Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI |
Lara Almarcegui, Elena Bellantoni, Francesca Grilli

Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI | Lara Almarcegui, Elena Bellantoni, Francesca Grilli
Curated by Paola Tognon

Opening: Saturday, May 25, 2024
From: May 26 - June 30, 2024
Location: Monastero del Carmine, Via Colleoni 21, Bergamo, Italia
Opening Hours: Friday 7-10 pm | Saturday 4-8 pm | Sunday 10 am - 1 pm / 3 pm - 7 pm
Admission Free donation


“Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI | Lara Almarcegui, Elena Bellantoni, Francesca Grilli” Monastero del Carmine, Bergamo. Ph Mario Albergati, Contemporary Locus

VOCI PROGRAM May 25th and 26th (Saturday and Sunday)
OPENING: Sunday, May 25, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free entry

RECORD performance by Francesca Grilli
Part of the VOCI project, Italian premiere with 4 performances
Saturday, May 25th: First performance 6:30 PM - 7 PM | Second performance 8:30 PM - 9 PM
Sunday, May 26th: First performance 5:30 PM - 6 PM | Second performance 8 PM - 8:30 PM
Paid admission and reservation required, Chiostro del Monastero del Carmine

TALK with the artists Lara Almarcegui, Elena Bellantoni, Francesca Grilli of the project Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI |
Sunday, May 26th, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free entry, Monastero del Carmine

PARTICIPATE in the VOCI project
-       as performer, singer, author in performance RECORD by Francesca Grilli
-       as a Volunteer for welcoming and mediation during the projectil progetto

The ONLUS/association Contemporary Locus, together with Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo and HG80 impresa sociale, presents to the public the exhibition Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI | Lara Almarcegui, Elena Bellantoni, Francesca Grilli, which will occupy the spaces of Monastero del Carmine in Bergamo during May and June 2024. The project revolves around the voices of female artists composing a chorality through video installations, photographs, sculptures, conceptual actions, and performances, opening up the spaces of Monastero del Carmine to echoes and resonances reflecting emotions and provocations. These are female voices that, amidst lights, colors, sounds, and actions, interpret the present with readings directed towards the future. The project Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI | Lara Almarcegui, Elena Bellantoni, Francesca Grilli engages the community with workshops, moments of encounter and conversation with the artists, practices, and actions aimed at inclusion, as well as welcoming and sharing activities for both children and adults.

Ph. Mario Albergati

About the artists of Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI |

Lara Almarcegui (Spain, 1972, based in Rotterdam) has built her artistic practice exploring the material aspects of land and urban space. For over twenty years, she has worked in various geographies and cities, identifying abandoned, hide, or forgotten sites, examining contemporary transformation processes driven by social, political, and economic changes. In recent years, Almarcegui has focused her attention on construction processes and construction sites, particularly on composite materials used in the construction of new buildings and the relationship between architecture and territory, starting from an analysis of its exploitation. Lara Almarcegui has participated in exhibitions and projects in important institutions, has been invited to numerous international biennials, and represented Spain at the 55th Biennale di Venezia.

Lara Almarcegui - mor charpentier | Lara Almarcegui - Ellen de Bruijne Projects | Lara Almarcegui - Parra & Romero

Elena Bellantoni (Italy, 1975, based in Rome), graduated in Art History, continued her studies in Paris and London, where she obtained an MA in Visual Arts from the London University of Arts. She is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts L'Aquila and at NABA in Roma. Her research focuses on the concepts of identity and otherness, using the body as a means of interaction. In 2023, she inaugurated the Dior SS 2024 fashion show with the video project NOT HER, transforming the Tuileries Gardens in Paris into an immersive installation. In 2018, with the project On the Breadline, she won the IV edition of the Italian Council, and in 2019, with a focus on her work, she presented the book at MAXXI in Rome. In 2018, Ho annegato il mare  was selected in the Collaterals of Manifesta12 in Palermo. Among the awards: 2021 ArtTeam Cup, 2018 Nctm Award and Legal Art Studio. Among the exhibitions: Il video rende felici curated by Valentina Valentini, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma; 2022, You got to burn to shine curated by Teresa Macrì, La Galleria Nazionale Roma 2019. Bellantoni's work is present in public and private collections: the Farnesina Collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Central Institute for Graphics, Filiberto Menna Foundation, and Pietro ed Alberto Rossini Foundation Collection. Her video works are included in the Italian Area Contemporary Archive curated by Viafarini in Milan. Among the monographs: Parole passegere: La pratica artistica come semantica dell’esistenza, Castelvecchi 2023; Elena Bellantoni, On the breadline Qodlibet 2019; Elena Bellantoni Una partita invisibile con il pubblico, Postmedia Books, 2018.

