From 3 February 2021

Costanza Candeloro joins the RETROFUTURE section, the collection of works by young Italian artists growing organically with time.

U (2020) by Costanza Candeloro is a glass display case with which the artist points to the sinister side of processes of conservation, namely the side connected with an obsessive desire for possession.


There is a sinister aspect to the existence of a cultural milieu, a form of alienation that originates in a simple, yet total, principle of possession imposed on bio-psychic processes by ‘dedicated infrastructures’. This procedure concerns first and foremost the methods of preservation and transmission of the resources in question (cultural): it is a specific ventilation duct that regulates the temperature of an environment, a glass partition guaranteed against breakage, a medium defended by a universally imposed and accepted convention, or simply an all too circumscribed network of frequentations. Devices that guard and inform generate an acceptable detention if applied to knowledge, a deprivation if intended with respect to the operations and ways in which living beings act in the environment.



COSTANZA CANDELORO (Bologna, 1990) lives in Italy and Switzerland, working as a writer and visual artist. Her most recent projects include: …of Angeles & Apocalypse, Derek Jarman Complex, Istituto Svizzero, Milan (2020), and Life-Edit at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2020). She has participated in group shows, including: H or the audience, FriArt, Kusthalle Fribourg (2020); 16th Rome Art Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni,Rome (2016); Erba Voglio, Wallriss, Fribourg (2015); Pocari Sweats, Truth and Consequences, Geneva (2014). She is part of the project Licit Illicit Bookshop, a mobile bookshop dedicated to Radicalism & Rarities, and is the co-founder of the project Idioletta which deals with the production and spread of experimental literature.