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Luigi Presicce “Harlequins of heaven”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO

Presents

Luigi Presicce
Harlequins of heaven (2020)

Opening > Piazza Bottesini (Turin) and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)
Wednesday 7 October, hrs. 18:30

28 September – 25 October 2020
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

Harlequins of heaven, by Luigi Presicce the fifth poster of the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, which is also the second winning work of the Flashback fair open call, is being inaugurated in Piazza Bottesini in Turin, on 7 October at hrs. 18:30. and live on Facebook – @flashbackfair.

The theme selected this year by Flashback, all art is contemporary, is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and as sacred activity.

In this fall, which is rich of uncertainties, but also of expectations, the fall of an unexpected year, this image tells us of some happiness that is still and always at hand, just because – as Maïmouna Guerresi, Iginio De Luca, Serena Fineschi and Noura Tafeche have shown us throughout this pathway since February – after every defeat there is a restart, after you drop you raise again, both individually and collectively. Even though we are perfectly aware of the issues and crises the contemporaneity is going through, even though the Western societies are showing all their cracks (which the virus has widened and made even more visible), in spite of all this and just because of it we must not give up our passionate love for existence.

What is important is to keep the correct state of mind, i.e. the opening to the unexpected, that only the game allows practicing and training. This opening, this availability is of course marvelous and terrible at the same time, distressing and sublime.  As Caetano Veloso said the day after the election of Jair Bolsonaro: “Be careful. Now, everything is in jeopardy, everything is different, even though it remains marvelous.  We need to be vigilant and strong.  We have no time for death”.  Or, according to another version: “Attention. Everything is dangerous now. Yet, everything is divine and marvelous”.  

This is what is stated in Luigi Presicce’s poster, which is also animated by a deep visual culture that nourishes itself, for instance, of the magic realism of authors such as Massimo Bontempelli, Gino Severini and Alberto Savinio, as well as of that metaphysical attitude that lays at the origin of every authentically Italian art.

Born in Porto Cesareo (Lecce, Italy) in 1976, Luigi Presicce lives and works in Florence. He has attended Accademia di Belle Arti di Lecce, choosing deliberately not to discuss his thesis. His work was clearly influenced by his independent studies. In 2007, he participated to the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive (Senior Course in Visual Arts – CSAV) at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como with American artist Joan Jonas. In 2008, within the framework of Artist in Residence, he participated to the workshop in Viafarini in Milan with American artist Kim Jones. In Milan, he founded Brownmagazine – with Luca Francesconi and Valentina Suma – in 2008 and then Brown Project Space, of which he curates the programming. In 2011, he founded “Archiviazioni” (exercises of investigation and discussion on contemporary Southern Italy), with Giusy Checola and Salvatore Baldi in Lecce. In 2012, he participated to Artists in Residence in MACRO, Rome, extending his invitation to nine other artists (Laboratory). Since 2010, with Luigi Negro, Emilio Fantin, Giancarlo Norese and Cesare Pietroiusti, he has been involved in the Lu Cafausu project, which promotes La festa dei vivi (The party of the living beings, who reflect on death) and with which he was invited to AND AND AND at dOCUMENTA13, Kassel. Since 2016, he has been a founding member of Fondazione Lac o le Mon, in San Cesario di Lecce. Since 2017, he has been part – with Francesco Lauretta – of Scuola di Santa Rosa, a free school of design based in Florence and in New York. He was selected for Studio Program 2018 at Artists Alliance inc, New York and TAD Residency at Monastero del Carmine, Bergamo and Lacasapark, Gardiner, NY in 2019. In 2018 and 2019, he devised and curatedSimposio di pittura at Fondazione Lac o le Mon, a residence/platform focused on Italian painting of the last 30 years. In 2018, he curated Extemporanea-play, at Trebisonda Spazio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Perugia and Forme uniche nella continuità dello spazio (unique forms in the space continuity) at Rizzuto Gallery, Palermo, in 2019 Facciatosta Records, by Enne Boi at Toast project space, Florence. He is currently involved in the development of a performing cycle that started in 2012, whose theme are Le Storie della Vera Croce (The Stories of the True Cross) and in a touring training project for young artists called L’Accademia dell’immobilità (The Academy of Immobility). He developed performances at Fondazione Claudio Buziol, Venice (2010), Thessaloniki Performance Festival, Biennale 3, Greece (2011), Reims Festival Scènes d’Europe, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, France (2011), Màntica festival, Cesena (2011), Corpus, MADRE, Naples (2012), We Folk – Drodesera Festival, Centrale Fies, Dro (2012), Art City Bologna 2013, Bologna (2013), CastelloInMovimento, Castello di Fosdinovo, Massa Carrara (2013), ARTDATE 2014, Bergamo (2014), Il teatro dei luoghi Fest, Lecce (2014), Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany (2015), MAMbo Bologna (2015), Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2015), Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno- Capannori, Lucca (2016), Le Murate, Florence (2016), Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Istituto Svizzero di Cultura, Venice (2017), Fondazione Lac o le Mon, San Cesario di Lecce (2017, 2018), MAP Museo de Arte Popular, Mexico City (2018), Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato (2018), Cuchifritos Gallery, New York City (2019), Pelanda, Mattatoio, Rome (2019), Metodo Milano, Milan (2019). He won the ’Epson Art Prize, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2007), Premio Talenti Emergenti, CCC Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2011), Long Play, MAGA, Gallarate (2012), Icona, ArtVerona, Verona (2014), Level 0, ArtVerona, Verona (2015). He was a finalist at Premio Moroso, second and sixth edition with special mention (2011, 2017), at Premio Maretti, second edition with special mention, L’Avana (2014), at Premio Fondazione VAF, seventh edition, Germany (2016) and at Premio Anna Morettini, first edition, Paris (2017). 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
5th Artist: 
Luigi Presicce, Harlequins of heaven (2020) 
From 30 September to 25 October 2020


