MARGHERITA MOSCARDINI Annexe – 1XUnknown 22 maggio – 4 ottobre 2013 Ex Elettrofonica


ex-elettrofonicaAnnexe – 1XUnknown


Opening 21 May from 17:00 to 21:00

22 May – 4 October 2013

Ex Elettrofonica, Vicolo Sant’Onofrio 10, Rome


Press Release


On Tuesday 21 May 2013 the Ex Elettrofonica gallery space is set to present the exhibition Annexe – 1XUnknown by Margherita Moscardini.


On display in the gallery’s spaces will be drawings, texts and models made during the last year and intended as study material, tools for visualization, with autonomous value placed on them. They take the form of an appendix or Annexe, that is to say documents that make up the set of reflections arising from 1XUnknown, an independent project presented in its initial phase at Rome’s MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art) last December.


 “1XUnkown came into being when I started looking for inhabitable sculptures, permanent pavilions that, while belonging to the landscape, would manifest as separate volumes, as clear as a judgment and as distinct as a political petition. I was looking for volumes that would occupy space the way that masses of demonstrators are able to occupy our monuments. With the same force and of the same substance: organization and dispersal.

So, when I intercept part of the French segment of the Atlantic Wall defensive line (1940-1944), what I find isn’t remains, ruins, nor historical testimony, but human figures.” M. Moscardini

If on the one hand the finding of these figures (signalled as unknown because not yet identified or named) seemed to the artist a response to her own concerns, on the other hand numbering and describing them isn’t enough. She asked herself how she could communicate the complexity of the relations that these figures realize, how to make that complexity live in another context. And working on the specificity of the context, how to treat that behaviour as a model.


1XUnknown is a project in progress that inscribes itself in the framework of a broader reflection that the artist intends on this occasion to make public through an exhibition, an event and a publication.

In this way Annexe – 1XUnknown presents itself as a segment of a linear procedure, one that wishes to display its phases clearly, terminating with the attempt to realize some of its premises: with the construction of a pavilion that, intended as praise for conditioning, would stage an erosive process.


The exhibition project’s modality of production is in line with the artistic inquiry’s statements: those who will be asked to support the production of the project will have a role in line with their profession and their skills, in such a way that there will be no overlap between sponsor and object of production, but rather a deciferable system of exchange like any other economy.

As if we built a pavilion of sand directly over the mountains of a mineral extraction facility: in the end the process of crumbling of the pavilion’s volume would give the mountain back primary material ready straight away for use, ready to go back to serving the facility’s production cycle.


Margherita Moscardini (Donoratico, 1981) graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna and attended various workshops, among them the Advanced Course in Visual Arts of the Fondazione Ratti, Como, with Yona Friedman (2008), and the workshop of the Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Torino, with Peter Friedl (2009).

She has been artist in residence at the CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain (2010), at ArtToday, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2010-2011), at Fondazione Pastificio Cercere, Rome and at the Citè Internationale des Arts, Paris (2012).

Among her solo exhibitions are: 1XUnknown (2012), Museo MACRO, Rome, A Project for the Ancient Bath (2011), CCA ArtToday, Plovdiv (BG); studio per un’erosione [Study for an Erosion] (2011), Fondazione LaQuadriennale, Rome; Terza Stanza [Third Room] (2008) and una stanza/fuori luogo [A Room/Out of Place] (2010), Galleria SpazioA, Pistoia.

Among her group exhibitions are: Premio Ariane de Rotschild [Ariane de Rotschild Award] (2011), Palazzo Reale, Milan;  Emerging Talents (2011), CCCStrozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; In Full Bloom (2010), Galleria Raffaella Cortese, c/o Kaleidoscope project space, Milan; and Public Improvisations (2008), Careof, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan.


Her personal exhibition Istanbul City Hills, curated by Maria Rosa Sossai project by AlbumArte Rome, will be held at the Istituto  Italiano di Cultura in Istanbul next September 12nd, as a parallel event to the 13th Istanbul Biennal.


WHEN:  22 MAY > 4 OCTOBER 2013

WHERE: Galleria Ex Elettrofonica – Vicolo di Sant’ Onofrio 10, Rome

HOW TO GET THERE: A short distance from the hospitals of Santo Spirito and Bambino Gesù, Vicolo Sant’Onofrio is set above Piazza della Rovere on the Tiber quays.

OPENING HOURS: from Tuesday to Friday 4pm to 8pm, Saturday, Sunday and Monday by appointment.

INFORMATION: +39 06 64760163