Christina Mackie “How to Begin” at Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como

Christina Mackie at XXIV CSAV–Artists Research Laboratory, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, IT


On 19 July 2018, the XXIV CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory opens its doors to the public with four events: a solo exhibition and a lecture by Christina MackieLaboratorio Aperto—the pop-up exhibition of the young participating artists—and a new sound installation by Hugo Esquinca.

Under the guidance of artist Christina Mackie, the XXIV edition of the CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory, titled How to Begin, will take place at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti from July 2nd to 25th, 2018. The workshop, directed by Annie Ratti with Lorenzo Benedetti and Gregorio Magnani, will be attended by eighteen young artists of varying nationalities selected from among  over three hundred applications. The theme of the workshop, How to Begin, develops from Mackie’s reflections on the space that precedes and informs the creation of a work of art.

The questions opened by this investigation both in the context of an individual artistic practice and in that of a group meeting will be analysed in the laboratory through meetings with authors Chris Fite-Wassilak and Kate Briggs, conversational exchanges, and individual and collective studio work. A collective publication developed in collaboration with the young artists during the laboratory and a book dedicated to Christina Mackie will be published after the closing of the workshop.

The public programme will start at 6 pm, with a lecture by Christina Mackie titled The Yellows in FAR’s conference room. Here Mackie will retrace her thoughts on the themes of filtering, translation, reduction, and transposition between different formats and media which have informed her research over the last four years.

At 7:30pm, Christina Mackie’s solo exhibition People Powder will open at the former church of San Francesco. The point of departure for the show is the Yellow Machines, one of a three-part monumental installation produced at Tate Britain, London in 2015. These gigantic filters manufactured through a sophisticated technology but devoid of an apparent function, will be re-installed at the church of San Francesco along with a group of computer animations and a site-specific installation composed of abrasive media and plastic re-granulates of technological complexity. Overall the exhibition adds a new and perhaps final chapter to Mackie’s research into the filter.

Following, Laboratorio Aperto, will open at the Asilo Sant’Elia, the town kindergarden designed by Giuseppe Terragni. This exhibition by the participating young artists is a public moment of shared reflection on the processes, discussions and research of the laboratory.

Then, Hugo Esquinca will inaugurate STUDY ON ASYMMETRICAL ZONALITY, a new site-specific sound installation for the chapel of Villa Sucota.

The participants of the XXIV CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory are: Yusef Audeh (USA/Palestina), Simon Belleau (Canada), Joe Brown (Gran Bretagna), Paula Buskevica (Lettonia), Vincent Ceraudo (Francia/Italia), Omar Chowdhury (Bangladesh/Australia), Inga Danysz (Polonia), Gustavo Gomez Brechtel (Messico), Nicolas Gullotta (Argentina), Zishi Han (Cina), Petra Hjartardóttir (Islanda), Mourad Kouri (Svezia/Siria/Canada), Vibeke Mascini (Germania), Anna Meschiari (Italia/Svizzera), Rebecca Moccia (Italia), Fathia Mohidin (Svezia), Lisa Trogen Devgun (Svezia), Andrea Zucchini (Italia).


Christina Mackie’s work is informed by an interest in materials and process both as they relate to social formations and to natural occurrences. Her investigations have ranged from human and non human power structures, to biology, to gene theory, formalism and chemistry. She is best known for her sculptures and installations which often rely on assemblages of disparate materials to achieve a temporary synthesis through what appears as a continuing process. Christina Mackie was born in 1956 in England and raised in Canada before relocating to London in the 1970s. Recent solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London (2015), Praxes, Berlin (2015), The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2014), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2012), and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012).


Christina Mackie at XXIV CSAV–Artists Research Laboratory, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, IT


Christina Mackie, Yellow Machine, 2017
Christina Mackie, Drift Rust, Herald St, London, 2017
Courtesy Herald St, London. Photo Andy Keate


Christina Mackie, Fall Force (Installation), 2017
Christina Mackie, Drift Rust, Herald St, London, 2017
Courtesy Herald St, London. Photo Andy Keate


Christina Mackie at Tate, 2015
Photo Andy Keate. Courtesy Herald St, London


XXII CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory with Christina Mackie How to Begin
2–25 July 2018
Open day 19 July 2018, from 6pm in various locations

Fondazione Antonio Ratti | Villa Sucota, via per Cernobbio 19, Como
+39 0313384976