on the breadline


On The Breadline, winner of the IV Edition of Italian Council (2018) – a competition coinceived by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) – an organism of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, to promote Italian contemporary art in the world – is a traveling art project by Elena Bellantoni that unfolds over one year and covers the “breadline” in 4 countries: Italy, Greece, Serbia and Turkey. The project is curated by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini and promoted by Wunderbar Cultural Projects.


On the breadline


in collaboration with Beo Project, under the patronage of Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade


in collaboration with K-Gold Temporary Gallery under the patronage of Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade


under the patronage of Italian Cultural Institute in Istanbul


in collaboration with Fondazione Ignazio Buttitta and Eco Museo Urbano Mare Memoria Viva

on the breadline


The project’s catalogue published by Quodlibet, describes the journey through the voices of the artist, curator and two art historians, Stefano Chiodi and Riccardo Venturi.


“While it’s true that man shall not live on bread alone, I will try to push myself on the “breadline” and give voice and shape to this line I aim to follow. My personal “song” will be my logbook written day by day.  My notes will echo the notes sung, in four different languages, by the choruses. For me, artistic work comes out of encounters: in this case with the community – which I will follow signs and traces of – and with a chorus formed by only women. I chose to focus this project on the feminine because I believe that today, more than ever, there is a need to take the floor and give voice. I believe this “poetic gesture” is necessary, to explore our long past of struggle and protest to talk profoundly about our present”

Elena Bellantoni