Summer Camps 2019
“Capanne: piccoli luoghi speciali”
Monday 10 June – Friday 14 June 2019
Monday 24 June – Friday 28 June 2019
Monday 1 July – Friday 5 July 2019
A project by Alice Ronchi together with the Pirelli HangarBicocca Arts Tutors
Pirelli HangarBicocca summer camps offer children aged from 7 to 12 a unique opportunity to encounter contemporary art first hand, immersing themselves in the huge exhibition spaces and working alongside some of Italy’s most interesting young artists: in 2019 children were accompanied through an intense week of discovery and creativity by Alice Ronchi (Milan, 1989), whose art uses unconventional materials in a poetic way to create sculptures and installations, as well as performance and other forms of contemporary art.
The project entitled “Capanne: piccoli luoghi speciali” was inspired by Sheela Gowda’s “Remains” exhibition, which examined the theme of the temporary shelter as a place that is both individual and collective. Starting from the idea of Gowda’s shelter as a space of protection, Alice Ronchi and the Pirelli HangarBicocca arts tutors invited each of the children to create their own “hut” with the most diverse array of shapes, colors and materials, following their own sensitivities and fantasy. This constellation of temporary homes eventually formed a single village – a place for sharing countless stories, wishes, and dreams. Every day, the children tried out different ways of designing – using drawing, collage, painting, and photography – and building – from the choice of materials to assembly techniques and interior furnishings.
Construction, cooperation, protection and play were the keys to knowledge in this project. There are both individual moments – inside the special little places that are created – and moments of interaction and collective dialogue in a playful atmosphere of discovery.
The week’s activities also included some workshops related to the exhibition “CITTÀDIMILANO“ by Giorgio Andreotta Calò as well as some outings in Milan.
Alice Ronchi, 1989, is an artist who lives and works in Milan. She graduated in 2012 from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Milano and in 2015 from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In her works, everyday objects meet the world of inventiveness and imagination. The search for a sense of wonder is a constant theme in her work, which is inhabited by familiar and yet also enigmatic figures that emerge from her own abstract reformulations. Midway between playfulness and minimalism, her work is a perfect combination of disciplined form and simplicity of expression. Using a variety of media, ranging from sculpture to photography, through to performance and video, Ronchi questions reality with her watchful, inquisitive eyes, conveying her magical vision to us.