I have applied my life philosophy to the Dena Foundation: to pass onto others what I myself have received, to constantly bein touch with the art scene, to maintain an insatiable curiosity for art and the ineluctable desire tobe part of a world that, even asit faces changes that are breath taking and hard, remains the place where one can find beauty and knowledge united.
The foundation is turning 18. In 18 years at the core of the range of uninterrupted activities there has been our residency program for artists and curators. Almost 50 individuals were awarded our grants. Our activities have also included the organizationof meetings and round table discussions, the presentation of the Dena Art Award and the participation in a wide scope of important projects with other institutions, including the organisation of exhibitions. The foundation does not feel its age. Looking back, it has had a positive impact. It has been a working catalyst that is subtle but solid and has anchored its position within the contemporary art world by giving its support to young and emerging artists as well asto already affirmed ones.
The Dena Foundation has operated as a medium, bringing mediation within the contemporary art world to the next stage. Its mission has been to step in when and where something is missing toachieve the success of a great artistic enterprise. The Dena Foundation has not operated as a traditional art foundation by focusing just on making and supporting exhibitions or by only organizing artist and curatorial residency programs. The foundation’s primary focus has been promoting contemporary Italian art in France and the US, but from that focus it also grew to bring young contemporary artists and curators from Singapore to Europe.
After almost 20 years of existence its mission is naturally evolving to put more emphasis on the importance of artistic research as opposed to production. This is the aspiration of the foundation, which, throughout the years, has welcomed partnerships with others who share the same aspirations and to whom I send my infinite gratitude. I have a confident view of the future that is ahead of us.
Giuliana Setari Carusi