Irene Pittatore (1979) is an artist and journalist based in Turin (Italy).
She is co-founder of Impasse, a cultural association which operates for both defending the cultural work (R-set. Tools for cultural workers) and promoting its public and social dimension.
Her art practice investigates the complex relationship between art, gender, economics and the public sphere through photography, performance and writing. She leads workshops and art projects with a strong participatory nature for universities, museums, businesses, social services and magazines, considering art as an agent of emancipation, individuation and care.
She writes about contemporary art, feminism and gender identity, in an intersectional perspective. From 2015 to 2017 she was the Art Contributor for MW – First Gender Neutral Magazine and Playboy.
For fifteen years, she has also been carrying out projects of documentation and enhancement of heritage, archives and initiatives of public and private institutions.
In residence for The Spur / Creative Europe at the Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, for Resò at Capacete (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo – BR), in Berlin thanks to the Movin’ Up Award and Archive Books, in Turin (IT) for Viadellafucina Twinning Residency, her projects, performances, interventions have been presented / exhibited at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, A Pick Gallery, Artissima, Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Lovers Film Festival, Opera Barolo, Polo del ‘900 (Turin – IT), Aspesi (Milan – IT), Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella – IT), Museo MACRO (Rome – IT), Orizzonti Verticali Festival in the garden of the Galleria Continua in San Gimignano (Siena – IT), ArtVerona (Verona – IT), Museo di Palazzo Grimani (Venice – IT), Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona – SP), Es Baluard Museum (Palma de Mallorca – SP), Festival OVNI, Festival In&Out with the participation of Villa Arson (Nice – FR), Festival Jeu de l’Oie (MUCEM and Aix-Marseille Universitè – FR), Biennale des Jeunes Créateurs d’Europe et de la Méditerranée, 12 Bienal de la Habana OFF. She collaborates with the galleries Raffaella De Chirico Arte Contemporanea and Opere Scelte (Turin – IT).
University of Turin. Degree at DAMS. Thesis in History of Film Theory, Chromatic dramaturgy in the colour trilogy by Krzysztof Kieślowski. Marks: 110/110 with honours and rights for publication. Supervisors: Professors Chiara Simonigh, Liborio Termine, Franco Prono.
State High School Camillo Cavour of Turin. Diploma in classical studies. Marks: 60/60.
RESIDENCIES AND PRIZES
Call #RaccontoPlurale, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT.
Combat Prize. Shortlisted, graphic design section.
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano. Selected artist.
Es Baluard Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (Palma de Mallorca – SP). Artist in residency for The Spur/ Creative Europe.
Autofocus – VANNI occhiali’s Prize for the Performance, curated by Olga Gambari.
Movin’Up Prize for the mobility of young Italian artists in the world – Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali and GAI – Giovani Artisti Italiani, in cooperation with Archive Books (Berlin – GE).
Viadellafucina A.I.R. (Turin – IT), Artist in residency.
Capacete (San Paolo and Rio de Janeiro – BR). Artist in residency for the international network Resò.
Food Design 5 (Turin – IT). Selected projects with jury’s mention.
ManifestaZOOne, (Cuneo – IT). Selected projects with jury’s mention.
www.haiku.lt/en. Selected poems with jury’s mention. 2009 Vilnius European Capital of Culture.
XIII Bjcem – Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée. Interaction design project selected for the Applied Art section.
Grinzane Cavour Prize, Scrivere il Giornale competition, selected for the Cronicle section (1996) and for the Economic section (1998). Racconta la tua città competition, selected for the Prose section (1996 and 1997).
_Université de Bretagne Occidentale (Brest – FR). Chi semina vento, solo exhibition within the framework of the international conference Jardins de femmes.
_Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, bookshop area (Turin – IT). L’amavo troppo e le ho sparato, solo exhibition following the homonymous workshop, with Isabelle Demangeat and Tea Taramino.
_Villa Vallero (Rivarolo Canavese (TO) – IT). Chi semina vento, installation within the group show Seminare nuovi immaginari.
_A Pick Gallery (Turin – IT). Photographic speed date YOU AS ME / In someone else’s shoes.
_A Pick Gallery (Turin – IT). YOU AS ME / In someone else’s shoes, installation within the collective exhibition Body Frame.
_Polo del ‘900 – Palazzo San Celso (Turin – IT). Gli altri ci sono, se li sai guardare. Alleanze sociali per la cura. A project by Impasse (performance, video, photography: Irene Pittatore. Texts and interviews: Nicoletta Daldanise).
_Centro Interculturale della Città di Torino. Archives brûlantes – Histoire d’un féminicide, a workshop/ performance by Isabelle Demangeat and Irene Pittatore.
_PG Ferrero Multifunctional Centre, Moncalieri (Turin – IT). Preview of the documentary video Le cose che sai on the occasion of the International Migrant Day, in the presence of the protagonists.
_INSPE de l’Académie de Nice (Nice – FR). Archives brûlantes – Histoire d’un féminicide, workshop/performance by Isabelle Demangeat and Irene Pittatore.
_Aspesi flagship store (Milan – IT). READ DARE, reading performance by Irene Pittatore for The Library of Ever by Gianluigi Ricuperati, a books sculpture devoted to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s bibliography, with set design and furniture by Patricia Urquiola.
_Festival Orizzonti Verticali, Giardino della Galleria Continua, San Gimignano (Siena – IT). National preview of the video-installation Covid-19 isolation journal and the performance Vasca a remi. A project presented by Galleria Raffaella De Chirico Arte Contemporanea, curated by Lisa Parola. With the support of Giardino Chiuso/Orizzonti Verticali, Fondazione Fabbrica Europa.
