Interior view of Barriera, Turin, 2009. Courtesy Barriera
Barriera is a nonprofit association founded by a group of friends and fans of contemporary art. It takes its name from its neighborhood, Barriera di Milano, a quarter on the outskirts of Turin. This diverse, energized neighborhood was deliberately chosen for its rapidly shifting character. Through meetings with local associations, communities, and institutions, Barriera aims to integrate into its dialogue the many expectations, associations, and experiences of contemporary art present in the neighborhood.
Barriera’s headquarters are located in a 600-square-meter industrial building that has been completely restored to house an exhibition hall, lounge for members, art storage facilities, and offices. From this multiuse space, Barriera aims to promote initiatives, exhibitions, and events that resonate with both the world of contemporary art and the neighborhood, and to encourage the formation and growth of young artists and galleries.