Nanni Fontana, “Violence in Honduras,” 2010. Exhibition view at 255Canal, New York. Courtesy Martina Grilec and 255Canal
255Canal is a multifunction space located on Canal Street, New York. Founded in April 2009 by three European women—Amalia Rusconi Clerigi from Italy, Martina Grilec from Germany, and Sandra Pires from Portugal—with the intent to initiate and support local, national, and international projects, 255Canal gives emerging artists an opportunity to independently exhibit, present, and discuss their work in one of the most influential art markets in the world.
The space has shown a range of styles and media, including fine art photography, illustrations, painting, photojournalism, sculptural installations, music, and video art. It has also held design workshops, movie screenings, and talks.
The name 255Canal derives from the address of the building, a common way to call galleries, restaurants, and other venues in New York. The location, even though officially in SoHo, is truly in the middle of the giftshop craziness of Chinatown’s Canal Street.
Just like New York itself, 255Canal is a place of circumstance. It is a space in which to live, create, and produce; a space to meet and a space of interaction and evolution.
A space of the “yet to come.”