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 “In girum“ (A dialogue on walking)

Giorgio Andreotta Calò in conversation with Barbara Casavecchia


Ocean Space


As part of The Current III, Mediterraneans: "Thus waves come in pairs" (after Etel Adnan), led by Barbara Casavecchia, this conversation will explore the role of walking in the artist’s practice, and in particular the conception and evolution of a new site-specific project commissioned by TBA21–Academy: l’azione lacuna (2021), realized last June, in which Giorgio Andreotta Calò went on a solitary journey around the entire perimeter of the Venetian Lagoon, a distance of about 270 km.

Image: Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Laguna sud, 2007, action, Venice lagoon, photo: @timeaoravecz © the artist


The Current ebbs and flows at the heart of the collective explorations led by TBA21–Academy. With the aim of strengthening friendships between artists, scientists, activists, and policymakers, "The Current" is a pioneering initiative that cultivates transdisciplinary practices and the exchange of ideas around our relationships to and understanding of the ocean as kinship. Each cycle of the program "The Current" lasts three to five years and focuses on a specific location. The third cycle of "The Current", spanning from 2021–25, is decentralized and turns our attention on the Mediterranean, Oceania, and the Caribbean. With the working title Mediterraneans: "Thus waves come in pairs" (after Etel Adnan), the first stream of "The Current III" cycle is led by Barbara Casavecchia.


Barbara Casavecchia is a writer, independent curator, and educator based in Milan, where she teaches at the Department of Visual Cultures and Curatorial Practices of the Brera Academy since 2011. She currently holds a course in Critical Writing at NABA, Milan. Contributing editor of Frieze magazine, her articles and essays have been published in art-agenda, ArtReview, D/La Repubblica, Flash Art, Mousse, Nero, South, and Spike, amongst others, as well as in artist books and catalogues. In 2018, she curated the solo exhibition “Susan Hiller, Social Facts” at OGR, Turin. In 2020, she was a Mentor in the Ocean Fellowship Program offered by TBA21–Academy at Ocean Space in Venice. In 2021–2023, Barbara is the Leader of the third cycle of TBA21–Academy's flagship program The Current.

Giorgio Andreotta Calò

Giorgio Andreotta Calò (b. Venice 1979) is an artist who lives and works between Italy and the Netherlands. He studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In 2011 he participated in the 54th Venice Biennale directed by Bice Curiger with the work Ritorno (Return): a 1200-km journey on foot from Amsterdam to Venice. In 2012 he won the Italian Contemporary Art Prize promoted by the Museo MAXXI in Rome, and in 2013 the Premio New York granted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2017 he was one of the three artists chosen to represent Italy in the Pavilion curated by Cecilia Alemani at the 57th Venice Biennale. That same year his project Anastasis won the Italian Council grant, promoted by MiBACT. In 2019, Pirelli HangarBicocca devoted an important retrospective to the artist, titled Cittàdimilano, curated by Roberta Tenconi.


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