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Capovolto
Manon Wertenbroek e Shirana Shahbazi

Milano 07 02 - 17 03

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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>
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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>
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	<font size='1'>Shirana Shahbazi, <i>Raum Rot 01<i> </i></i>(left) and<i><i> <i>Raum Blau 01<i> </i></i></i></i>(right), both 2018. C-print on aluminium<br />
	Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>
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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>
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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>
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	<font size='1'>Manon Wertenbroek, <i>Amaryllis </i>(detail),<i><i> 2018. </i></i>Silkscreen varnish and paint on engraved PVC mirror foil<br />
	Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>
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	<font size='1'>Manon Wertenbroek, <i>Courtly Love<i>, </i></i>2018. Silkscreen varnish on engraved PVC mirror foil<br />
	Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>
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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>

"Capovolto", installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>

"Capovolto", installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

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	<font size='1'>Shirana Shahbazi, <i>Raum Rot 01<i> </i></i>(left) and<i><i> <i>Raum Blau 01<i> </i></i></i></i>(right), both 2018. C-print on aluminium<br />
	Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>

Shirana Shahbazi, Raum Rot 01 (left) and Raum Blau 01 (right), both 2018. C-print on aluminium
Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>

"Capovolto", installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

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	<font size='1'>'Capovolto', installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018<br>
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>

"Capovolto", installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan, 7 February - 17 March 2018
Courtesy: the artists and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

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	<font size='1'>Manon Wertenbroek, <i>Amaryllis </i>(detail),<i><i> 2018. </i></i>Silkscreen varnish and paint on engraved PVC mirror foil<br />
	Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>

Manon Wertenbroek, Amaryllis (detail), 2018. Silkscreen varnish and paint on engraved PVC mirror foil
Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

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	<font size='1'>Manon Wertenbroek, <i>Courtly Love<i>, </i></i>2018. Silkscreen varnish on engraved PVC mirror foil<br />
	Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem</font></p>

Manon Wertenbroek, Courtly Love, 2018. Silkscreen varnish on engraved PVC mirror foil
Courtesy: the artist and Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo: © Giulio Boem

L’Istituto Svizzero presenta “Capovolto”, una doppia personale delle artiste svizzere Manon Wertenbroek (Parigi) e Shirana Shahbazi (Zurigo)  

La mostra gioca con la natura allusiva del titolo, suggerito da Wertenbroek, utilizzandolo come linea guida. La percezione dello spazio è appunto capovolta, mettendo perciò in crisi i punti di riferimento all’interno dell’architettura dell’Istituto Svizzero, come lo conosciamo. Le due artiste creano un ambiente immersivo, nel quale la presenza del colore è preponderante. Sui lati opposti della galleria vivono due pitture murali di Shirana Shahbazi, mentre quattro specchi incisi di Manon Wertenbroek creano dei riflessi che, producendo un costante movimento, tendono a disorientare lo spettatore: l’aspetto dell’opera è in continuo mutamento. Entrambe le artiste investigano e giocano con le restrizioni tecniche della fotografia, cercando nuovi modi per il suo uso.  

I lavori di Wertenbroek, Courtly Love, Amaryllis, Mixed Feelings Melody e Dewdrops (tutti 2018), sono stati creati attraverso processi reiterati di incisione e di stampa parziale su uno specchio in PVC. Questi lavori, sui quali l'artista è nuovamente intervenuta con della vernice serigrafica, accentuano la consistenza e la profondità, distanziandosi dalle loro origini fotografiche. Il riflesso dello specchio ci mostra ciò che è reale e al tempo stesso decostruito, creando nuove possibilità visive.  

Insieme alle pitture murali di Shahbazi, due stampe cromogeniche sono appese al muro dello spazio: Raum Rot (2017) e Raum Blau (2017). Le immagini e le superfici colorate oscillano tra lo strato superficiale e la profondità, facendo emergere nuovi spazi concettuali.  

La mostra è collegata al programma di Pro Helvetia Promotion de la relève dans les arts visuels, attraverso il quale le due artiste hanno avuto l’opportunità di incontrarsi e collaborare. 


- Georgia Stellin


Shirana Shahbazi
Shirana Shahbazi è nata a Tehran nel 1974. Ha studiato fotografia alla Fachhochschule Dortmund in Germania e alla Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst a Zurigo. Shahbazi vive e lavora a Zurigo. Recenti personali includono: Kunsthaus Hamburg (2018), Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2017), Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurigo (2017), KINDL- Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlino (2017), Camera Austria, Graz (2016), Kunsthalle Bern (2014), New Museum, New York (2011) e Fotomuseum Winterthur (2011). I suoi lavori fanno parte delle seguenti collezioni pubbliche (selezione): Museum of Modern Art, New York, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurigo, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Tate Modern, Londra e MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, per nominarne alcune, e in molte collezioni private in tutto al mondo.

