|Curated by Camilla Pin and Bert Theis.
Sunday May 12th 2013, 11.00-20.00.
with Chiara De Angeli, Rita Rachele Di Marco, Edna Gee, Leah Messersmith, Edith Poirier, Daniele Rossi, Bert Theis, Nikola Uzunovski, Fuori dal Vaso (Emanuele Braga, Angelo Castucci, Maddalena Fragnito), out, office for urban transformation (Angelo Castucci, Giulia Mengozzi, Carmelo Mutalipassi, Lorenzo Ronzoni, Mariette Schiltz, Bert Theis) Seedbombs 34 (Chiara Balsamo, Ruth Beraha, Lilia Di Bella, Claudia Castaneda, Marco Ceroni, Gaetano Cunsolo, Roberta Garieri, Claudia Antelli and Vittoria Pavesi, Marco Ornella, Barbara Presinska, Stefano Serretta, Jacopo Rinaldi, Camilla Topuntoli. Display Giulia Polenta, coordination Gaia Valentino).
Let’s take back the horizons of which our imaginaries have been deprived, arousing a different state of unconsciousness and the desire for other forms of relationships.
On May 12, the Apriti Isola Pepe Verde party will be an opportunity for Isola Art Center to intervene with Occupying Horizons, a fight-specific project. For years, Isola Art Center has collaborated with Isola Pepe Verde to regain a green, social and cultural space, to keep alive the memory of the Via Confalonieri parks and the Stecca, privatized and eliminated in 2007 by the multinational Hines, joined by the former City Councils of Albertini and Moratti and their collaborators.
The horizon occupied by Isola: May 12th will be the opportunity to give back to the citizens of the Isola Neighbourhood a sky that for years now has been overshadowed by skyscrapers and buildings that have replaced with steel, glass, and cement the sun and the clouds. The symbol of the party will be, for this reason, the installation of the Macedonian artist Nikola Uzunovski, invited by Isola Art Center to hold a workshop with the participation of citizens and artists on the 9th-10th-and 11th of May for the realization of the work.
On the occasion will be presented the works of out (office for urban transformation) and Fuori dal Vaso that contributes actively for years in the fight of the neighbourhood for a community garden, and Seedbombs 34, a group consisting of artists, curators and faculty members of the MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA, New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan.
The photographic works deal with different aspects of the urban transformation taking place in Isola and Porta Garibaldi, relating to processes of gentrification and urban renewal in other parts of the world: Emil Andersson (no alternatives), Stefano Serretta (gentrification), Marco Ornella (speculation and Manhattanism), Daniele Rossi (people of Isola), Camilla Topuntoli (poetic collective counter-information), Leah Messersmith (Belle Isle and Assategue Island, United States).
The video work of Chiara Balsamo proposes an imaginary city of the future inspired by the plasticity of the model of Porta Nuova presented at the Catella Foundation. Lilia Di Bella and Giulia Polenta present the teaser of a research-project about forms of resistance against urban transformations in Berlin, Istanbul and Milan. Jacopo Rinaldi, through the lights of the new skyscrapers on the horizon of Milan, reflects on the relationship between public and private space. Roberta Garieri, Claudia Antelli and Victoria Pavesi develop a research on the phenomenon of the Vergini Giurate in Albania and work on the memory of the origins of the Albanian community in particular about the Kanun laws and the formation of the clans. The video is a multi-voice narration of people from Albania now living in Milan and in particular in the neighborhood of Isola.
Chiara De Angeli, Rita Rachele Di Marco, Leah Messersmith, Edith Poirier, and Barbara Presinska realize a collective mural inspired by the painting of Leonardo da Vinci present in the Sala delle Asse in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Edith Poirier (Montreal) offers a round room painted with elements from Isola and the old Milan. Barbara Presinska (Bratislava) proposes a painting about Isola.
Ruth Beraha and Stefano Serretta install in the space of Isola Pepe Verde a possible alternative vision, a different gaze that proposes a vision in parts both dreamlike and apocalyptic of the horizon of Isola, its inhabitants, and its visitors. Lilia di Bello together with Stefano Serretta have created an artist book with material collected in the district. Gaetano Cunsolo will make an intervention in a phone booth in the Isola neighborhood. Edna Gee (Johannesburg) instructs how to create your own Unclaimed Grass, a backpack that becomes a picnic blanket. Marco Ceroni presents an audio-visual installation titled Ttratatatata. Claudia Castaneda builds an archive of objects found in Isola. Bert Theis will reinstall one of the benches of his Untitled / Untilted installation created in 2001 for the Via Confalonieri parks.
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