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Renata De Bonis

DAMA art fair 2018

Turin, IT



Prize: best proposal : A.R.M. DAMA Prize 2018


This year Renata de Bonis, Renata de Bonis, represented by Giorgio Galotti is the winner of A.R.M. DAMA Prize with the following motivations by the founder of the magazine Catarina Vaz:

"The artist’s work marks the entrance of the 3rd edition of the event. Strong statements ‘AFETO’ and ‘CALMA’ (affection and calm) prepare us to a very humanist approach to art, which dominates the entire show.  Renata de Bonis transforms the collaboration between her gallerist and the curator Domenico de Chirico, into a tactile and audible work of art by choosing to display the audio transcriptions of all the emails exchanged between each other since the beginning of their collaboration. Additionally, with the work Defenestration an invited performer cathartically shouts chosen names through a window.  In a moment of so much needed honesty and transparency in the art world and among all art professionals (which are above all humans) Renata de Bonis brings to light the importance of being heard and to take the time to listen.


Calma / Afeto, 2018, cyanotype on cotton 410x100 cm

The cyanotype flags ‘Calma’ e ‘Afeto’ (Calm and Affection) were installed at the entrance of the Art fair DAMA, in Turin Italy. At a first look, the visitors felt a heart-warming message entering the Palazzo, in the middle of the frenesi of Turin’s Art week, but the words Calma e Afeto referred to an e-mail the artist received from her first gallerist, ten years ago, who had for years sold her works from a higher price than she would tell the artist. When confronted by the artist, the gallerist used these two words, “Let’s solve this with calm and affection”.
The work intends to give attention to the vulnerability of the artist within the art market.


Contract – A Conversation Piece, 2018

Two coats belonging to the gallerist Giorgio Galotti and the artist Renata De Bonis, two wireless speakers playing two audio tracks of their entire e-mail exchange until the day of the opening of the exhibition, read and recorded by two actors.


A Stone Inside A Seed, 2018
Bag, laptop, pencils and pens of the curator of the show ( Domenico De Chirico), avocado seeds 


'A Stone inside a seed' sculpturally juxtaposes pens, pencils, and a laptop previously utilized by the curator of the project, Domenico De Chirico in his practice as a curator and editor with avocados seeds scattered on the floor of the Vestibolo room on Palazzo Saluzzo. The provenience of such objects indicates the potential of validation that is present in the act of writing, editing, programming, and narrating, pointing towards the context of DAMA and the specificity of curation, but also amplifying the scope of such action towards other realms, finally tracing it back to the fabrication of history through writing from a “central” point. The avocado seed is natural-sculptural potentiality in itself, the potentiality of all in the most traditional sense: it is form, it is shape, and it is volume… it is future projection. The avocados themselves make reference to the fact that the Spanish Conquistadors utilized avocado seeds (popularly known as stones) to produce a blood-red liquid used as ink in official colonial documents (documents that still preserve their information after centuries).

Finally, the work 'A Stone Inside A Seed'' is a sculptural contemplation on the power behind written language, a poetic critique upon the validation process present in the act and gestures of writing and signing, be it through legal documents or academic essays, by means of contracts or scientific papers, or even so by way of fictional novels, poetry, or curatorial texts.

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Defenestration, 2018

The work proposes, by means of verbal enunciation and performative action, the exorcism and uncrowning of abusive agents that construct our personal and professional relationships. Defenestration is a sound piece substantiated by the juxtaposition of a historical parallel created with the architecture of the Palazzo Saluzzo and the urgent social necessity of giving a name to the demons that exploit and mislead us in our daily lives.

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