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Gagosian Quarterly

December 17, 2014

a dumpling withsoup in it

A conversation between Davide Balula and Francesco Stocchi at Gagosian Le Bourget, Paris—held on October 25, 2014. An exploration into how an artwork affects a space and a space affects an artwork. Even putting a dumpling in your mouth can reveal a new dimension.

Davide Balula is a French artist living and working in Paris and New York. In his investigations of technological, physical, and biochemical processes, Balula often requires the participation of the viewer. His multifaceted practice involves music, performance, sculpture and painting. Balula’s work has been included in Rockaway!, MoMA PS1, Rockaway Beach, New York; Des choses en moins, des choses en plus, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; PLIAGE / FOLD,Gagosian, Paris; and Shit and Die, an exhibition produced by Artissima and organized by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini, on view at Palazzo Cavour, Turin from November 6–January 11, 2015.

Francesco Stocchi is an Italian curator living and working in Rotterdam as curator of modern and contemporary art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In addition to organizing exhibitions throughout Europe, Stocchi writes for several periodicals and is a regular contributor to Artforum. He has contributed essays to museum catalogues and monographic publications on artists including Gelitin, Cindy Sherman, Arcangelo Sassolino, and Dan Colen. In 2010 he established the magazine AGMA, which presents visual reviews of current and historical exhibitions. In 2012, Stocchi published Francesca Woodman: Photographs 1977–1981, the first in a series of visual monographs.

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