Elena Bellantoni | On the Breadline

Francesca Grilli (Italia, 1978, vive e lavora a Bruxelles) è un’artista visiva che utilizza un linguaggio multidisciplinare incentrato sulle pratiche performative, installazioni e video con progetti pluriennali. Gran parte delle sue opere indagano, spesso attraverso il suono e in particolare la voce, l’ambito del tempo e delle generazioni da diverse prospettive, ciascuna delle quali si avvicina al senso profondo, poetico e politico della vita. In questa dimensione l’osservazione dell’altro da sé e dei rapporti tra diverse generazioni si connettono a tematiche sociali che emergono attraverso il canto corale, la composizione articolata delle voci e la presenza fisica dei performer, a loro volta testimoni e autori di una ricerca condivisa. Progetti e opere di Francesca Grilli sono state esposte in numerose sedi internazionali come Palais De Tokyo, Parigi; Serralves Foundation, Porto; Netwerk, Aalst; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; MAXXI, Roma; MADRE, Napoli; Mambo, Bologna; Serpentine Gallery, Londra. È artista invitata nel Padiglione Italia alla 55ª Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Biennale di Venezia e a Manifesta7, Bolzano.

Francesca Grilli



“Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI | Lara Almarcegui, Elena Bellantoni, Francesca Grilli” Monastero del Carmine, Bergamo. Ph Mario Albergati, Contemporary Locus

Contemporary Locus 16 | VOCI | is a project by Contemporary Locus WITH and IN

Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo - Accademia delle Forme Sceniche, founded in 1973 by Renzo Vescovi and a group of young actors following the model of the theater-laboratories of the second half of the European '900 and of group theaters, whose work takes place on a level of overall interaction of its members according to the customs of Renaissance art workshops. Its two names reflect the two faces of TTB: On one hand, the performances and commitment in the Bergamo area, on the other hand, pedagogy and rigorous research on the multiple techniques of the art of acting. In 2023, it celebrated 50 years of activity summarized as follows: it has created 32 original performances participating in the most important national and international festivals in 45 countries on 4 continents; it has produced around eighty shows by or with other formations; it has promoted the presence in Italy of over 250 groups and artists from 40 countries. In 2018, it signed with the Municipality of Bergamo the first Special Public-Private Partnership in Italy for the recovery and enhancement in cultural terms of the Monastero del Carmine in Bergamo, the group's headquarters.

Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo | YouTube  | Facebook | Instagram

HG80 social enterprise was founded in 2011 as a production cooperative and in 2018 became a social cooperative. Today it consists of 10 members aged between 27 and 45. Culture for the social and social for culture is HG80's vision. It deals with project management in the cultural and social fields, managing participatory processes specially targeting young people, social communication, and organizing events and cultural events. Since 2011, HG80 has been working in the Youth Policies of the Municipality of Bergamo, developing projects for cultural participation and social integration of NEET youth in cooperation with other partners and for quality cultural practices, active citizenship, and youth volunteering. It has conducted over 50 expressive workshops with artistic and active participation languages in the field of youth aggregation. Since 2021, HG80 has been included in the "Pact for Reading," a network of subjects aimed at creating cultural paths in the city's libraries.

HG80 impresa sociale | Facebook

Acciaio e Cotone, promoted by Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo in collaboration with the Contemporary Locus association and HG80 social enterprise, is the name of the biennial project dedicated to Monastero del Carmine, aimed at its cultural regeneration. The project consists of targeted interventions aimed at both its physical site (adaptations, constructions, and experimental setups) and its social site (networks and connections to be created or strengthened, participatory projects). Acciaio e Cotone is one of the eleven projects selected within the "Spaces in Transformation" initiative, the first Italian call for the temporary reuse of abandoned or underutilized spaces, strongly supported by Fondazione Cariplo.

Acciaio e Cotone – Eventi

#TuoCarmine is the name of the requalification project for Monastero del Carmine (Bergamo, Città Alta), born in 2018 from the idea of Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo and the Municipality of Bergamo, with the consultancy of Fondazione Fitzcarraldo. The project applies, for the first time in Italy, what is contained in Legislative Decree (150/2016, paragraph 3) regarding the Special Public-Private Partnership (PSPP), through which cultural realities, communities, and administrations come together to safeguard a common good. #TuoCarmine envisages the cultural requalification, for functional lots, of the Monastero del Carmine. The spaces already recovered and those in the process of recovery represent for Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo the opportunity to transform an environment and open it to the hosting of new cultural activities and experiments.

#tuoCarmine – Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo

Paola Tognon
Direttrice artistica, Presidente

Laura Santini
Coordinamento attività / curatrice, coordinamento e supervisione attività

Marco Boldrini
Segreteria e assistenza

Sara Pesenti
Responsabile Accoglienza

Elena Benicchio
Responsabile servizi educativi

Maddalena Bonicelli
Responsabile Ufficio Stampa

Fabio Spaterna
Ufficio Stampa territorio