Hi, this is
Nicola Ricciardi

Patrick Tuttofuoco: Ambaradan

Studio Guenzani, Milano (IT)


After 5 years, Patrick Tuttofuoco returns to Milan with a solo exhibition curated by Nicola Ricciardi. To the city that has seen him grow – both personally and artistically – Tuttofuoco has dedicated this new series of works, which arise from the need to deal with the transformations of the urban context, the mutations in consumption patterns, and the permeability of the local art system. Five sculptures, loosely inspired by the facade of the “Casa degli Omenoni”, continue the artist’s research on and around the human image and its possible transformations.

The works are scattered within the gallery as well as in other spaces – both public and private – that lay outside the context of art, but that nonetheless decided to get involved in a process of negotiation and exchange. Besides hosting some of the sculptures, these spaces have loaned the artist some of their iconic objects that will be displayed in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Not ready-mades or simple appropriations, but tangible signs of a thought – that is, it is only in the predisposition to be “contaminated” that a culture can affirm itself. In the background, a soundtrack cooperatively created by Tuttofuoco and an American composer plays in loop.

The project originates from the desire to materialize a conversation between the artist and the curator that started in Milan in the summer of 2013 and continued over the following months between Berlin and New York, which was based on a shared interest in the processes and practices of transformation of cultures. Since then, many have joined this open dialogue, with contributions of a different nature; among them Claudio Guenzani, Novo Line, Ermanno Previdi, McDonald’s and – unknowingly – Alessandro Baricco.

Link to exhibition page.