Stages of Adulthood
Exhibition from December 10th, 2021 to January 3rd, 2022
with works by Costanza Candeloro, Alessandro Di Pietro, Niccolò Gravina
curated by Luigi Alberto Cippini, Cornelia Mattiacci
supported by GR10K

Curated by Luigi Alberto Cippini and Cornelia Mattiacci, the Sitterwerk Foundation presents “Stages of Adulthood”, a group exhibition that introduces the work of three artists: Costanza Candeloro (b. 1990), Alessandro Di Pietro (b. 1987), and Niccolò Gravina (b. 1986).
The project draws inspiration from Peter Weiss’ novel “The Aesthetics of Resistance” (1975—1981), a rare account on art and culture as foundational roots to explore critical formats of friendship, self-determination, bonding and youth creative and political force. “Stages of Adulthood” opens this Friday with a workshop afternoon and an open discussion with curators and guests Arthur Fink and Andreas Selg, conceived as a moment of deeper examination of these contemporary approaches.
“When stumbling upon a text or a painting in a magazine, a museum, we would usually test it to see if it could be used in the political struggle, and we accepted it if it was openly partisan. But then again we also stumbled on things that did not reveal an immediate political impact and yet has disturbing and, we felt, important qualities.” (Peter Weiss, “The Aesthetics of Resistance”, Volume I, 1975).
New and recent works by artists Candeloro, Di Pietro, and Gravina will be showcased within the Sitterwerk Art Library and Material Archive, a space in the guise of a now (in)accessible technological Kafkaesque Castle. “Stages of Adulthood” revolves around the urgent discomfort and eternally archeological quest of actualizing artworks from the past, an unconditional reflex at “looking at art for new models of political action and social understanding”.
The exhibition is the second collaboration of the curators with the Sitterwerk Foundation. After a visit earlier in 2021 within a campaign with GR10K, the exhibition now rounds of the search for shared values and focus points, by allowing spaces to three artistic practices to autonomously explore.