curated by

Josseline Black and Vincenzo Estremo

Toast is an exhibition that deals with the extension of the book format. The book’s shape changes through history. It is therefore a reflection of institutional paradigms. Physical support interfaces with institutional archivation and distribution. We have passed through papyrus to pergamon to manuscript to type-set books and now have entered into the digital era. However, the majority of books are printed still and the majority of readers are still using paper books, we are in a transition period. We are questioning the shape, function, and changing impact of the book on our knowledge. We are ascertaining our relationship to information and to ourselves and the collectivity as “readers”. The agency of the reader lies in articulating a narrative. In the context of contemporary art, artist book, we are interrogating the function of books and how these books are in relationship to an audience. Is an art book an art piece or is an art book the sum of personal research or in an art book an evolving container for external inputs? All these questions deal with the transmediality of the book and the performativity of the reader.

Every book is the result of a full-spectrum process of witnessing experience becoming evidence becoming documents becoming artifacts. The construction of that process allowed and allows us to engage with traces of ourselves and the collectivity. The research behind the product which is an “art book” in this case, is the real content. Expanding the book, showing what is behind the book, and taking from the book an infinitude of references, image, items, human relationship, locations means not considering the art book just an art piece but as something else. The collaboration between the book as performer and reader as performer together making a third performance inhabiting the space in which meaning is creating, and is partially visible from the outside. Knowledge not performed will die.


Mehraneh Atashi (IR)
The Cool Couple (IT)
Sırma Doruk (TR)
Pizzemblage a Ludovica Gioscia project for Droste Effect Magazine with:
Jebila Okongwu (UK), Alessandro Roma (IT), Robert Melee (USA), Ludovica Gioscia (IT), Jesse Darling (UK), Sarah Baker (USA).
Gedske Ramløv (DK)
Toast is part of Kristallin a program held by Atelierhaus Salzamt in Linz Austria.
Mehraneh Atashi (IR) was born in 1980 in Tehran (Iran) and is currently living in Amsterdam, where she was a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten in 2013/14. She holds a BA in Photography from the University of Tehran and has been in artist residencies in Linz and Johannesburg. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at the CCA,Warsaw,Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2012), the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris (2009/2007) amongst other venues. Her videos have recently been screened at the Kunstverein Freiburg e. V. and Theater I’m Marienbad(2015) Athens Video Art Festival (2014) and at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2013). She recently received Contribution Work Proven Talent (WBT) from Mondrian fonds. (2015)

The Cool Couple is an artist duo founded in late 2012 by Niccolò Benetton and Simone Santilli. Their work focuses on the daily relationships people have with various forms of collective representations, in an attempt to highlight the friction points in contemporary imagery.The idea of photography as a collective behavior leads the artists to the use of a variety of languages, ranging from video installation to sculpture. The Cool Couple’s work has been exhibited at CCC Strozzina (Florence), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Unseen Photography Fair (Amsterdam), Circulations Festival (Centquatre, Paris), Les Rencontres des Arles and MACRO Museum in Rome. In 2014, they won the Francesco Fabbri Award for contemporary photography and were shortlisted at Kassel’s Dummy Award. In 2015 TCC won Graziadei Prize, was selected for Plat(t)form program at Fotomuseum Winterthur and shortlisted for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres des Arles festival.

The Pizzemblage is a project curated by Ludovica Gioscia for Droste Effect Magazine. The Box holds six slices, realized by six different artists. The relation among the pieces that compose it is mostly clashing – proceeding from the determined materiality of Jesse Darling’s metal slice to Alessandro Roma’s elegant and delicate one, made in fabric, for which the artist folded one of his printed-on silks in a triangular shape. While Sarah Baker’s slice is a reference to the luxury and atmospheres of her TV mini-series “Impirioso,”. Robert Melee and Jebila Okongwu work on the concept of image.

Robert Melee (USA) was born in New Jersey and he lives and works in New York, NY. His exhibitions include White Cube and Sutton Lane, London; The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; The Milwaukee Art Museum; City Hall Park, NY; P.S.1, NY; New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CT; The Sculpture Center, NY; Portugal Biennial, Lisbon; The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; The Kitchen, NY, among many others.

Alessandro Roma (IT) lives and works in Milan. His works have been shown in many solo exhibitions: Locus Amoenus (Sobering Gallery, Paris, 2014), Coburn Projects (London, 2015) Enclosure (Paradise Row Gallery, London, UK, 2013); Il sole mi costrinse ad abbandonare il giardino (Brand New Gallery, Milano, 2012); Humus (Mart Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rovereto, 2011); Sites of action (Scaramouche Gallery, New York, 2011)
Jebila Okongwu (UK/NG) was born in London, UK and lives and works in Rome, Italy. His work has been exhibited at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London; MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Rome; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples; The American Academy in Rome; Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney.

Ludovica Gioscia (IT) lives and works in London. In 2015 Gioscia has presented a site-specific installation at Darb 1718 as part of Off Biennale Cairo and another at Maraya Art Park in Sharjah. Her work has been shown at The Warhol in Pittsburgh, The Miro Foundation in Barcelona, The Flag in New York, MACRO and the American Academy in Rome.

Jesse Darling (UK) is an artist based in London. JD has recently shown at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and has forthcoming projects at MoMA Warsaw and Arcadia_Missa. Darling also teaches at the Sandberg Instituut and is an editor at The New Inquiry.

Sarah Baker (UK/USA) based in London since 2002,  received a Fine Art MA at Goldsmiths College. She’s had major shows at University of Hertfordshire Galleries, UK (2013), Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY (2012), and is currently producing a perfume at the Institute for Art and Olfaction in LA.

Gedske Ramløv (DK) develops work in a tension between direct and immersive action in nature on the elements and on space – measuring, mapping and collecting ‘information’ – and an analytical reflection on man’s being on Earth and the interweaving between the natural and the cultural. She mostly uses bidimensional ways of expressions such as photography, video, drawing, and imprints.

Sirma Doruk (TR) completed her undergraduate studies in Istanbul Bilgi University’s Photography and Video Department. Some of the group exhibitions that she participated in are; Things That Count… Things That Don’t, New York, USA (2015); Non-existing Images, Istanbul, TR (2014); Time Lights, Kleinmachnnow DE (2011). She lives and works in Istanbul.

Josseline Black (US) received a B.A in Anthropology with a specialisation in Archaeology from the University of California Los Angeles. She is a practicing and interdisciplinary curator, choreographer, and video-maker based in Austria. Her works have been performed in Europe and the U.S both live and for film. She has participated in and produced notable festivals, exhibitions, and discourses. Currently, she has the pleasure of working alongside Vincenzo Estremo (IT) on the exhibition Toast at the Atelierhaus Salzamt. Interested in the animation of both physical and non-physical scenarios, she draws strongly on theatre, specific modalities in art history, and the contemporary moment.

Vincenzo Estremo (IT) has been awarded at the festival Iceberg 2009 as young writer and he has won with a collection of short stories: Omero e altri uomini illustri, published by Pendragon. He is at the moment Ph.D. candidate at Università di Udine and Kunstuniversität Linz in the Department of Time-based Media. He is chief editor for Droste Effect Magazine and regular contributor for Arte&Critica, Juliet and Camera Austria. The exhibition Toast is the fruit of a collaboration with Josseline Black and numerous talented artists.

Date(s) - 17/02/2016 - 04/03/2016
07 - 10


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