Curandi Katz (Valentina Curandi, 1980 and Nathaniel Katz, 1975) is an Italian/American-Canadian artistic duo. Valentina Curandi holds a M.A. Art in Praxis from the Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL), Nathaniel Katz holds a M.F.A in Digital+Media at the Rhode Island School of Design
Our work actualizes dynamics of interaction that move from private and intimate scale of personal desire towards a warm openness of mutuality, accountability and transparency between individuals, in formal and informal community, and in relation to intentional or unintentional institutions. It focuses on taking care with strategies that weave artistic forms with radical actions related to the realm of activism.
We are an artistic duo linked by an emotional and familial bond, trying to establish the sustainability of life as a determined choice with artistic strategies. We are present in the work as desiring individuals. We embody and act exemplary, one but none, manifesting the possibility, interpreting it within our existence and kaleidoscopic subjectivity. We aspire at speaking a language defining an aesthetic of hope where gestures, fleeting in nature, act towards the creation of a sense of hope disseminated through the mesh of reality.
The work utilizes the language of performance to explore the ethics of human relationships, challenging different media in search for the “survival-ness” of artistic interventions.
Recent exhibitions and interventions include: Artericambi gallery, Verona (Solo Show), Kunstraum Muenchen (2014); ar/ge kunst Bolzano, Viafarini Milano, MAC Lissone, Center for Book Arts NY (2013); Flux Factory NY, MoMA PS1 NY, Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce Genova (2012). In 2013 they were finalists at the Live Works Performance Art Award in Centrale Fies (I).