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Where is the familiar?

Project Space Exhibition

Where is the familiar?

Malonno seeks for a sister city
Case Sparse

06.09.2014 - 10.09.2014
18:00 - 22:00 @ GlogauAIR

Where is the familiar? is a collective exhibition that explores the proximity space between a place and a potential community.

Curated by Marta Ferretti

Fatima Bianchi // Monica Carrera // Francesca Damiano // Elisabetta Falanga // Giuseppe Fanizza // Marco La Rosa // Orestis Mavroudis // Seiji Morimoto

Starting from the 2014 edition of Case Sparse | Tra l’Etere e la Terra, an artistic residency born in 2012 in the village of Malonno in Camonica Valley, Northern part of Italy, the show presents the place through the actions of the artists invited in July 2014 to produce permanent site specific artworks for the village.

Elisabetta Falanga, Giuseppe Fanizza, Marco La Rosa, Orestis Mavroudis and Seiji Morimoto, during the period of permanence in Malonno, have explored its idendity for its social, historical and imaginary issues, working in a close relationship with the community of the village.

The exhibition presents the relational processes that led the artists to confront with the village, analyzing the space of proximity that is created with an unknown place.
Proximity means a condition of intimacy and familiarity not only in approaching, but also in departing from a place, a process that involves a constant negotiation of our own subjectivity.
What being familiar means, and where, both in terms of space and time, can be sited the processes that allow to inhabit a place, although temporary, are the questions underlying the exhibition that will introduce the public into a potential dialogue with Malonno.

With the status of documents, the evidences in the exhibition are able to witness different possibilities for action, and at the same time, to trigger new imaginaries on Malonno. Each work contributes to present the site for one of its peculiar sides, risen by the artist’s process of familiarization with the village.

Orestis Mavroudis, with Anniversario Temporaneo was confronted with an event that shaped the identity of the community for which he celebrates its anniversary; De che M’en vo by Giuseppe Fanizza maps and activates some local surveillance devices, highlighting their ambiguous function of control and protection. Marco La Rosa, through the filter of his own subjectivity in Untitled, 2014, gives back to the village a small scale monument of architectures that shaped his relationship with Malonno. Elisabetta Falanga focused on the imaginary of the mountain and its dimension of perpetual immobility, completing with the title, Quel prato è il mio tormento e la mia misura, benché io non sia mai stato un uomo verde [That lawn is my torment and my size, although I was never a green man], a change of perspective that assimilates the profile of the human body to the natural ridges. Finally Seiji Morimoto is presenting in Berlin a performance as a result of his intervention, La prossima primavera sarà felice [Next spring it will be happy] in the woods of Malonno. There the artist has installed some devices which are waiting to be inhabited by birds during the next spring making the installation alive.

A group picture of the village inhabitants, canvassing mastered by Monica Carrera and Francesca Damiano, artists and organizers of Case Sparse, complete the exhibition, together with the videos by Fatima Bianchi, that document the ideation and the realization of the works.
The result is an heterogeneous image, which represents a village seemingly isolated in a valley between the mountains, but in reality opens to the outside through travel and migration of its inhabitants, the economic relations in the valley, and not least the presence of the residency.
The exhibition is conceived, therefore, as an open call to find a community that wants to twin with Malonno, finding similarities and common suggestions among the documents that can lead to a will of sharing experiences and knowledge.
The aim is to discuss strategies of production and sharing knowledge of the residencies system, which asks artists to root in unfamiliar places and to go away at the end of residency.
Identifying some priorities of places allows to reconsidering art as a common good, whose aim is political in itself, but also cultural in terms of open access to knowledge and resources. Artists of Case Sparse infact are contributing at creating a public collection, which is rising from the three years edition of the project, whose owner is the whole local community.
Malonno community shifts from being an anonymous public, into active actors in the public arena, where they can discuss distances and objectives of art together with artists and curators.

Case Sparse | Tra l’Etere e la Terra is a three year project asking the artists to face with the Malonno Region (Brescia), by producing site-specific artworks all along selected public paths; these artworks will be part of an art-nature park which will twist and turn from the village center to the woodland.
Each year artists are invited to confront and to narrate an essential aspect of the place (2013_ the woods, 2014_old town and the mines, 2015_the river) in an ongoing dialogue between art practice and the rhythms and cycles of a community.

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