Unstable Realities – Interact, Distort, Stretch

RUFA Student Exhibition at the Corner MAXXI in Rome.

The exhibition “Unstable Realities – Interact, Distort, Stretch”, curated by art historian Fabrizio Pizzuto, features 15 works created by the students of the Master’s course in Fine Arts.
As part of the event, we had the pleasure of hosting a Talk by Anja Foerschner, contemporary art curator and founder of ECC Performance Art.


OPENING: June 26 at 5:00 PM.
June 26 – 30, 2024 – Via Guido Reni 4a, Corner MAXXI, Rome – Free admission.


On June 26th at 5:00 PM, the exhibition “Unstable Realities – Interact, Distort, Stretch” inaugurated at the MAXXI Corner of the National Museum of 21st Century Arts. The exhibition features young artists and curators who are currently studying at RUFA. The event is curated by Fabrizio Pizzuto, coordinator of the RUFA Master in Art Curating and Management, and features works by 15 artists: Ana Mardesic, Angela Sanchez Ruiz, Bianca Rivetti Burattini, Carter Helmandollar, Chantal Spapens, Darya Shoshani, Eleonora Sgroi, Federica Chiarucci, Giulio Gamba, Hafsa Moin, Lale Jo Kirschner, Luisa Figuereido, Negin Fallah, Rodrigo M. Soto, and Vittorio Venturoli.

This unmissable event celebrates painting, sculpture, printmaking and live performances. It is a collective effort by the Department of Visual Arts at the academy, with students from the Master in Art Curating and Management responsible for organizing and setting up the exhibition at the museum: Alex Aymerich, Victoria Rose Froberg, Ayda Ozcan, Gloria Strauss, Yu Pok Henky Tjoeng, Amrutha Predeep, Miae Lee, Lucia Guerrero, Anna Cathrine Leth Christiansen, Noor Fatima, Lucy Henderson, and Elisa Panisson.

The collective invites the public to explore the possibilities of representation, playing with real and virtual images mixed with personal memories, thus reflecting on the various ways reality can be visually reinterpreted. Subjects become states of mind, thoughts, memories, and perhaps barely missed testimonies that could be deformed, stretched, and distorted.


“While distortion becomes a tool for exploring the plasticity of form and meaning, the deformed figures not only challenge visual expectations but also offer new perspectives on understanding the subject. Visual manipulations place the audience in a position to reconsider their relationship with the represented reality, raising questions about the stability of the present and its generational and perceptual impact. Exiting the frame is not so much an acknowledgment of the stage or the field of tangible reality, but rather a slip, yet another shift in meaning and presence” curator Fabrizio Pizzuto explains.

The exhibition aims to be a sensory and intellectual journey, offering visitors the opportunity to explore new ways of seeing and interpreting reality. The interactive installations require the active participation of visitors; sometimes, even the paintings are available to be touched, as are the performers themselves. Interaction completes the work and becomes an integral part of the piece: reality thus reveals itself as a fluid and continuously transforming entity, influenced by interaction with the environment and observers. These installations respond to the movements and presence of the public, creating a dynamic that blurs the boundaries between the artwork and the observer.

See photos of the opening


“Art and Reality: Between Relevance and Redundance” – Talk with Anja Foerschner

As part of the event, on Thursday, June 27 the Talk titled “Art and Reality: Between Relevance and Redundance” took place, featuring art historian Anja Foerschner, founder of ECC Performance Art, the curator of the exhibition and art historian Fabrizio Pizzuto, artist Silvia Giambrone, and performance artist Marta Jovanović, coordinator of the RUFA Visual Arts Department.

“The talk delved into the role and responsibility of art in the present regarding the construction of reality. Is art still a representation of reality, or has it become an escape from it? Do we still ‘need’ art, or has it become superfluous? If so, what does it have to offer? What is its relationship with reality in terms of reflection, critique, possible alternatives, and utopias? These are pertinent questions for the next generation of artists, who are present in the exhibition.”



June 26 – 30
Via Guido Reni 4a, Corner MAXXI Space, Rome
Free admission

Opening: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:00 PM
MAXXI opening hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Talk with Anja Foerschner: Thursday, June 27 at 5:00 PM
Final performance: Sunday, June 30 at 12:00 PM

from 26.06.2024 to 30.06.2024
MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Event type

  • RUFA Culture