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Text by Edi Muka
Tuesday March 21, 2023
from 6PM until 9PM
22.03 - 21.04.2023
Via G. Ventura 6 - Via Massimiano
Tuesday March 21, 2023
from 6PM until 9PM
22.03 - 21.04.2023
Via G. Ventura 6 - Via Massimiano
SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT
PAC Project Room
curated by Diego Sileo
4.4. - 11.6.2023
PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea - Milan
The Project Room SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT, curated by Diego Sileo, presents the preview of Silvia Giambrone's new work Everyday dicks: a very strong, violent and disturbing video installation telling the story of a sexual harassment suffered by the artist herself via the web.
In the words of the artist: “Receiving a ‘dick pic’ is not considered much these days. It happens everyday to many people (both women and men) and it seems it has almost become a social phenomenon that is not even considered outrageous anymore as we are so domesticated to pornography that we tend to forget it is eventually a harassment what we are talking about.
The stalker I’ve had for more than a year sent me 46 videos of himself masturbating and wrote horribly gross things to me. When telling people about that I realized just a few of them took what was happening seriously.”
Everyday dicks is a provocative work that triggers a wide reflection upon the power of pornographic images in our society inviting the audience to consider carefully the big impact they have on the reality we live in.
Filippo Berta - Chiara Calore
Bi-personal curated by Carlo Sala
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
Exhibition included in the event ConsulenTia 2023
March 14 to 16, 2023
The bi-personal exhibition Recondito aims at investigating the hidden and primal aspects that connote the person through the works of authors Filippo Berta (Treviglio, 1977) and Chiara Calore (Abano Terme, 1994). The photographs and videos documenting Berta's performances express the contradictory condition of contemporary man, suspended between the social 'ties' that lead to homologation and the desire to claim his individuality and free will. Chiara Calore, on the other hand, creates canvases of great gestural and coloristic impact where the human figure is hybridized with animal forms, thus subverting the usual perception of things to generate visual universes in perpetual mutation that question every certainty of reality.
Berta's photographic image Just one (2017) documents the performance that saw a sheep placed on a pedestal - reminiscent of the imposing poses of classical equestrian statuary from the Roman world and Renaissance culture - whose soft fur is sheared. For the artist, the action is a clear allegory of a collectivity embodied in the animal's snow-white coat, which, while having traits of extreme purity, is inexorably unifying. The performance Sulla retta via (2014) shows a collective action where people try to walk following the waves of the sea, thus representing man's impossibility to find a balance between two dichotomous aspects: on the one hand instinct and on the other the regulation defined by society and its value norms. A similar tension between opposite poles is also present in Allumettes (2013) where a square, composed of the bodies of a series of people engaged in the act of lighting a match, is seen gradually dissolving, showing the fragility of this geometric perfection at times ostentatious.
The recent video One by One (2021) saw the author working in the borders between various states dominated by conflicts, geopolitical and humanitarian tensions such as those between as Mexico and the United States or North and South Korea. The locals were involved to perform an action that is as minimal as it is poetic: the counting in their own language of the thorns of the wires placed on the walls, thus generating what the artist defined as a secular prayer before these barriers that divide bodies but also extend inside our consciences. Finally, the video Homo homini lupus (2011), where Filippo Berta gives body to the bestial aspects that are inherent to the human through a strongly symbolic action that sees two wolves clashing to obtain a flag. This 'visual picture' creates, as noted by Eugenio Viola, a «mise en scène that vindicates the reasons of the state of nature over the state of law» thus overturning our forma mentis of men adhering to a social contract.
Io Amo Te
Curated by Umberto Palestini
L'Arca, Teramo, Largo San Matteo, February 11 - May 01, 2023
"Io Amo Te", an exhibition which enhances artists' identity as well as their cultural one, between equalities and differences intertwined in mutual exchanges, is staged at the space "L'Arca", Teramo.
