Re-thinking the biennial: a guide to MiArt 2017 at Fiera Milano, Mar 30 – Apr 2

The annual MiArt Fair is on at Milan’s Fiera Milano, running March 30to April 2.
Now in its 22nd year, the event brings together modern and contemporary art that seeks to find “links between the past and present.” Artistic director Alessandro Rabottini has worked with a number of collaborators to put on the ambitious and multi-faceted project.
Nora Berman, ‘Spiraling’, (2017). Courtesy the artist + Downs & Ross, New York.
The fair is made up of six sections, including ‘Established,’ curated by Alberto Salvadori, ‘Generations,’ curated Douglas Fogle and  Nicola Lees, ‘Emergent,’ curated by an advisory committee, which includes David Hoyland of London’s Seventeen and Emanuel Layr of Vienna’s Galerie Emanuel Layr. Finally, ‘Decades’ is curated by Alberto Salvadori, ‘On Demand’ by Oda Albera, and ‘Object’ by Domitilla Dardi.
In addition, there will be a collaboration between MiArt Talks and production house In Between Art Film that will explore a relevant issue concerning “the present and the future of biennials and the challenges of recurring exhibitions.” Over 40 directors, artists and curators will come together to participate in roundtable discussions on this theme. 
Here is a list of our recommendations:
Fringe Events
Courtesy Alona Rodeh + Grimmusem, Berlin.
– Outer Space at Futur Dome – the program brings 10 Italian project spaces together to mark the opening of the 1913 renewed building, featuring AlmanacTile Project Space and Treti Galaxie and more, Mar 27
– FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea presents The White Hunter. African memories and representations, Mar 30
ZERO presents The act of drinking a Coke by yourself is the lowest form of art with Adam Gordon, João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, Loïc Raguénès, Hans Schabus and Cally Spooner among many others – Mar 31
See the MiArt website for full program and more details.**

Philipp Timischl presents Hostile Habits Domestic Monuments, Class Drag at Galerie Emanuel Layr, Mar 28 – May 27


Philipp Timischl is presenting solo exhibition Hostile Habits Domestic Monuments, Class Drag at Vienna’s Galerie Emanuel Layr, opening March 28 and running to May 27.

The Vienna-based artist explores normalised masculinity and heterogeneity as represented on screen through a multimedia practice, spanning sculpture, painting, photography and video. Interrogating representations of queerness and contemporary gay culture in mainstream media, and particularly its “reliance on heteronormative terminology and traditions,” Timischil’s work explores gender and sexuality through the lens of mainstream media.

There will be an official after party at Vienna’s Kiss Bar with Croy Nielsen.

See the Galerie Emanuel Layr website for details.**


What comes after resistance? Acoustic Mirrors at Diaspore, Mar 29 – Apr 30


The Acoustic Mirrors group exhibition is on at London’s Diaspore, opening March 29 and running to April 30.

Curated by Lou-Atessa Marcellin and Edward Hill of Friche, the show includes contributions from A—Z, Lucie Beauvert, Chroma Yoga, Friche, Rebecca Glover, Louis Henderson, Edward Hill, Lou-Atessa Marcellin, Tom McCaughan, Inês Neto dos Santos, Yuri Pattison, Rachel Pimm, The Quorum, The Restart Project, RCA School Group, Superlative TV, Chooc Ly Tan, Konstantinos Trichas, Theo Turpin and The Waggle Dancers.

The press release leaves little to be revealed, but includes fragmentary sentences that ask us to piece together and create relations between “generating flows of images no one has the stomach to digest” and “a half asleep flower [who] wakes up in a rage and throws her smartphone at the face of her inquisitor.” Ending in “Resistance is the first move, listening is the strategy, conversation comes next?” we can expect a program dedicated to fostering community and dialogue, and its place within finding answers.

Diaspore is project space commited to ideas of “ecology(ies), ecosystems and their communities” and is led by artists, scientists, chefs and other community groups, and is open to “all who wish to get involved.”

See the Diaspore website for details.**


Skin, shields + stealth in Apparatus 22’s Several Laws. Multiplicity Review at Académie royale des beaux-arts de Bruxelles


Apparatus 22 presented exhibition Several Laws. Multiplicity Review at Brussels’ Académie royale des beaux-arts de Bruxelles, which opened February 1 and run to February 24.

Apparatus 22, Several Laws. Multiplicity Review (2017). Installation detail. Courtesy the artists + Académie royale des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles.

Featuring a range of works by the Bucharest-based transdisciplinary art collective, founded in January 2011 by Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Ioana Nemes (1979 – 2011) and Dragos Olea, the show included large frames of hand dyed leather and poetic texts that, according to the press release, raise questions around “the registers of visibility or non-visibility, the notions of occultation, resistance and commitment in relation to the present.”

Several Laws…  is the first time the works have been exhibited in an academic context, re-read through the theme of ‘Stealth’ and the human body, where “its natural or artificial shields (skin and clothing) are at stake and become the battlefield of contradictory ideological projections, bearing conflicts or simmering with hidden controversies.”**

Apparatus 22’s Several Laws. Multiplicity Review exhibition was on at Brussels’ Académie royale des beaux-arts de Bruxelles, running February 1 to 24, 2017.

E. Jane breathing magic into Lavendra at American Medium, Mar 25 – May 7


E. Jane is presenting solo exhibition Lavendra at New York’s American Medium, opening March 25 and running to May 7.

The Philadelphia-based artist and sound-designer, also known as Mhysa and one half of SCRAAATCH, explores softness, safety and cyberspace, and will be showing a series of sculptural collages that attempt to “claim a space and orient it towards the Black woman.”

Looking at the ‘Black diva’ of the 90s, the work creates a narrative around a brown dwarf who, with the help of Mhysa/the Black diva’s magic, becomes “more a planet, though still alone, without a parent body to orbit.”

See the American Medium website for details.**

Ann Hirsch performs the predicament of marriage, porn + sex positive feminism at PLASTIK Festival, Mar 25


Ann Hirsch is performing ‘The Rest of My Life (my fantasies, my choice)’ at Dublin’s Temple Bar Gallery + Studios on March 25.

The event is part of Ireland’s PLASTIK Festival of Artists Moving Image, running March 24 to 26, and is run in in collaboration with London’s LUX Moving Image. Other notable events include screenings ‘A Flight From Reason,’ curated by Yuri Pattison, and ‘Vertical Landscapes,’ curated by Sasha Litvintseva.

The LA-based performance and video artist, Hirsch, will be performing the new work which “delves into the predicament of her recent marriage, a growing addiction to pornography, and an endearing bitterness for sex positive feminism.” Hirsch’s practice looks at culture and gender through the lens of technology, and in usually occupying the subject in front of the lens, she deals with “personal issues with emotion, sincerity, and comical levity.”

See the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios website for details.**

Courtesy PLASTIK Festival.