Paratissima

Paratissima is an international artistic and cultural event of emergent creativity arrived at the eleventh edition. Paratissima was born in Turin (Italy) in 2005, with the aim of hosting and promoting artists and creative workers in a context dethatched from the institutional and elite art scene and giving emerging talents an opportunity to surface and grow. In few years it has become one of the National Art scene referent events.

It’s devoted to emerging artists, creative people, illustrators, photographers, fashion designers, filmmakers and designers, and estabilished artists who want to experience a dynamic environment aimed to a wise audience.

Paratissima aspires to create a collaborative vision between art, society and environment by developing the event into an itinerant kermesse and, accordingly, trying to find the best and most suitable urban environment to make it happens. Paratissima is not just an art exhibition, but it is an event which involves live music performances and special collateral events, thus creating an alternative possibility and environment to meet.

In the past edition Paratissima attracted nearly 600 artists and more than 100 live events with 82.814 visitors in 5 days. In 2014, for the second consecutive year, Paratissima appears, in the Official Annual Ranking of the “Il Giornale Dell’Arte”, as the most visited art fairy in Italy.

Paratissima will be at Coffi Festival with the exhibition “Trasmutazioni. Oltre l’uomo e la materia”, curated by Francesca Canfora, with 6 artists selected among the ones who have partecipated to the last edition. According to the central idea of celebrating the italian culture in Berlin, Paratissima has decided to show the artworks of six young sculptors, to link the contemporary artistic research to the importance of the classical italian sculpture and the italian sculptors’s know-how and competence.

Surrounded by alterations and transformations caused by physical and chemical processes, that permanently act and have an effect on the objective reality warping it, the human being should react, becoming himself the representative of a positive improvement.

The sculptures of young sculptors selected, through virtual or material metamorphosys, suggest that the switch we need should be different: ethical, social but, most of all, an inner change. Each work exhorts to thinking over and evokes a reflection about the criticalities of the modern society to be more conscious and well-aware, first step toward a possible positive shift. The artists: Daniele Accossato, Simone Benedetto, Nazareno Biondo, Nicolò Borgese, Renato Sabatino, Valeria Vaccaro.

DANIELE ACCOSSATO

Daniele Accossato was born in Turin in 1987, where he still works and lives. He studied at the Turin Accademia Albertina, where he graduated from in 2012. Classical quotations and an irreverent spirit recur in his sculpture and installations, mastery of the technique along with objects trouvés giving rise to displacing plastic compositions. His works are often accompanied by a slight disquiet, open questions, permeated by constant antitheses and contradictions, pertaining to the world they have to deal with.. In 2012 he was awarded the Toro d’Acciaio (The Steel Bull), by the artistic direction of Paratissima, a prize for the best artist of the event.

SIMONE BENEDETTO

Born in Turin in 1985, he still lives and works there. He graduated from the Turin Accademia Albertina in sculpture and plastic arts. He uses figurative art as a means to address topics which are often related to the social sphere: his works often relate to everyday life, offering a critical assessment of the present and highlighting the contradictions and issues of a modern day society. In 2013 he was selected as Best Artist at the 9th edition of Paratissima and had a personal exhibition in 2014; Simone Benedetto also won the Turin Zoom Bio-park Award and is now part of their permanent collection.

NAZARENO BIONDO

Nazareno Biondo was born in Turin in 1985, where he still works and lives. He studied at the Turin Accademia Albertina where he graduated from in 2011 with first-class honours degree. He has taken part in many national and international exhibitions and he created a war memorial a Cafasse (TO) in 2008. Daily objects come to light from the marble, material of his works. His excellent abilities allow him to reach an icy hyperrealism with whom he reveals detailed weapons, wastes and remains of the contemporary society, handing it to eternity.

NICOLO’ BORGESE

Nicolò Borgese was born in Torino in 1990, where he still works and lives. Recently he completed his bachelor’s degree with higher honours at the Turin Accademia, where he is continuing his studies. In 2014 he won the competition organized by the Turin Zoom Bio-park, thus entering in its permanent collection. From his interest in anatomy, his artist career starts, creating works in which osteology and miology are going to blend in with the modern and daily word. His sculpture is the outcome of an intense experimental research with materials and new techniques.

RENATO SABATINO

He was born in Vibo Valentia in 1977, and now he lives and works in Turin. He attended the sculpture course at the Turin Fine Arts Academy where he graduated with full marks magna cum laude. Over the years he worked both as an artist and in scenography workshops, as well as restoring 19th century frescos and working in the building of urban monuments. He has taken part in several collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad and was shortlisted as one of the 15 best artists at the Paratissima 10th edition as well as having been in several international competitions.

VALERIA VACCARO

Born in Turin in 1988, she still lives and works there. She studied at the Turin Accademia Albertina, where she graduated in sculpture. In 2012 she was selected as one of the best 15 artists at the 8th edition of Paratissima. All her artistic research revolves around the fire, agent and dynamic element that tends to purify all things , elevating them to a higher level of perfection . Combustion and the changes that it produces on the objects are the recurring theme of her work. In her sculptures, the fire is intended by the artist not only as a factor of destruction but also as a creative force , able to generate transformations and shaping the material.