With the contribution of Città di Torino and Fondazione CRT
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

Flashback, all art is contemporary 
VIII ed. LUDENS
5 / 8 november 2020
Pala Alpitour, Turin

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Noura Tafeche “Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2020

Presents

Noura Tafeche
Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne (2018)

Opening > Piazza Bottesini (Turin, Italy) and live of Facebook (@flashbackfair)
Wednesday 2 September, hrs. 19:00

2 – 27 September 2020
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

At the end of this very special summer in a very special year, in this suspended uncertain time, which is full of surprises and expectations, the 3×6 poster of piazza Bottesini in Barriera di Milano will show – as from 2 September  the fourth poster of the sixth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro: Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne by Noura Tafeche

The work, which was the first one in the group of winners of the 2020 call, will be inaugurated in Piazza Bottesini in Turin and live on Facebook – @flashbackfair – at hrs. 19:00 of Wednesday 2 September; it will do it telling us about the future, a future made of music, civilization, artistic and creative ebullience, happily contaminated and contaminating culture: this is the future we want to live in and that we want to build; such future is already here if we can perceive it and help it grow. 

The theme selected this year by Flashback, all art is contemporary is Ludens, inspired to the sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny and to the works of Johan Huizinga. Playing, which is thus meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world, as a basis for art and culture and as sacred activity, is declined by the artist in a burst of colors, characters, sounds and actions that completely transfigure the visual source derived by the history of art: a detail of Palazzo Farnese decoration, performed by Annibale Carracci (1597-1607), reinterpreting it, making it current and releasing it to our so difficult and interesting contemporaneity.

Noura Tafeche – visual artist and scholar, co-founder of Centro di Cultura Araba, a no-profit organization based in Milan – conceives her work as a “speculative fiction”. As the artist herself states, “the drawing represents an extended imaginary, where the relationships are naturally merged and for an overall vision that may be either bewildering or harmonious depending upon the time and attention that are dedicated to explore, identify and investigate the history of every detail. All the represented miniatures, which contend for the observer’s attention, represent as many portals that let us into dependent and interdependent realities. The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne covers an eclectic arch of references: from submersed writing systems to radical fights, from ancient tales to aesthetic notes and visual mentions to contemporary artists, which work as hyperlinks to further explore a story”.