It is an aphorism from Minima Moralia, by German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, that holds the strings of the exhibition Io Amo Te, which can be visited at L'Arca (Teramo), until May 1, 2023: "Love is the capacity to sense the similar in the dissimilar." What more coherent precept in the wartime and post-pandemic times we live in could have been chosen by the curator of the exhibition, Umberto Palestini, than the challenge of bringing artists of different generations together, uniting the contrast between the individual and the collective, finding the meeting point between belonging to a place and being in the world?
The answer lies in an exhibition that focuses on love. Six artists: Giuditta Branconi, Luigi Carboni, Fabrizio Cotognini, Matteo Fato, Giuseppe Stampone, and Georgia Tribuiani. And again a quote, this time from French writer André Breton, to clarify its meaning: Love is when you meet someone who gives you news about yourself.
Here then emerge multiple forms of love. Love toward the other. Understood as a collective feeling, contrary to today's widespread egocentrism and sense of subjectivity, but directed toward the self, personal identity and the Daimon that guides the soul toward creation.
Le ferite di Roma
Curated by Spazio Taverna (Ludovico Pratesi, Marco Bassan)
Mattia De Luca Gallery, Campitelli Square 2, Rome, 23 February - 25 March 2023.
In Campitelli Square Mattia De Luca Gallery, for the second DLProjects event, opens its doors to 10 works by 10 different artists from different generations and unique in their approach to art. Each was invited to create a work on a blank sheet of paper, with the intention of stitching up a historical wound in the city. In particular, each artist was assigned a rupturing event in which Rome betrayed itself: these events are still part of the city's collective unconscious, hidden under frenzy and confusion. The selected artists are Elisabetta Benassi, Giulio Bensasson, Enzo Cucchi, Silvia Giambrone, Rä di Martino, Lulù Nuti, Luigi Ontani, Pietro Ruffo, Gabriele Silli and Marco Tirelli.
The exhibition accompanies the visitor in the rediscovery of these traumas, welcoming them with historical and biographical references, allowing anyone to understand the power of the Roman territory, even before experiencing the works of art.
Observatory on Deculturalisation. Chapter 1
Curated by Zaira Oram collective (Francesca Brusa, Francesca Ceccherini, Eleonora Stassi)
oxyd – Kunsträume Winterthur, Switzerland, 23 February - 23 April 2023
The exhibition and experimental research platform Observatory On Deculturalization. Chapter 1 is based on the work of Italian feminist art historian Carla Lonzi (1931-1982) and her use of the term "deculturalization."
The inauguration is opened by Zehra Doğan's performance ANKEBUT (Female Spider): a new work that focuses on the theme of female resistance by interrogating the relationship women develop with their bodies and the earth. The work is composed of a web of human hair on rays of barbed wires, the same ones that constitute walls and barriers in numerous geographies around the world, still erected for the purpose of dividing lands and making it illegal for humans to be present. As a form of opposition to the dominant male power system, spider web weaving becomes an existential metaphor for the resistance and generative power of which women, like female spiders, are capable.
Progetto Genesi. Art and Human Rights
A cura di Ilaria Bernardi
Triennale Milano, february 2022 – april 2, 2023
The Genesi Association kicks off the second edition of Progetto Genesi. Art and Human Rights, curated by Ilaria Bernardi: a project that is articulated in a rich program consisting of a traveling exhibition (in Milan, Genoa and Brescia) and educational activities aimed at audiences of all ages. The exhibition is dedicated to the Genesi Collection - a contemporary art collection of the Genesi Association - consisting of works by artists from all over the world aimed at inducing reflection on the most dramatic issues of our time. The idea from which the conception of the project originates is that contemporary art can assume the role of ambassador of human rights. Conceived as interdisciplinary and multimedia, for radicality of commitment, breadth of horizons and breadth of the range of initiatives that compose it, Progetto Genesi represents a true unicum in the contemporary art system, not only Italian.