Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi & Maurizio Rigillo

Italian gallerists with four spaces in four different countries and a roster of big name artists on their books

‘You have to be tactical in Cuba.’ In December, Fiaschi was one of Havana’s arts community negotiating with the Cuban government to make alterations to Decree 349, a censorial law described by Amnesty International as ‘dystopian’. Continua, the gallery run by the trio, has been in Cuba for four years and, while their collaboration with the regime has drawn criticism, there is no doubting their commitment to making shows where others fear to tread. The Beijing gallery (they’re one of the few Western galleries to have made their base in China there rather than in Shanghai) gave the late French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui her first show in China, while sustaining their activity in San Gimignano (with shows for Nikhil Chopra, Giovanni Ozzola, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Nari Ward) and Les Moulins, outside of Paris (Ahmed Mater, Nedko Solakov, and a group show about power). A year of consolidation, then, but, given their innate s Italian gallerists with four spaces in four different countries and a roster of big name artists on their books ense of adventure, one assumes that plans are afoot.