curated by Samuel Leuenberger


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The artist’s oeuvre of painterly and sculptural works use as their point of departure autobiographical sources such as the lusciously ferocious high-life her father has lived or the trauma of her grandmother losing her leg to gangrene that she then exaggerates and transforms using literary, historical and pop cultural references that relate to her vision of her life as an artist living and working today in London. Athena Papadopoulos’ works are densely layered surfaces featuring imagery that are at once of a seductive and repulsive nature; they use photographic and hand drawn elements, t-shirt transfers and textile elements and other materials to create collages that are made using performative gestures such as spitting medicines and wine, scratching, splashing and staining the surface. Papadopoulos creates environments that could be home to a dream-like, hedonistic cast of characters who are celebrating being alive every second but who cannot help but relish in the larger, darker and more complex meanings of life. (SL)




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ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS was born in 1988 in Toronto and she lives and works in London. Selected recent exhibitions include: Natural Instincts, curated by Samuel Leuenberger, Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2015); Metaforms, curated by Nicholas Baume, as part of the Public Sector of Art Basel Miami Beach 2015; Rancho Rat-King-Cougar, Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2015); Zabludowicz Invites, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, London and Liverpool (2014). Her work is on view at DRAF as part of the group show Streams of Warm Impermanence (2016).

Basement Roma.
For years, Swiss artist Yves Scherer has made celebrity culture the subject of his artistic practice. But where his work used to focus on individual stardom and the obsession of the public eye with one particular being, this scope has shifted. Basement Roma
For the artist, Where is Luna? becomes the stage of a theater of the absurd, where, as an acute observer of other people’s lives, he places at the center of his research, finding a specific context, the people who dwell in it and the habits that regulate it, in a renewed orchestration of the banal daily life of a tiny pet salon. Basement Roma.
Scientists do not know how life began on Earth. As a matter of fact we cannot know for sure what happened four billion years ago. It is largely accepted that life formed in a primordial hot soup of organic chemicals and that a bacterium is the common ancestor of all life.
Nico Vascellari takes over the Roman underground spaces from February, 21 to March, 21 for a series of five evening events. The first four dates are limited to 33 participants by invitotion or booking only, while the last night will be a special event, yet to be revealed.
In the frame of Secondo Stile – the nomadic canvas-based artist-run exhibition space, conceived and founded by Paolo Chiasera in 2013 – Anagramma is a group exhibition, curated by CURA.
For La Ligne Claire, Comte introduces new meaning to Formalism, sourcing original uses for geometric and organic forms which continuously challenge the limits of abstraction.
Mythologies are dead, they have always been. But even as corpses, they’ve been used as political strategies to manipulate fiction and facts. Fictional narratives have defined culture, its historicity, its legacy. Drama. Goosebumps visible in our skin.