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A project by Sarah Staton, co-curated by the School for Curatorial Studies Venice 2022 cohort
Opening: 31st August 2022, 6:00PM
Venue: A Plus A Gallery, San Marco 3073
Show Dates: 1st September – 25th September 2022
"SupaVenezia" by the London based artist Sarah Staton, opens in Venice, Italy, in September 2022. Developed in conjunction with the current cohort of the School for Curatorial Studies Venice, this city-specific iteration of Staton’s critically acclaimed exhibition series, "SupaStore," promises an exciting and fresh perspective on the practices of art consumption.
Established in 1993, the series has developed as an evolving exhibition-group show. The first edition, "SupaStore 93" was held on Charing Cross Road in London. And subsequently, has reached over two dozen international locations, including New York ("SupaStore Luxe," 1996, "SupaStore Noir," 1997), Bregenz, ("SupaStore in the Mountains," 1998, and Vienna, Austria, "SupaStore Sleep," 2014), Berlin ("SupaStore Tina," 2015, Lithuania ("SupaStore NIDA," 2020), and most recently South Korea ("SupaStore Pressure Drop," 2021). Over the course of its 29-year global tenure, the show has exhibited world-renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, and Fiona Banner.
As both a curatorial project and an artwork in its own right, "SupaStore" explores the practice of shopping as a social, communal, political, and economic activity while holding a mirror to the neo-capitalist mechanisms of today’s art market. Through her focus on multiples and editions, Staton invites the audience to reconsider ideals of exclusivity and authenticity. Via the lens of consumer culture, "SupaVenezia" provides new approaches to analyzing the evolution of an ancient city through the mechanisms of commerce and marketing.
By reading the city of Venice as a brand which operates in the larger system of global capitalism, "SupaStore" explores what the city has to offer, for whom, and for what purposes. "SupaVenezia" aims to examine how history, tradition, culture, and art transform into raw materials for the brand to process, package, and present in order to achieve its market objectives.
In empathy with this special city context, 10% of sales will be donated to We are Here Venice, a non-profit working on environmental and social issues in Venice to ensure it remains a living city. In addition to "SupaVenezia’s" contribution to We Are Here Venice, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation to the organization. https://www.weareherevenice.org/
As an official event for International Glass Week 2022, and in conjunction with the 59th Venice Biennale, "SupaVenezia" will be open to the public from September 1 - 25, hosted by A Plus A Gallery in collaboration with the 2022 summer cohort of the School for Curatorial Studies.
"SupaVenezia" features artists including AGOSTINO, Moozhan Ahmadzadegan, Francesca Anfossi, Taylor Carruthers, Nina Ceranic, Giorgia Agnese Cereda, Guendalina Cerutti, CHiNGLiSH WANG, Kate Davis and David Moore, Hannah Doucet, Saule Dyussembina, Julia Frank, Zuza Golinska, Phillipa Horan, Steph Huang, Melanie Jackson, Hetty Laycock, Jin Joo Lee, Jaspar Joseph Lester, Cosima Montavoci, Mila Morelli, Flore Mycek, Laura O Neill, Iryna Ozarinska, Minjoon Park, Cullinan Richards, Filippo Rizzonelli, Henrique Schmeil, Ioana Maria Sisea, Francesco Snote, Saule Suleimenova, Sunset Yogurt, Patricio Tejedo, Jake Tilson, Fabiano Vicentini, Klaus Weber, Maria Xilo, Camille Yvert among others.
The project is realised with the support of the Royal College of Art.
A glass of prosecco from the Le Bertole® winery, for which an artist's label has been created, will be offered on the opening day.
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About Sarah Staton
Sarah Staton is a London-based artist based and a Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Recognized and celebrated internationally, her work has been part of exhibitions at Haus Konstruktiv and Shedhalle, Zurich; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; Osan Museum of Art, South Korea; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, UK; Tate Modern, the V&A and Serpentine Gallery, London, UK. Staton’s choice of mediums include public sculpture, drawing, painting, and bookmaking. One of her most enduring projects is the "SupaStore", a peripatetic itinerant shop presenting accessible works by contemporaries, emerging and established artists. Follow @sarahstatonsupastore on Instagram.
About The School for Curatorial Studies Venice
The 2022 cohort of the summer program in curatorial practices, who have co-curated and facilited "SupaVenezia" with Sarah Staton, includes the following international art world professionals: Bates Assilbekova (KZ), Amélie Bès (CH), Taylor Carruthers (CA), Thais Domingues (BR), Lauren Fuller (US), Lianna Gonzalez (US), Ayman Kassem (LB), Jin Joo Lee (KR), Laura Matterazzo (IT), Sharon Jane Mee (AU), Lucrezia Nardi (IT), Valeriya Plekhotko (UK), Ghazala Raees (PK), Natasha Roberts (US), Patricio Tejedo (MX), and Jeffrey Wang (TW).
The school was founded in 2004 with the aim of creating an open laboratory for the expression of creativity in the field of visual arts and the professions related to contemporary art. The summer program in curatorial practices is articulated through both practical and theoretical applications towards an experimental approach, culminating in a final event organized by the participating students. The course is an ambitious and challenging project that aims to offer a vision of the complex world of contemporary art and offers a constructive contribution through the works produced by the School and its students. Learn more at www.corsocuratori.com.
About A PLUS A Gallery
A Plus A gallery has been the official venue for the Slovenian pavilion at the Venice Biennale since November 2014 and a hub for Slovenian and local artists. Since 2015, under the direction of Aurora Fonda and Sandro Pignotti, A Plus A has transformed into a space dedicated to experimenting with new exhibition formats. It aims to be a platform for contemporary art in Venice, supporting local and international artists in the production of exhibitions and projects in the city. Among its principal activities is The School for Curatorial Studies Venice, which has welcomed students from all over the world to participate in its curatorial studies and practices courses since 2004. Learn more at www.aplusa.it.
About We are here Venice
WahV is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Venice as a living city. Founded in 2015 by Jane da Mosto and Liza Fior, it operates both as a think tank and activist platform, reinforcing connections between the best available sources of information, stakeholders, and the local community.
Venice, with its specificity, its history and its cultural intricacies, represents a unique context for exploring and acting on innovative policies of resilience. WahV initiatives range from specific projects, such as research and internships, to awareness-raising campaigns providing information to the public.
preview: 31st August, 6 pm
1st - 25st September: 11 am - 6pm
closed on Sundays and Mondays
School for Curatorial Studies Venice
San Marco 3073