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.
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.
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
AFA is an Italian term for ‘mugginess’ ; a reference to the exhausting weather condition and the title of the first instalment that happened in a deserted bank over three days in Italy’s Bari in 2014, and the second, AFA 2, on a public beach in 2014. The press release for AFA 2 (2) explains its used as “a metaphor of our social, political and artistic scenario, and turned by the artists into black & white artworks, digitally printed on microfiber.”
To support the exhibition program, beach towels designed by the artists will be on sale.
There’s no information on what the exhibition entails aside from a text by Laura Indorato Erba describing elements of French artist Henri Matisse’s practice for pinning cutouts to his studio walls. It carries on to relate this “perforation of the surface” to “a determined choice to form one’s physical identity these days”.
Drawing on ideas of body modification and home decorating as attempts to construct “an individual perception of a human being’s outer appearance” the wandering prose suggests a human modifies their environment to suit themselves, and not the other way around: “It has been turned into another form of expressing oneself through becoming a spatial ornament.”