Zilla Leutenegger (*1968) lives and works in Switzerland. The focus of her artistic repertoire is the repeated discourse of space, the person in relation to space and the dialogue between space and light: her drawings grow out of the plain and merge with sculptures and video projections into three-dimensional installations.
Despite being foremost known for her signature drawing style made of clear, bold strokes and strong color accents, in the past years Zilla’s repertoire has been extended by the monotype as a medium. For her, drawing provides a way of creating an immediate gesture. Accordingly, her works on paper or video installations appear light-hearted and unpretentious. Only when examined closely one starts to sense the technical construction behind each piece. Zilla usually works simultaneously in her various mediums, so her drawings and video installations can often be read as single scenes or chapters of a larger whole. Her works have been exhibited internationally since 1996 and became part of the permanent collections of many art institutions in Switzerland in Europe and in the US.
Studio Ossidiana (founded 2015) is a practice based in Rotterdam working at the crossroad of architecture, visual art and design, led by Giovanni Bellotti and Alessandra Covini. Balancing research and fabrication, the practice explores innovative approaches to design and is always in search of new material expressions to translate visions into tangible spaces and objects. In 2018, SO was awarded the Dutch Prix de Rome, the most prestigious prize in the Netherlands for architects under the age of 35. The practice’s work has been published in both printed and digital media, and exhibited in collective and solo exhibitions, for example at Venice Biennale 2021, Arkdes 2021, Istanbul Architecture Biennale 2021, Chicago Architecture Biennale 2021, Istanbul Art Biennale 2019, CIVA 2019, Het Nieuwe Institute 2019, Jan Van Eyck Academie 2017 and 2020, Dutch Design Week 2016 and 2021.
Traversing and overcoming traditional patterns that appear to direct the relationship between father and daughter, Cino Zucchi and Chiara Zucchi revel in putting together their heterogeneous methods and points of view to create pieces with ambiguous boundaries between art, design, architecture, and multimedia.
Chiara (1992) is an interaction designer and multimedia artist. Her works, which explore contemporary issues such as the environmental crisis, new interpretations of ancient symbols, and the evolution of behaviours related to technology, have been exhibited at Fuorisalone in Milan, at the Tate Modern, and at the Science Museum in London.
Cino (1955), a full-time professor at the Politecnico di Milano, is the author of numerous articles and books. He has taught in many universities, including Harvard and ETSAM, and with his studio CZA has designed and implemented, among other projects, the reform of the Ex Junghans-neighbourhood in Venice, the Nuovo Portello in Milan, the Auto Museum, and the Lavazza Campus in Turin. He has participated in various editions of the Triennale and was curator of the Italian Pavilion during Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014. He is passionate about low-brow art and indie music and is occasionally asked to DJ by his students. Chiara and Cino often disagree about which compilation to listen to when travelling.
Elio Marchesini is an eclectic musician, open to many musical genres, from classical to avant-garde, from pop to non-western. He has collaborated with opera and symphonic bodies such as the Teatro alla Scala, RAI Symphony Orchestra, G. Verdi Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Maggio Musicale, and with chamber music ensembles such as Contemporartensemble, I Percussionisti della Scala, and the Naqquara percussion group. As a curator, he collaborates with art galleries and for events in Milan. With equal enthusiasm, he has devoted himself to composition and his works appear on posters of important seasons such as that of the Verdi Symphony Orchestra of Milan. He is the curator of the works by Milanese composer Davide Mosconi. For several years he has been involved in training courses and management, leading a training program demonstrating work dynamics through the didactic use of music. The performance with the Pozzi Sonori ensemble as part of the work by Cino and Chiara Zucchi for 1+1+1 came about through the Scuola Civica Pozzi di Corsico where he has been teaching for 20 years.
Federica Sala is an independent curator and design advisor. After having studied Design at the Pompidou Centre, she returned to Milan in 2008. Since then she has collaborated with Fabrica, miart, 5VIE Art + Design, Airbnb, Vogue Italia, Cassina, and others. In 2018 she curated with Patricia Urquiola the great ACastiglioni retrospective at the Milan Triennale and the exhibition on Giulio Castelli on the occasion of the ADI Design Museum’s inauguration. In 2021 she published her first book with Rizzoli International and has a regular column with the magazine Interni. Sala has curated the past two editions of 1+1+1, including Michele De Lucchi, Loris Cecchini, Pentagram & friends in 2020, and jan de vylder/inge vinck, Claudia Losi, Caretto/Spagna in 2021.
Elena Quarestani, editor and journalist in a previous life, has conceived, developed and edited magazines, encyclopaedias and limited edition works. It was only after her first exhibition in 2002 – considered a one-off event, a rite of passage for a former printing press establishment – that she decided to merge her passion for art and the building that hosted the family business.