Mark Bradford in the Process Collettivo organic garden, Giudecca Women’s Prison, Venice, Italy. Photo: Agata Gravante

‘Mark Bradford: Process Collettivo’ in Venice

4 April 2024

A book launch and new fundraising limited edition celebrating the culmination of the eight-year partnership between Mark Bradford and Venice non-profit Rio Terà dei Pensieri

This April in Venice, to celebrate the culmination of the eight-year partnership between Mark Bradford and non-profit Rio Terà dei Pensieri, Hauser & Wirth Publishers will launch a new book and fundraising limited edition work by the renowned American artist at a bookstore in the city. Proceeds from sales will support Rio Terà, the cooperative that creates work opportunities with and for people currently and recently incarcerated in two prisons in Venice, Italy. Named Process Collettivo, this ongoing project has built upon Rio Terà’s existing activities and raised further awareness of and support for the organization’s work.

‘Mark Bradford: Process Collettivo’ is available now from Hauser & Wirth Publishers

Mark Bradford with members of the Rio Terà dei Pensieri cooperative working in the cosmetics lab at the women’s prison, Casa di Reclusione Femminile della Giudecca, Venice, Italy

The new publication ‘Mark Bradford: Process Collettivo,’ edited and with an introduction by Nicole R. Fleetwood, features a conversation between the artist and Liri Longo, former president of Rio Terà, that delves into the history of their work together and the importance of relationships in collectives, non-profit work and socially-engaged artmaking. Functioning in the spirit of Process Collettivo, the book serves as a platform for vital information related to the project’s concerns: new essays by Asale Angel-Ajani, Elisabetta Grande, Mitchell S. Jackson and Jessica Lynne critically assess the state of Italian prisons, provide a comparison of Italian and American carceral systems, reflect on the power of creativity inside prisons and consider Process Collettivo as part of a larger discourse on social practice.  

In conjunction with the opening weeks of this year’s edition of the Venice Biennale, Hauser & Wirth Publishers will welcome visitors at a bookstore in centrally located Campo San Maurizio. The bookstore will feature the new book, ‘Mark Bradford: Process Collettivo,’ as well as a selection of recent Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ titles, and additional publications on subjects related to prison reform and social practices. Proceeds of book sales will be donated to support Rio Terà dei Pensieri.

A new limited-edition work by Mark Bradford  
In celebration of Process Collettivo, Mark Bradford has created a new edition to raise funds in support of both Rio Terà and the project. Made in collaboration with Berengo Studio in Murano—an island off Venice known as one of the world’s leading centers of glassmaking—the edition consists of 30 glass sculptures of tote bags, a reference to both the PVC tote bags made in the workshops at the men’s prison and the branded totes ubiquitous at international art events such as the Venice Biennale. Bradford’s edition features an etching of tallies on its surface, symbolizing the temporality of incarceration.

‘Mark Bradford: Process Collettivo’ will launch at the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookstore in Venice, open 11 am – 6 pm from 13 April through 5 May, at 2671 Campo San Maurizio. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookstore  
From 13 April through 5 May 2024, Hauser & Wirth Publishers will welcome the public to a bookstore on the Campo San Maurizio, centrally located in the sestiere of San Marco in Venice.  

Following the official book launch, join Hauser & Wirth Publishers each day for a series of meet-and-greets at the bookstore, where visitors can speak with Mark Bradford and other individuals involved in the book and Process Collettivo: Tuesday 16 April to Friday 19 April at 4 – 6 pm in Campo San Maurizio, 200 meters from the Accademia Bridge and 300 meters from Piazza San Marco (vaporetto stops at Accademia and Giglio).


Learn more about Process Collettivo.