Noura Tafeche is an independent artist and researcher. Her works express through drawing and public installation. She graduated in New Technologies for Art at Accademia di Brera, investigating the post-human condition, the history of digital cultures, and the net.art. Her degree dissertation was on Communication-Guerrilla, a particular intersection between non-conventional art, radical humor and activism. Her works consist of hand-made miniature drawings, which deal with themes that are preceded by specific studies on the transcultural processes, the linguistic relativism and the critical approach towards technology, the society of control and the aesthetics of surveillance. At the same time, she is experimenting new forms of public protest through the Los Globos Artivistas itinerating installations and exploring the different facets of Radical Tenderness, an emerging theme that deals with the value of intimacy and care as political practice. In particular, she is curating Micro Regali di Strada, a relational art project that consists of anonymously leaving miniature gifts in the town streets. In 2018, she co-founded the Centro di Cultura Araba, a no profit organization based in Milan, whose aim is to disseminate the history, the ancient and contemporary literary and artistic heritage of the Arabian world. Her works have been exhibited at the Fine And Performing Arts Center of the Bowie State University (Bowie, MD), Stevenson University’s Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Fondazione Feltrinelli (Milan), European Union Representative Centre (Jerusalem, Palestine). The publication on her Los Globos Artivistas project is part of the Library of Congress permanent collection (Washington DC). 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
4th Artist: 
Noura Tafeche, Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne (2018) 
2 – 27 September 2020


With the support of Città di Torino and Fondazione CRT
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

Flashback, all art is contemporary 
VIII ed. LUDENS
5 / 8 November 2020
Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy 

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Open call results

The open call to participate to the edition 2020 of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, The Billboard is officially closed.
Today we are revealing the names of the members of the jury: starting from the box on the top left, the chessboard opens with Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe, Flashback directors; in the centre, the creative mind of the project Alessandro Bulgini, visual artist who chose Barriera di Milano district as studio; Christian Caliandro, curator of the project and art historian, follows. Below, from the left, Alessandro Rabottini, independent curator and artistic director of Miart Milano, Luca Zuccala, journalist and art critic, Alvise Chevallard, president of Fondazione Artegiovane in Turin, and Laura Cionci, among the artists who participated to the 2019 edition. 

All of them have been involved in evaluating the proposals of many artists who have participated from all over Italy (and not only) and have selected the works of Noura Tafeche and Luigi Presicce that you will admire from 2 September (the first one) and from 30 September (the second one) in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini, where – since six editions – art is more contemporary than ever. 
Furthermore, this year Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, The Billboard doubles by rewarding also Gianmarco Cugusi and Luisa Turuani, third and fourth classified artist (alphabetical order), who will see exhibited their works during November and December.

Serena Fineschi “Up with this shitty world”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2020

presents

Serena Fineschi
Up with this shitty world (2020) 

Inauguration live on Facebook > Thursday 9 July, hrs 19.00
9 July – 30 August 2020
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

After Another round, another race by Iginio De Luca, Up with this shitty world by Serena Fineschi, the third poster of the sixth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano – a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro – is inaugurating on Thursday 9 July live at hrs 19.00 on Flashback, all art is contemporary’s Facebook channel – @flashbackfair. The theme selected this year – Ludens – is inspired to the sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny and to the works of Johan Huizinga. Thus, playing as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and as a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity.

The image carried out by the artist is the photograph of a small portion of her own skin, on which a sentence (deriving from an artwork of 2011), which is at the same time a declaration of intent and a hymn to love, has been tattooed for this occasion. As Serena Fineschi states: “There is no point contesting that the self-inflicted pain, this obscure, cynical and distorted pleasure, is the origin of our suffering, which we spit and vomit to the face of the world. The body talks, and the work is not a foreign body to the artist’s body.  The body demands, demands continuously”.  

It is just that individual and collective body, which was recently submitted – during the lockdown weeks – to a severe ordeal, that comes back overwhelmingly to the center of attention (it actually is the main theme of reflection by some of the most significant contemporary thinkers, from Michel Foucault to Donna Haraway, to Paul B. Preciado), and becomes both the territory and the means of the artistic message.  “Let us love the sick body.  Let us love the scars and the bites left on the skin by the wounds. Let us love the old body, marked by time, wrinkled by the sun, full of memories. “Let us love the slow body. Let us love both the imperfection and the unbalance (…). Let us love the real, fragile and vulnerable body, rather than the ideal, tyrannical body of the norm.  Let us love the poetical body, because language is only one of the abstract organs of the living body” (Paul B. Preciado, Hymn to the body, «Internazionale», 20 June 2020). 

The sentence tattooed on Serena’s skin, and painted on the 6×3 poster, is actually a tender, touching reality: it means that, even though we are fully aware of the issues and crises that affect the contemporary world,  even though the western societies are showing all their cracks (which the virus has widened and made even more visible) –  in spite of all that and just because of that are we not giving up crying out our love for life,  and all the unconsciousness,  recklessness and passion for the unexpected it takes to face it. To really feel and be alive, today.  

