July 24, 2018 by Staff
MAGIC CARPETS ITALIA
The Others / Gli altri
As the second chapter of Exploring… STEP 2
AlbumArte | Via Flaminia 122, Rome, Italy
18th – 21th September, 2018
Opening: Monday, September 17th 2018, 6:30pm
Finissage: Friday, September 21st 2018, 5:30pm
Monday, September 17th 2018, at 6:30pm, AlbumArte and Latitudo present The Others exhibition, realized within Magic Carpets, an international art project conceived by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini and co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme, (an European Commission program dedicated to the cultural and media sectors), with the Kaunas Biennial as leading partner.
The exhibition also marks a new chapter of Exploring… STEP 2, the ongoing project curated by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini and started at AlbumArte on January 2017 from the will to analyze multifaceted works and different languages. Exploring… STEP 2 aims to create a new space for a mix of art forms and new cultural exchanges.
The name of the project, Magic Carpets, was proposed by the curator herself and is “a reference to the flying carpet, the magic device used in the famous tales of The Arabian Nights to travel around the world in the blink of an eye. Scheherazade’s creativity and imagination, used in her stories to intrigue and embroil the husband, are here a pertinent metaphor for the culture’s power to transform the mistrust and the confrontation into intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, respect and love”.
The Other, the Stranger is the theme chosen for the first year of the Magic Carpets Italia and the first two artists invited by Giulia Pardini, the emerging curator of the project, to discuss the issue of migration are Hrvoslava Brkušić (Croatia 1982) – proposed by the partner Lab852 from Zagreb, and Melanie Garland (Chile 1988) - proposed by the partner ZK/U from Berlin.
By choosing this theme we tried to look at the phenomenon of migration in its complexity and contradictions, through a profound reflection on what is happening around us, mainly dialoguing with those artists who are able to tell and analyze both the surface and the essence, both the roots and the branches of the topic. This sensitivity has characterized the residencies of the two artists who paid attention not only to the phenomenon of migration but also to the people who cross our country in search of a refuge.
In the meantime, one of the goals of the project was to present our art abroad: three Italian artists have been invited by two European partners to participate in a residency project linked to the territory and the local culture, thus initiating an open dialogue with the local communities. Grossi Maglioni, a duo of artists collaborating since 2006, took part in a residency hosted by the Serbian partner Novo Kulturno Naseleje during which they developed a project involving the local public. The second artist selected, Gian Maria Tosatti, has been invited by the Latvian partner New Theater Institute to carry out a public, site-specific project in which he encouraged the audience to re-draw attention to the public spaces.
The exhibition presents also materials and photographs of the artists involved, documenting the first year of the Magic Carpets project.