Platea|PalazzoGaleano is pleased to invite you to PLAY, a conversation between the artist Rä di Martino and the independent curator Davide Giannella.


Platea|PalazzoGaleano presents on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at 7:00 PM, a special public conversation at Platea|PalazzoGaleano. The artist Rä di Martino, the protagonist of the exhibition Play, will engage in dialogue with the independent curator Davide Giannella.

The artwork "Play" is composed of stands, colored lights, and film, materials typically used to create light in film or photographic sets, to illuminate an actor's face, and to create the atmosphere of a story being told. In this installation, there is no narrative, but the tools that create light remain. Decontextualized, they take on a new value in relation to the Platea space and become the artwork itself.

Rä di Martino (Rome, 1975) studied at the Chelsea College of Art and the Slade School of Art in London, lived in New York from 2005 to 2010, and currently resides and works in Rome. She has exhibited in institutions such as Tate Modern in London, MoMA PS1 in New York, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, GAM and Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo in Turin, MACRO and MAXXI in Rome, Museion in Bolzano, MCA in Chicago, Hangar Bicocca and PAC in Milan. She has participated in international film festivals such as the Locarno Film Festival, VIPER Basel, Transmediale Berlin, Kasseler Dokfest, Turin Film Festival, and the Venice Film Festival, winning the SIAE Award, the Gillo Pontecorvo Award, and a special mention at the Nastri d'Argento with the film "The Show MAS Go On" (2014). Her first feature film, "Controfigura" (2017), premiered at the Venice Film Festival. In 2018/2019, she developed the project AFTERALL, supported by the Mibac – Italian Council award, presented at the Mattatoio – Palaexpo in Rome (2019) and in 2020 at the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen. In 2019, she produced a new video "L'eccezione," commissioned by the Museo Novecento in Florence, winning the first edition of the Lio Capital Award (Milan, 2020). In 2021, she developed the documentary for ARTE, "Il giardino che non c'è," on Bassani's book "Il giardino dei Finzi Contini," and the experimental documentary on the Pontedera Theater, "Fuori dai teatri." During the summer of 2022, she inaugurated a solo exhibition at Forte Belvedere in Florence and a solo exhibition dedicated to the archive of Carmelo Bene (Museo Castromediano in Lecce and Torre Matta, Otranto).

Davide Giannella (1980) is an independent curator. His research focuses mainly on possible relationships between the art system and different aspects of the contemporary cultural horizon, as well as on the translation and adaptation, in different contexts and platforms, of artistic projects and content. He has worked for public institutions such as the Triennale di Milano, the Museo Marino Marini, the PAC in Milan, and for galleries and private entities like Fiera Milano. For the Milano Film Festival, he conceived and curated verniXage from 2010 to 2014, a showcase dedicated to the liminal territory of Art Cinema, working with national and international artists and organizing and participating in various national and international panels on the subject. In 2016, he was the Guest Curator of the Milano Design Film Festival, for which he curated the Filter series, focusing on the interpretation of various scales (from micro to macro) of design and architecture through the cinematic work of various visual artists. Through these experiences, he has developed a figure that combines curatorial practice with that of an executive producer. He was the editor of the publishing house RAWRAW Edizioni for the Paper Space Collection series, a collection of unpublished exhibitions conceived with artists for paper editorial support. Since 2016, he has curated the programming of the MEGA exhibition space in Milan, working with artists such as Diego Perrone, Andrea Sala, Gianni Pettena, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Ramak Fazel, Piero Golia, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Christodoulous Panayiotou. In 2018, he curated the project and exhibition "Incompiuto. La Nascita di Uno Stile" (Alterazioni Video) during the international exhibition Manifesta 12. From 2017 to 2022, he has been a member of the artistic committee of the Triennale Teatro di Milano for the visual and performing arts. For Triennale Milano, he conceived and curated the exhibition and performance program "Parla, Ascolta, Guarda, Fai" in 2019 and 2020. He was the curator with a focus on New Media for Triennale Milano in 2021. Since 2020, he has curated the series of multimedia performances "UltraDim" for Triennale Milano. For Miart – International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and Milan Art Week, he conceived and curated the performance project "OutPut" in public space in 2022. He is a contract professor at NABA and collaborates with various sector magazines (print and web) such as Flash Art, Mousse, Icon Design, NERO/Not, Mousse, Alla Carta, Rolling Stone, Cartography.