Thursday, March 11, 2021

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM ITALY

07:00 PM - 08:00 PM MALAYSIA


Fragility Talks 01 - Fondazione ICA Milano

Welcome to Fragility Talks series:

  • Q&A interviews focusing on fragility & resilience, the program explores economy, art & cultural and science 
  • Moderators: Chiara Nuzzi, Curator and Editorial Manager at Fondazione ICA Milano, with curator contributions by Luigi Fassi and Alberto Salvadori 
  • A series of 5 interviews, 30-minute each, guests are free to speak openly in a guided conversation to explore the topic 


FRAGILITY TALKS 01: Artist Francesco Simeti, live-streaming from New York & artist Anurendra Jegadeva, live-streaming from Melbourne 



Francesco Simeti (b. 1968, Palermo, Italy) is an artist known for his site-specific installations, which aesthetically present enchanting scenes that reveal a more complex subtext upon closer inspection. His work often appropriates photographs taken from publications to raise questions about the role of images in the contemporary landscape. Public Art is a fundamental aspect of his practice, he has worked with Percent for Art and Public Art for Public Schools in NYC, the Multnomah county in Oregon and has created permanent additions to subway stations in Brooklyn and Chicago. His solo exhibitions include: Assembly Room, New York, (2019); Open Source Gallery, New York (2017); Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Palermo (2012); and Artists Space, New York (2009). Her work has been included in group exhibitions: Museo Civico di Castelbuono, Palermo (2019); ICA Singapore (2017); Palazzo Reale, Milan (2016); and Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2014). He has also exhibited at the Milan Triennale (2014 and 2013). Simeti lives and works in New York. He is involved in an ongoing design collaboration with Maharam, New York.


Anurendra Jegadeva (b. 1965) is regarded as one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary artists for his poetic yet provocative socio-political works. A narrative artist and a painter of stories, he believes in the enduring power of the painted image and has worked consistently to forge an effective approach to contemporary and historical themes. Based in both Malaysia and Australia, his works stem from a personal experience of, and as a response to, his subject. Be it the post-colonial realities of multi-cultural Malaysia, Asian immigrant life in Australia, or the war in Iraq on his TV screen, Anurendra Jegadeva deftly weaves an autobiographical layer into the complex realities he seeks to capture. In the process, Anurendra Jegadeva employs a panoply of narrative tools - recurring motifs, colour symbolism, the framing devices of temple carvers and stained-glass makers, as well as comic book artists - the vocabulary of a multifarious existence. Anurendra Jegadeva has exhibited internationally, and was one of four Malaysian artists to represent Malaysia at the country’s first ever National Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia in 2019.