as well as the roaming curatorial agencies AGM Culture and CPS Chamber of Public Secrets. He has served as Curator for the Pavilions of Maldives, Wales and Mauritius at the 56th and 55th Venice Biennale (2013 and 2015), EXPO VIDEO in Chicago and Sequences Biennial in Reykjavik (2015), Manifesta 8 in Murcia (2010) and the Made in Video Festival in Copenhagen (2006). He has organised programmes and mounted exhibitions for various other institutions such as King’s College London Cultural Institute, Curated_by Vienna, National Archaeological Museum in Venice, and reputable universities across Europe and USA.

He is Research Scholar at the European Centre for Photography Research, University of South Wales, UK and Editor of the Critical Photography book series by Intellect Books.


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