UNA LINEA STORTA TESA | Fellows Exhibition

Villa Medici Fellow’s annual exhibition
Curator: Saverio Verini

Exhibition from 10 June to 6 August 2023
Performance, talks, concerts programming on 10 June 2023

With the fellows:
Samir Amarouch, Mounir Ayache, Yasmina Benabderrahmane, Hortense de Corneillan, Lorraine de Sagazan, Dorothée Dupuis, François Durif, Sivan Eldar, Marion Grébert, Bocar Niang, Lasseindra Ninja, Liv Schulman, Anna Solal, Sarah Vanuxem, Ariane Varela Braga, Laura Vazquez

With the participation of:
Begoña Zubero Apodaca, Maria Grazia D’Amelio, Séverine Ballon, Steve City, Sandro Compagnon, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Azzurra Fiume, Bianca Friscelli, Perry Gits, Kyara, Lorenzo Di Marzo, Geoffroy Mathieu, Lana Milan, Augustin Muller, Flavio Musillo, Maxime Hortense Pascal, Martin Planchaud, Virgile Pellerin, Amandine Pudlo, Rémy Reber, Peter Sellars, Jean-Étienne Sotty, Davide Stanzione, Studio T&D, Tom & Delhia, Rajna Swaminathan, Benjamin Tholozan, Pauline Von Aesch, Spanish Academy in Rome

The title of the exhibition Una linea storta tesa is intended to evoke the path of the residency: a trajectory that includes fixed points and rethinks, a thread that is constantly alive, tense, agitated. During the time spent in residence, the fellows’ research takes unexpected paths, proceeding through detours, encounters, unexpected events and surprises that testify to the vitality of this experience. The exhibition, therefore, does not take the form of a simple restitution of the research projects presented at the beginning of the residency, but becomes an opportunity to show the path taken by the fellows during their stay in Rome; not a point of arrival, but a momentary passage, experienced amidst oscillations and surprising discoveries. The title suggests a paradoxical image, difficult to visualise, that renders the contradictions of the residency, while also attempting to reflect the complexity of the proposals that animate the exhibition itinerary.

A constellation of interventions that, among art installations, performances, literature, historical research, video, photography and music, highlights the different directions taken by the group of fellows: from the interest in the landscape and its transformations to feminist perspectives, from the affective and historical potential of objects to the relationship with Rome and the spaces of Villa Medici, which often serve as a backdrop to the fellows’ creations. These are some of the themes that emerge from the various proposals in the exhibition, presented according to a rhythm that highlights affinities and divergences between the interventions.

Throughout the exhibition, performances and activations of works will be proposed by the residents of Villa Medici in the exhibition rooms: readings, happenings, performances.

Saturday, June 10: Performance programming

On Saturday 10 June from 4pm to 9pm, Villa Medici will be the setting for a rich programme of readings, lectures, performances and concerts, which further emphasise the multidisciplinary nature of the fellows’ proposals.
Performances are subject to availability.


Tuesday, June 20: Sivan Eldar’s residency restitution

On Tuesday 20 June at 6pm, fellow Sivan Eldar will be holding a public presentation and discussion of her residency work in the Michel Piccoli screening room at Villa Medici.

Sivan Eldar, accompanied by vocalist and improviser Ganavya Doraiswamy, director Peter Sellars, Mrudangam artist Rajna Swaminthan, cellist Séverine Ballon and computer music producer Augustin Muller, will be giving a preview of her opera in development, Nine Jewelled Deer.

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The exhibition is accompanied by a publication that brings together unpublished contributions from authors who question, narrate and put into perspective the work of the fellows in a fruitful dialogue around their artistic practices.

The authors associated with the publication:
Dolores Bakela, Gorge Bataille (Elodie Petit), François Bon, Vittoria Bonifati, Fatma Cheffi, Sonia D’alto, Giulia Fiocca, Géraldine Gourbe, Joan Grandjean, Nicolas Mathieu, Gaëlle Obiégly, Francesca Pietropaolo, Jean-Luc Plouviet, Alix Prada, Lorenzo Romito, Simon(e) van Sarloos. 

The Villa Medici fellows, 2022-2023

Saverio Verini, curator of the exhibition Una linea storta tesa

Saverio Verini is the curator of the Nuit Blanche 2021 and 2022 and the Residents’ Exhibition 2022 and 2023.

A curator of contemporary art exhibitions and events, Saverio Verini has collaborated with numerous institutions such as the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, the Italian Institute of Culture in Paris, the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, MACRO, the American Academy in Rome, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the ArtVerona fair, the Fondazione Memmo in Rome.

Since april 2023, he is Director of the municipal museums of Spoleto (Italy). A contributor to Artribune magazine, he is also the author of several critical texts, including the monograph Roberto Fassone. Quasi tutti i racconti (PostmediaBooks, 2018) and the essay La stagione fatata (Castelvecchi, 2022) on the relationship between childhood and contemporary art in Italy.

The scenography of the exhibition (furniture design) was created by Luca Galofaro (LGSMA).

Practical information

Opening time of the exhibition:
Monday to Sunday (closed on Tuesdays) between 10am and 7pm (last entry at 6.30pm) 

Full price: 10€ / Reduced price: 8€
TRIBU card holders: 2€ /
Free for SOLO or DUO card holders

The exhibition ticket also gives access to the Festival des Cabanes of Villa Medici.

From June 17th to July 2nd, every Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 7 pm, a mediation programme of the exhibition is organised in English in collaboration with the students of NABA (Rome).
From July 8th to July 22nd, the same programme will be organised every Saturday.
Booking for commented visits in English

The French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici would like to thank the patrons and partners who support its artistic programme and in particular this exhibition:


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Cover picture: François Durif, Palais de Confettis, from a photo by Daniele Molajoli
Body and publication pictures & Saverio Verini’s portrait: © Daniele Molajoli