alfonso artiaco
alfonso artiaco
founded in 1986

craigie horsfield, napoli conversation project
16.12.2011 - 11.02.2012

Alfonso Artiaco is pleased to announce the opening of Craigie Horsfield‘s solo exhibition, on Friday, December 16th at 7:30 p.m. The artist will be present.

Craigie Horsfield (born in Cambridge in 1949) is one of main contemporary artists in the field of social projects: his work has opened the way for significant evolution of the concepts of community and of individual and influenced many artists who, after him, have ventured into this field.

Horsfield’s works range in different media: from videos to installations, from photography to sound installations up to the performances, always in dialogue with each other and in constant reflection on the concepts of "relationship" and "slow time", themes for which Horsfield is recognized as the most influential author. For "relationship" the English artist means the idea that each individual is generated through the connection with others to create a new individual who is substantiated in every meeting and every conversation.
His social projects, installations, videos or tapestries are all linked by the constant speculation about the "relationship", both in its development and like a story.
Horsfield was also the first artist to realize large photos, as well as the first to produce tapestries following the Flemish traditional technique, which, in their formal elaboration, exist only as a radical form of contemporary art.

For the exhibition at the Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, he will present a selection of works of "Naples Conversation Project", the most recent and ambitious project that Horsfield has worked on since 2008, in collaboration with Neapolitan production team Moonbow.
During these years they realized more than one hundred portraits of Neapolitan people, linked to the city for their history or for their work, supported by videos, photos, and conversations created both in group situations and through individual portraits. A narrative of the city’s history and its inhabitants, among which we can admire two large extraordinary tapestries - The Arcyconfraternity of Santa Monica, Piazza Sant'Antonino, Sorrento. April 2010 and "At 99 Posse concert", via Gianturco, Naples. February 2010 - as well as some portraits and still lives.

Craigie Horsfield made numerous solo-exhibitions in several institutions such as the MACBA (Barcelona 2004), the Jeu de Paume (Paris 2006), Centro de Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian Modern Art (Lisbon 2006), Contemporary Art Museum in Sydney (2007), Museum of Capodimonte (2008).
He was invited and took part to two editions of Documenta Kassel (1998, 2002) in the Whitney Biennial (New York, 2004) and the next edition of the Biennale of Sydney (Sydney, 2012). His works are also in many institutional collections in Europe and in the United States (Whitney Museum in New York, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Tate Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam, the MACBA Barcelona) and in numerous private collections.
In 1996, Craigie Horsfield was mentioned for the Turner Prize.

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