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Overlooking the borders: visual art and photography

Palazzo Litta Cultura – 20 June – 15 July 2018
La Triennale di Milano

In collaboration with: MIA Photo Fair Project, Zeit

The exhibition of visual art and photography Mappe. Overlooking the borders, previously housed in Palazzo Litta, is welcomed in the halls of the Triennale from 20 June to 15 July. The project, born from the shared reflection on the theme of travel that involved Palazzo Litta Cultura and La Triennale di Milano and from the desire to join in a project, started the partnership between the two cultural institutions of the city.

The project experiments the scenarios imagined from the perspective of Parco delle Culture, starting from the shared desire to activate in the city, in particularly in the area that gravitates around the Sempione park, a fluid and interconnected way of fruition, made up of exchanges, circuits, intersections between the city community and places of Milanese culture.

The initiative provides the production by the two institutions of a first exhibition event for the city: the exhibition Mappe. Overlooking the borders focuses on the artistic production of four countries, Iran, Turkey, Ukraine, USA/Mexico, places where the ferments of the contemporary are felt so heated, both on the art scene and on the social and geopolitical one, combining the visual language of four photographers with the work of contemporary artists, through a exhibition itinerary dedicated to the criticality of borders and theirs representations in contemporary art.

Visual art and installations | curated by Zeit

In the Mappe. Overlooking the borders exhibition is curated by Maria Paola Zedda and organized by Zeit, margins, crossings, paths, barriers are read according to unpublished works drawn by the gaze of artists who live the theme of the rewriting of the thresholds of their countries as testimony of the violence and drama of our age.

The exhibition itinerary is preceded by a Prologue where the theme of border and its overcoming is developed in an iconic way by the work and the action of the artists.

During the opening, the exhibition is introduced by Irwin who, with the performers Gledališče Sester Scipion Nasice and the musical group Laibach and with the Novi Kolektivizem design department, constitutes the NSK, acronym by Neue Slowenische Kunst. The collective opens for the first time in Milan the NSK Consulate, where it will be possible to apply for a passport of NSK State in Time of the utopian and dystopian State NSK State in Time founded by the NSK movement in 1992.

On this occasion the visitors are able to acquire a new citizenship which is added to and goes beyond that of the national state inspired by the founding principles of NSK State in Time: movement nomadic and absolute collectivism, which refer to values of ethnic, national, sexual, religious and critical equality at the borders of the National State.

The Prologue is also entrusted to Andreco, an artist with a scientific background which, through a path that embraces the two researches, analyzes the relationship between urban space and natural landscape. Andreco presents the two works Between Nations – winner of the Talent Prize 2017 Award Special Third Pillar Foundation – and One and Only, video document of the performative and installation work carried out on the border between Italy and Austria.

In an itinerary from East to West the exhibition begins in Iran with the work The space in between all physical objects by the artist Simin Keramati, an Iranian currently residing in Canada, reflecting, through the female body and its condition of exile, on the diaspora which sees the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean as protagonists.

Among the most representative artists of contemporary Turkey, Halil Altindere explores political, cultural and social codes, focusing on representation of marginalization and resistance to oppressive systems. Subcultures, overcoming the divisions of genre, the rewriting of urban and transnational boundaries are investigated through video works that play with the language of the musical videoclip in an ironic and political way, making it extraordinary, epic and choral the ordinary of the third millennium.

Ukraine is filtered by the complementary gaze of Martin Kollar and Anna Zvyagintseva, with a reflection on the repressive systems of Country. Martin Kollar uses the photographic lens to observe the Ukrainian prison system; Anna Zvyagintseva, with a symbolic vision, shows the contradiction between freedom and imprisonment, the dichotomy between oppression and the absence of rules present in contemporary Ukraine.

To represent one of the most tense and dramatic borders on the planet is the Mexican Daniel Monroy Cuevas with his recent work New Frontier, a journey through abandoned drive-ins on the border between Mexico and the United States, between the romanticism of cinema and the inability to trace a permanent system of images and references. The work thus contrasts two aspects: the margin of screen projection and the physical border of the two countries.

Photography | curated by MIA Photo Fair Projects

The photography exhibition Mappe. Overlooking the borders curated by MIA Photo Fair Projects investigates the conditions of different countries through the works by four artists: Manu Brabo for Ukraine, Alejandro Cartagena for USA / Mexico, Shadi Ghadirian for Iran and Servet Koçyiğit for Turkey.

Alejandro Cartagena exposes The Car Poolers project on precarious Mexicans workers on their way to jobs, through which they come told about the life spent on the back of the vans, outdoors, among tools, on typically South American pickups. It is a work of denunciation of the difficult working conditions in a border area characterized by strong social inequalities.

Shadi Ghadirian has focused his research since the late 1990s on the condition of women and their role in a predominantly male society. She represents the generation of Post-Revolution artists, who love their homeland intensely, but they are at the same time shaped by global intercultural exchange. In the images on display from the series Qajar, Unfocused, West by East and Miss Butterfly, the artist represents with an unmistakable style the continuous tension between tradition and modernity of Iranian contemporary society.

Servet Koçyiğit, born in Turkey and moved to Holland, tackles in his own work the themes of mobility, statelessness, identity and belonging and presents at Palazzo Litta Cultura the series My Heart is not made from stone, made in 2016. His art is a word to describe the breakup of his generation – the one born in the years of the third military coup in 1980 – the sense of uprooting and the ever more evident awareness of the vulnerability and precariousness of reality.

The Spanish artist Manu Brabo presents his reportage on the war in Ukraine in 2014, a border area, always disputed and conquered by powerful neighbors. From the referendum in Crimea for annexation to Russia up upon entering the war, the artist discovers “a country with the arrogant plains who force the visual limit, of exuberant woods and people and traditions as ancient as they are intriguing “. Beauty and tragedy thus unite in his artistic proposal.

The photography exhibition Mappe, curated by MIA Photo Fair Projects, is organized in collaboration with Raffaella De Chirico Contemporary Art (Turin), Officine dell’Immagine (Milan) and Podbielski Contemporary (Milan).

photo credits Gianluca di Ioia

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