Location One

Davide Balliano
in conversation with Jovana Stokić
June 15, 2010

Curator of Location One's Abramović Studio, Jovana Stokić, will speak with artist Davide Balliano about his performance works. The event will start with screenings of Balliano's videos. This evening is the final installment of the series of activities at the Abramović Studio at Location One. Beginning in October of 2009 the studio, curated by Jovana Stokić, has involved artists from Location One's residency program and engaged them with performance art. The Abramović Studio within Location One is dedicated to exploring long-durational performance works through open-ended forms of workshops, panels and discussions.

Through an unemotional and minimal use of different media (performance, drawing, installation, video, photography) Balliano’s artistic research allows him to delve deeply into the most hidden aspects of the human mind, revealing their fragile structures and contradictions. Balliano’s work consistently investigates dark narratives. His complex performance installation “The Heart of Your Mother for My Dogs” (2008) starts from a scenario that acts as a platform for an investigation of the biological manifestations of hell, described by the artist as revolving around three central themes: darkness, coldness and loneliness. Inspired by a past conversation with a Catholic priest and full-time exorcist at the Vatican in Rome, the artist articulates these themes as embodying the sole shared sensations amongst victims of possession. Through abstract forms and actions, Balliano's performance makes visible the dark shadows of the human soul.

Davide Balliano (b. 1983, Turin, Italy) lives and works in New York. His work has been presented internationally, including the Kitakyushu Biennial (Japan) and the Vienna Biennale (Austria), and is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). In 2008 he was awarded the Riccardo Pezza Prize. He is represented by Jarach Gallery (Venice) and collaborates with Marc de Puechredon Gallery (Basel). His first exhibition in New York was at Artist Space in 2008. He presented “whose title derives from the song "The Ballad of Blind Love" by Italian artist Fabrizio De Andre, which presents a tragic tableau vivant of unrequited love. From june 2004 to june 2005, he was the resident in Fabrica, artist's residence of Benetton group. His works and performances has been showed at The Artists Space and at PS1 Contemporary Art Center of New York, at the Watermill Center of South Hamptons, at Plymouth Art Center in Great Britain as well as in New Zeland, Japan and all over Europe. Upcoming exhibitions, performance and events: - May 14th - 16th 2010: No Soul For Sale – Tate Modern – Turbine Hall Bridge - London, UK - July 16th -September 26th 2010: 5X5CASTELLÓ - EACC -Castellon Spain


Media Contact: For further information on this exhibition or Location One, or for images or interviews, please contact Cody Montgomery at 212-334-3347 or cody@location1.org

Location One is extremely grateful to The New York State Council on the Arts.


Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.