Ludovica Capobianco started her career working in galleries and quickly found her love of curating. With experience in the business side of the art world, Capobianco brings a competitive edge to her projects, creating exhibitions and experiences that are unlike anything else in the art world. Here, we chat with Capobianco about her experience in the industry and her latest project, Meta-Realities.
What is your background in the art world and how did it lead you to your current role?
I started with working in art galleries, which I think is a fundamental and very formative experience for whoever wants to be in the art world. When I moved to NY I also started curating exhibitions, mostly featuring emerging artists. For a couple of years I worked in Art Finance, while I continued to curate and advise on the side. I’d say that the experience in working on very different sides of the art world has been the base for my current role as an independent art advisor and curator.
What are you most passionate about in the art world?
Definitely curating. I love to have conversations and studio visits with artists and also to think about different aesthetical and conceptual connections between them. I like to curate exhibitions where I can mix different periods of time or mediums. For example my show 68-18 at Shin Gallery in 2018 brought together 48 artists that have been pivotal figures in the art world of Downtown New York between 1968 and 2018. It was a big effort but also very rewarding.
The metA Gala, May 6, 2019
Who are some of your favorite artists working today?
I’d say some of my favorite established artists working today are Mark Bradford, Bruce Nauman, and Yayoi Kusama. Artists that are having a solid career and that I believe will keep on growing are Korakrit Arunanondchai, Lucy Dodd, Alex Da Corte. Emerging artists that I would put in a young collection are Louisa Gagliardi, Sayre Gomez, Eliza Douglas. I like artists whose practice focuses on various mediums, but most important is that an artist has their own unique language.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“It’s not the issue that matters but how you deal with it”
Tell us about your recent event held in New York City, The metA Gala.
The METa Gala was a fundraising event for the exhibition Meta-Realities. It was also an occasion to bring together experimental djs and visual artists and to create an immersive installation where music and visuals would merge. We were very lucky to have the possibility to work with great talents who put a huge effort into making the evening a very unique experience. It was very interesting to see the attendees being a little shocked at first for the visual and musical impact, and then exiting their comfort zone to start vibe with the environment.
The metA Gala, May 6, 2019
Can you also tell us about the forthcoming exhibition Meta-Realities?
The exhibition will mostly focus on site-specific installations. That’s why we wanted the METa Gala to be immersive, to be a sort of prelude to the exhibition to come. I’d like to replicate the feeling of being transported into a parallel world, this time through physical artworks instead of through ephemeral ones like video, light and music.
What are you excited for this year?
Definitely to continue this project and for what the future holds. I’m also very excited about the Venice Biennial, not only because Venice is my favorite city in Italy but also because it feels very interesting and focused on the present and the future.