A conversation between Davide Balula and Francesco Stocchi
December 17, 2014
"A Dumpling with Soup in it," a conversation between Davide Balula and Francesco Stocchi was the second talk in our [email protected] series of panel discussions hosted at Gagosian Le Bourget, Paris—held on October 25, 2014. A conversation about an artwork affecting a space and a space affecting 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. This year, 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 upcoming exhibition produced by Artissima and organized by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini, on view at Palazzo Cavour, Turin from November 6, 2014–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.
Gagosian Le Bourget is a mid-century industrial site redesigned by Jean Nouvel and opened as a versatile exhibition space in October of 2012. Spanning 1,650 square meters (17,760 square feet) over two levels, the gallery has presented three ambitious exhibitions of monumental works to date, including: “Anselm Kiefer: Morgenthau Plan” (2012–13); “Calder | Prouvé” (2013); and “An American in Paris: Works from a Private Collection,” on view through July 19, 2014.