Serena Fineschi was born in Siena. She lives and works in Siena and in Brussels. She graduated at the State Art Institute “Duccio di Buoninsegna” in Siena, and continued her studies in Graphic design in Siena, Florence and Milan and in History of contemporary art at the University of Studies of Siena. Her works were presented in numerous public and private venues both in Italy and abroad, amongst which the Musées Royaux de Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Old Masters Museum, in  Brussels, The Italian Institute of Culture of Brussels, Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels, the Frédéric de Goldschmidt collection,  Fondation Thalie in Brussels, Officina asbl in Brussels, Belgium; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Raffaele de Grada in  San Gimignano, the SMS Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex in  Siena, the Center of Contemporary Art Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, Corderie dell’Arsenale in Venice (by the occasion of the Biennial of Architecture),  Biennale Manifesta12 in Palermo, Casa Masaccio Arte Contemporanea in San Giovanni Valdarno, the Palazzo Magnani/Palazzo da Mosto Foundation in Reggio Emilia, l’Ospedaletto Contemporaneo, Complesso dell’Ospedaletto in Venice, Palazzo Monti in Brescia, in Italy. She is amongst the founders of GRAND HOTEL, a moving venue that hosts, gathers and collects passing forms coming from the minds and studies of the artists and that has been making journeys to institutional and independent spaces since 2014. In 2016, she devised CAVEAU, a safe recessed in the Middle Age walls of the town of Siena, which hosts ideas. She is amongst the creators of MODO asbl, a cultural association for the promotion of contemporary, founded in 2018, whose registered office is in Brussels.

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
3rd Artist: Serena Fineschi, Up with this shitty world
 (2020) 
From 9 July through 30 August 2020


With the support of Città di Torino
Under the patronage Circoscrizione 6

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Opera Viva, The Billboard…Open call

 Iginio De Luca, Another round, another race, 9 June – 12 July 2020

The terms are open – until 15 July – to participate to the third edition of the call for visual artists of the project OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO, THE BILLBOARD.

The topic which was selected for this sixth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard is – as for the fair – Ludens.
An edition interested to the ludic dimension of man as a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity. 

THE PROJECT
Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard, is an urban art project that adds meaning to the concept of public art thanks to the use of the pre-existent in conceiving the artwork, in the specific case a 6x3m municipality space for public billposting (cimasa n. 50530) in Piazza Bottesini in Turin (Barriera di Milano, a multi-ethnic neighborhood) interpreted by national and international artists throughout the year.

The Flashback is Opera Viva project was born in 2013, and by which artist Alessandro Bulgini stated that the event Flashback, all art is contemporary and all the masterpieces presented as Living Work. In 2014, Flashback is Opera Viva left the spaces of art to move to the suburbs, through Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard (OVBM) curated by Christian Caliandro, thus marking the countdown to the November event.

The project develops around a precise idea of the relationship between art and public space, and of the function of a work within an urban context and community. Through this operation, the fair connects different areas of the city of Turin and different time zones (the ancient, the modern and the contemporary in its making), believing that art must leave the institutional spaces, go down to the road, stretch towards reality, constantly move through it, happily integrate into the dimension of every day’s existence.

On the occasion of the fair, the images of the posters – together with all the collected fragments of life – are gathered in one exhibition to narrate this window opened to the world and for the world. Therefore, in the preceding months and then in Pala Alpitour, the OVBM project sees numerous Italian and international artists interpreting this advertising space in the aim of taking art to the people and return physical and mental spaces to creativity.
The experiment, which was particularly successful in the previous editions, confirms its will of setting itself as a moment of cultural reflection that cannot do without its own contemporaneity. 

The Poster 
A 6x3m municipal billposting in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini pulses in the heart of Barriera di Milano, i.e. one of the most interesting neighborhoods of Turin, rich in history, identity and future, thanks to artists of different background and style, but sharing an original innovative approach to the artistic practice. The artists present – month after month – artworks that translated themselves into an advertising-like poster that rejects the language of advertising in the very moment it uses it and turns the spectators – residents, visitors, car drivers, passersby and curious people – into explorers of another dimension, of an unexplored area which – on its turn – operates according to the rules and values of an unknown world.
The poster is a window and – at the same time – a hollow space, an interstice that helps us glimpse what has been, and what is coming. 

The exhibition 
During the five days of the fair, the images of the posters – together with all the collected fragments of life are gathered into one exhibition at Pala Alpitour in Turin.

