In Naples, a sixteenth-century cloister is animated by vibrant works and site-specific installations. The dialogue between the artists and the recovered spaces becomes a cultural but also a social message

Dynamic and colorful, with a high rate of creativity, installations site specific, but also canvases and sculptures, interact with each other and with the Renaissance structure of the Cloister of Santa Caterina a Formiello in Naples returning an unexpected wow effect.

It is the works of twenty-eight artists from all over the world that animate Interaction Napoli 2022, the first edition of an international exhibition held every two years, promoted by Made in Cloister Foundation and curated by Demetrio Paparoni, who from 12 March to 17 September 2022 lives in the evocative spaces of the sixteenth-century cloister, home of the ' cultural but also social hub that intertwines art and design, territory and  craftsmanship with a cultured and far-sighted project of urban recovery and regeneration.

In the center, the interaction and contamination

The dialogue of the artists with the spaces of the Foundation and with the territory of Porta Capuana has always been at the center of the Made in Cloister mission and Interaction Napoli 2022 becomes a new ambitious extension: in a city that has always been global like Naples, in which different languages confront each other without losing their peculiarities and coexist above any conflict, the exhibition tries to convey a precise cultural message , social and political.

The relationship with the is together

Most of the artists make the works presented interact with each other; works that start from poetics that are often distant both from a formal and a conceptual point of view. The individual works, albeit an expression of the personal work of each creative, do not therefore want to be perceived individually but in relation to the whole.

The artists involved

Laurie Anderson, Ljubodrag Andric, John Armleder, Paolo Bini, Maurizio Cattelan, Frederik De Wilde, Sergio Fermariello, Giovanni Frangi, Georg Oskar Giannakoudakis, Wang Guangyi, Peter Halley, Gottfried Helnwein, Paolo Iacchetti, Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Liu Jianhua, Iva Lulashi, Jason Martin,Rafael Megall, Marco Neri, Mimmo Paladino, Nicola Samorì, Julian Schnabel, Vibeke Slyngstad, Natee Utarit, Joana Vasconcelos, Ronald Ventura, Nicola Verlato, Serena Vestrucci.

Building together

“The exhibition proposes the concept of ' action' combined with those of   'cooperation'", of 'make' , of 'build' explains the curator Demetrio Paparoni. "The title of the exhibition in fact underlines the need to combine the 'do' with the 'build together'. Interaction Napoli has such a strong identity that it cannot be replicated in other spaces, with the same structure and offering the same perception".

Comparison, cooperation and inclusion

In reiterating the Foundation's aims, vice president Davide De Blasio also clarified that: "interaction is a natural language of the Made in Cloister project. It means confronting, talking, lowering the defenses and accepting to grow and work together. All the activities that the Foundation has been carrying out for over six years in the Porta Capuana area in the historic center of Naples aim to bring together, rather than divide, to stimulate the encounter between artists and artisans, to contaminate different artistic languages, and - always - to include the local community".

Made in Cloister projects

The Made in Cloister Foundation was born in 2012 on the initiative of Rosalba Impronta and Davide de Blasio with the restoration of the sixteenth-century cloister of the Church of Santa Caterina in Formiello, a rare example of Neapolitan Renaissance and industrial archeology, which was in a state of total abandonment.

Cultural heritage and territorial vocation

The history of the place and its position have defined the reconversion project: recovering a part of the cultural heritage of the city of Naples to allocate it to the revival of artisan traditions, renewing them with a contemporary spirit through the realization of projects with international artists and designers.

Three pillars

Made in Cloister is divided into three pillars: recovery and conversion of the artistic heritage for a development consistent with the vocation of the territory; relaunch of 'craftsmanship' through the interaction between master craftsmen and international artists and designers; urban regeneration and social impact of a cultural project.

The synergy with Edit Cult embraces an international vision

Cultural hub rooted in the territory but with an international vision declined between contemporary art, design and craft traditions, the Made in Cloister Foundation, in synergy with House of Today and Edit Napoli , participated in the third edition of the fair within the program of collaborations, exhibitions and installations Edit Cult with the project Shades of Naples by the Lebanese designer Stéphanie Moussallem, set up inside the cloister expertly recovered from 30 October 2021 to 30 January 2022.

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