_Presentation of the publication project Who’s Art For? #2 New organisational models against cultural precariat, part of R-set / Tools for cultural workers, the study programme of the association Impasse on the material conditions of cultural work. With Nicoletta Daldanise.
_Festival Jeu de l’Oie, Mucem and Aix-Marseille Universitè (Marseille – FR). An online exhibition and a video-synthesis of 20 hours of conversations and artworks by 8 artists and scholars. French preview of Covid-19 isolation journal and From a distance (isolation portraits).
_A Pick Gallery. Oltre – Rileggere l’arte attraverso il Coronavirus, online collective exhibition curated by Sara Liuzzi.
_ArtLab (Matera – IT) and CCW – Cultural Welfare Center. Covid-19 isolation journal and homeless heroines – video intervention.
_Macro Museum (Rome – IT). Homeless Heroines, a preview curated by Lisa Parola.
_SAC (Livorno – IT). Combat Prize exhibition.
_Palazzo Barolo (Turin – IT). The sense of beauty, solo show dedicated to the results of the workshops Self awareness through photography, with a presentation at CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia.
_MACA (Alicante – SP). Ciutat de vacances, public presentation.
_Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, Piazza Bottesini (Turin – IT). Wire Connection (6×3 m).
_Librairie Vigna LGBT et Féminisme with the participation of Villa Arson (Nice – FR). You as me, solo show.
_InGenio Arte Contemporanea (Turin – IT). You as me, open studio, curated by Lisa Parola.
_Es Baluard Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (Palma de Mallorca – SP). Operators in the tourism sector, open studio.
_Artissima, Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente (Turin – IT), curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini, Torino senza Schemi, a video storytelling realized for Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte.
_Lovers Film Festival – LGBTQI Visions. Irregular section, Artissima (Turin – IT). Performance Habitus.
_Es Baluard Modern and Contemporary Art (Palma de Mallorca – SP) and Palazzo Grimani (Venice – IT). Ciutat de vacances, collective exhibition curated by Nakane Aramburu and Pedro Medina.
_Finaza&Futuro, Deutsche Bank (Milan – IT). Paesaggio futuro, collective exhibition.
_Metro stations, metro trains and autobus of the public transport in Turin, Public Anagrams.
_Palazzo Barolo (Turin – IT) and StudioDiceci City Gallery (Vercelli – IT). This is me, solo show dedicated to the results of the workshops Self awareness through photography.
_Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin – IT), Progetto Fondazione Scarpe Rosse, collective exhibition organized to raise funds for the protection of women victims of abuse.
_Opere Scelte Gallery (Turin – IT). Eros Absconditus, solo show. In cooperation with Playboy Italia.
_III European Geographies of Sexualities Conference (Rome – IT). Eros absconditus, presentation.
_Festival Architettura in Città (Turin – IT). Presentation of the ongoing artist’s book A BOOK TO/BE.
_12 Bienal de La Habana, barrio Pogolotti. Parada Pogolotti, community-based art project, workshops/ presentation.
_The Others Art Fair (Turin – IT). Performance Ultime stanze (vanitas artificis), Autofocus Prize.
_Festival Architettura in Città (Turin – IT). The Regenerators, solo show curated by Nicoletta Daldanise.
_Studiodieci Citygallery (Vercelli – IT). Ultime Stanze, solo show curated by Roberto Mastroianni.
_Fusion Art Gallery (Turin – IT). Il corpo solitario. Autoscatti nella fotografia contemporanea, curated by Giorgio Bonomi. Collective exhibition.
_ZooArt (Giardini Fresia, Cuneo – IT). Collective exhibition curated by Michela Sacchetto.
_Fusion Art Gallery (Turin – IT). Mostra personale, In principio era il verso, curated by Roberto Mastroianni.
_Castel dell’Ovo (Napoli – IT) and Palazzo Ducale (Genova – IT). Collective exhibition Living in Lift curated by Roberto Mastroianni and Walter Vallini.
_Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, ARTInRETI (Biella – IT). Collective exhibition, The Regenerators – Guidelines for methods and practices, manifesto.
_Palazzo dell’Arsenale (Turin – IT). Coazioni, solo show for XX Giornata FAI di primavera. Curated by Lisa Parola.
_Food Design 5, Eataly (Tokyo – JAP). Collective exhibition. Sweet Piercing, with F. Macrì e L. D’Aprile.
_Food Design 5, Vinitaly (Verona – IT). Collective exhibition. Prêt-à-déguster, with F. Macrì e L. D’Aprile.
_Proposte XXII, Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti (Turin – IT). Collective exhibition curated by a.titolo.
_Food Design 5, Eataly (Turin – IT). Collective exhibition. Prêt-à-déguster and Sweet Piercing, with F. Macrì e L. D’Aprile.
_XIII Biennale dei Giovani Artisti d’Europa e del Mediterraneo, Fiera del Levante (Bari – IT). Geografia del cambiamento, with F. Macrì.
A BOOK TO/BE. A DIY user manual for art practices in urban regeneration$ (Archive Books) – Ongoing project
WHO’S ART FOR? Art workers against exploitation (Postmedia Books, 2019)
SOUVENIRS DE VOYAGES. Cose che cambiano (Araba Fenice, 2019)
THE SENSE OF BEAUTY. Consapevolezza di sè attraverso la fotografia (Prinp Editoria d’Arte 2.0, 2018)
THIS IS ME / QUEST* SONO IO. Sulle tracce dei laboratori Consapevolezza di sé attraverso la fotografia (Prinp Editoria d’Arte 2.0, 2017)