Manon Wertenbroek 
Nata a Losanna nel 1991, l’artista svizzero-olandese Manon Wertenbroek consegue il suo bachelor d’arte in fotografia nel 2014 all'ECAL (Losanna). Sin dalla sua laurea, Wertenbroek ha esposto i suoi lavori in gallerie in Olanda, Belgio, Italia, Francia, ed anche ad Art Basel, al Museo Foam ad Amsterdam e all’Istituto Svizzero a Roma. Il suo lavoro si concentra sul ritratto come simbolo e veicolo, modo per esplorare l’introspezione, l’identità, le interazioni sociali e le emozioni. Spesso costruisce installazioni utilizzando specchi incisi e materiali riflettenti dipinti, che sono uniti insieme a un’illuminazione di colori neon e infine fissati attraverso la fotografia. Il punto di forza di Wertenbroek sta nella sua abilità nel mescolare forme astratte e rappresentazionali attraverso l’utilizzo di tecniche miste per esprimere le sue emozioni e quelle degli altri. Il suo lavoro è stato mostrato in pubblicazioni in tutto il mondo ad esempio nel Guardian, Mousse, British Journal of Photography, Foam Magazine, i-D, LensCulture e molti altri. Nel gennaio del 2017, ha la sua prima personale al Coalmine, Wintherthur. Lo stesso anno è stata premiata con un Swiss Art Award dall’Ufficio federale di cultura. 



The Istituto Svizzero is pleased to present a two-person exhibition by Swiss artists Manon Wertenbroek (Paris) and Shirana Shahbazi (Zurich), “Capovolto”.  

This exhibition plays with the suggestive nature of its words with the title—suggested by Wertenbroek—Capovolto, translated as Overturned, as a guiding principle. Perception of the space is turned upside down thus destroying the points of reference within the architecture of the Istituto Svizzero as we know it. The two artists create an immersive environment: colour is present throughout, opposite sides of the gallery are flanked by two wall paintings by Shirana Shahbazi, and four engraved mirrors by Manon Wertenbroek create constant moving reflections disorienting the viewer. The works’ appearance is constantly in flux. Both artists investigate and play with photography’s technical restrictions and set new ways for its use.    

Wertenbroek’s Courtly Love, Amaryllis, Mixed Feelings Melody, and Dewdrops (all 2018), have been composed with a reiterated process of engraving and partial printing on PVC mirror. These works which have been intervened upon again with silkscreen varnish, bring forth texture and depth, thus distancing themselves from their photographic origins. The mirror’s reflection shows us both what is real what is invented creating new visual possibilities.    

Along with Shahbazi’s wall paintings, two monochromatic C-prints: Raum Rot (2017) and Raum Blau (2017) hang on the walls of the space. The images and coloured surfaces oscillate between surface and depth, catalysing the emergence of new conceptual spaces.  

This exhibition is linked to the Pro Helvetia programme Promotion de la relève dans les arts visuels, through which the two artists had the chance to meet and collaborate. 


- Georgia Stellin


Shirana Shahbazi
Shirana Shahbazi was born in 1974 in Tehran. She studied photography at the Fachhochschule Dortmund in Germany and Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zurich. Shahbazi lives and works in Zurich. Recent solo exhibitions include: Kunsthaus Hamburg (2018), Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2017), Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich (2017), KINDL- Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin (2017), Camera Austria, Graz (2016), Kunsthalle Bern (2014), New Museum, New York (2011) and Fotomuseum Winterthur (2011) among others. Her works are included in the following public collections (selection): Museum of Modern Art, New York, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Tate Modern, London, and MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León to name a few, as well as in several private collections worldwide.  

Manon Wertenbroek
Born in Lausanne in 1991, the Swiss/Dutch artist Manon Wertenbroek obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Photography in 2014 from ECAL (Lausanne University of Art and Design). Since graduating, Wertenbroek has been showing her work in gallery spaces from The Netherlands to Belgium, Italy to France, with appearances at Art Basel, Amsterdam’s Foam Museum and Rome's Swiss Institute. Her work focuses on portraiture as a symbol and vehicle to explore questions of introspection, identity, social interaction, and emotion. She often builds installations using engraved mirrors and painted reflective materials which are then combined with neon-colored lighting and finally fixed using photography. Wertenbroek's potency lies in her ability to mix both abstract and representational forms by using varied techniques to express her and other people's emotions. Her work has been featured in publications around the world including the Guardian, Mousse, British Journal of Photography, Foam Magazine, i-D, LensCulture and more. In January 2017, her first solo show opened at Coalmine in Winterthur, Switzerland. The same year she was awarded a Swiss Art Award from the country's federal office of culture.