Mia Sanchez and Beatrice Marchi at Istituto Svizzero

Artists: Mia Sanchez, Beatrice Marchi

Exhibition title: La Città e i Perdigiorno

Venue: Instituto Svizzero, Milan, Italy

Date: May 28 – July 9, 2021

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Instituto Svizzero, Milan

Istituto Svizzero in Milan presents La Città e i Perdigiornoa double exhibition by artists Mia Sanchez and Beatrice Marchi.
The show will focus on the work of the two emerging artists while strengthening the links between the young art scenes in Switzerland and Italy.

La Città e i Perdigiorno – that’s what Beatrice Marchi and Mia Sanchez call their joint exhibition at the Istituto Svizzero in Milan. The two artists are united by their love of storytelling. A detective strolling through Milan, a photographer with a gigantic camera lens or Mafalda, the dog with the long hanging ears, are figures that appear in their stories, in their works. Perhaps these are precisely the ‘perdigiorno’ – a thoroughly poetic term in Italian that could best be translated as ‘day thief’. Figures, in other words, who roam the city, lose themselves in time, in the day, discover things that we do not see. For the exhibition in Milan, the two artists are developing new installation works and videos that follow the traces of this ‘perdigiorno’ and explore the urban space.

With the support of the Culture Dept, Canton of Basel-Stadt to Mia Sanchez.

Beatrice Marchi (1986, Gallarate, IT) lives and works between Milan (IT) and Berlin (DE). After graduating from Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, she obtained an MA at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HfbK). Recent solo shows include at: Sandy Brown, Berlin; Casa Masaccio Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno; Riverside, Bern; Collezione Iannaccone, Milan; Hester, New York; Exo Exo, Paris; Fanta, Milan; Gasconade, Milan. Her work has been shown in various exhibitions, including: MACRO, Rome; Museion, Bolzano; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Performance Space, New York; Mambo, Bologna; Galerias Municipais de Lisboa (Boavista), Lisbon; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Altri tempi, altri miti, 16th Art Quadriennale, Ehi, Voi!, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; PAC, Milan; GAM, Milan.

Mia Sanchez (1988, Seville, ES) lives and works in Basel (CH). She completed her MA in Fine Arts at Institut Kunst in Basel. Before that, she studied at Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB) and spent a year as a visiting student at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HfbK). Her work has been exhibited in various group and solo shows, including: Salts, Birsfelden; Der Tank, Basel; Galerie Maria Bernheim, Zurich; Kiefer Hablitzel Award (Kunsthaus Glarus), Glarus; Arsenic, Lausanne; Milieu, Bern; Plattform20 (Fri Art), Fribourg; Golden Pudel, Hamburg; Stadtgalerie, Bern; WallRiss Fribourg. Mia Sanchez was nominated for the Swiss Art Award in 2020 and received the Basel-Berlin Fellowship from Akademie der Künste Berlin in 2020. She is part of Riverside, an off-space she co-founded in 2015. Currently she is working on Theodora or The Progress, a year-long project by Alpina Huus, a platform initiated by Elise Lammer in collaboration with many visual and performing artists.

Beatrice Marchi and Mia Sanchez, La Città e i Perdigiorno, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Beatrice Marchi and Mia Sanchez, La Città e i Perdigiorno, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Mia Sanchez, High Rise, 2021, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Mia Sanchez, Leather Jacket, 2020, Mia Sanchez, Trenchcoat, 2020, installation views at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Mia Sanchez, Installation View, Fists Full of Secrets, 2019, Pusher, 2021, Regina of Crossroads, 2021, installation views at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Mia Sanchez, 2021, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Mia Sanchez, High Rise, 2021, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Beatrice Marchi and Mia Sanchez, La Città e i Perdigiorno, installation view at Istituto Svizzero, Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer Lens, 2021, camera, concrete, glass, rubber, steel, pvc, aluminum, tripods, 190 x 130 x 100 cm; courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer, 2020, Acrylic and pastel on wooden panels, acrylic under glass, 210 x 132 cm; courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan. Photo @ Giulio Boem

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan

Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Film still. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan





Beatrice Marchi, The Photographer & The Friends (Nel Mondo Parallelo), 2021. Excerpt. HD digital video, sound, 15’38’’; Courtesy of the artist and SANDY BROWN, Berlin, Istituto Svizzero Milan





Mia Sanchez, ‘Fists Full of Secrets’, 2019





Mia Sanchez, ‘Pusher’, 2021  (excerpt)





Mia Sanchez, ‘Regina of Crossroads’, 2021 (Excerpt)