The talk
An appointment of discussion on the edition developed. The talk shall be held in Flashback’s Art Lounge within the Pala Alpitour. The reflection shall develop analyzing the function of the work within a context and a community, starting from Turin’s experience.

The labs 
Flashback lab is the pedagogic project which was born with the will to widen and tell the reflections on the theme of the utilization of art as cultural experience of awareness and citizenship, and of collection as a public and private act of preservation of objects, images and works with different intents and values. From art collectorship to collection as a gesture of care of urban space, the lab is built as a pathway of knowledge of art, which roots into and connects to urban history and to the territory, in the ambition of providing the participants with a toolbox which can help them recognize Beauty in every day’s places. This process of knowledge configures itself as a free gesture, of renewed awareness and autonomy in the utilization of the public spaces, by the new citizens, either by age or by citizenship. 
In 2020, the project is widening its perspective, including pathways for students of primary and grammar schools, families and groups of citizens who live in difficult conditions in Turin’s neighborhoods of complex economic and social conditions. The classes involved shall be the protagonists of a four-appointment experience, which starts from the narration and the visit of the works developed within OVBM, to reach the Museums and culture institutes of the city. The multi-disciplinary contents shall eventually be processed in the lab appointments. The project is aimed at involving children, adolescents and families mainly from Turin’s neighborhoods of Aurora and Barriera di Milano, in a curricular and extra-curricular pedagogic pathway, where art is meant as a tool of aesthetic sharing and acknowledgment of shared cultural identities: the labs and the visits are devised mainly to be a support of those schools and realities which – because of the specific complexity of the users – do not manage to autonomously plan opportunities of cultural and artistic training.  The project involves in curricular activities approximately 300 students each school year, who move from the school place to the public places, to the galleries and to the institutions dedicated to art to find their home in the spaces of Pala Alpitour during the week of contemporary art. 

>> For further information: operaviva@flashback.to.it

Iginio De Luca “Another round another race”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2020

Presents

Iginio De Luca
Another round another race (2020) 

9 June – 12 July 2020
Roundabout of Piazza Bottesini, Turin

The second billboard of the fifth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback, the art fair whose claim is “all art is contemporary” (Turin, Pala Alpitour 5 / 8 November 2020), shall be inaugurated live on Facebook – @flashbackfair – on Tuesday 9 June at hrs. 19.  
The billboard will be visible in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini for everybody since the 9 June in the morning.

The theme Flashback selected this year – for its eight appointment – is Ludens, inspired to the fanciful humorous tale “Unicorn Variations” by Roger Zelazny and to the works of Johan Huizinga. Thus, playing as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity. 

In these months of emergency, lockdown and forced pause – also in the sequence of these images, which traditionally mark the approaching steps to the fair – many things have changed around and within us: the life conditions, the awareness of what is happening, the fears and hopes that concern both the present and the future. 

Then, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano is restarting from this image, which Iginio De Luca developed for the project: a small camper which has been abandoned for years, an old Mercedes model parked in Rome, close to the Baths of Caracalla. The camper is an explosion and an accumulation of objects, colors, kitsch and vernacular languages, amongst flags, pennants, exotic fans, scale models and toys. Patriotic, religious and sport souvenirs. They are, as the artist himself states, “emblems of an indiscriminate nostalgic accumulation, which clumsily decorate a vehicle allocated to travel, but which has not been traveling for a long time.  An aware or unconscious forced pause, which entrusts the mapping of a national affective touristic geography to the dynamic memory, which collects and withholds the sounds and images of its displacements”.

This work turns out – if possible – to be even more relevant now than when it was proposed: the title Another round another race evokes the funfair, a challenge and a wager, the restarting after every failure, seen like a mirage. The constant necessary illusion that the game, every game underlies, as any ludic attitude.  

This comical and – at the same time – sad fairground booth is the effective metaphor of a collective condition: a visionary monument to falling and rising again, a lost dream, which is parked there, waiting perhaps for a new, possible future. To restart the journey, against any expectation, against any rational thought. 
To have another round, another race.        

Iginio De Luca is a polyhedral Italian artist: musician, visual artist, video maker and performer. In the last few years, his poetics mainly focused on the production of videos, of photographic images, but also of what he defines blitz. Considering them between urban art and performances, the artist performs actions sometimes flying over with aircrafts, sometimes projecting images or inscriptions onto buildings during fast night raids, sometimes ever arriving in places with elements of strong disturbance and visual impact, such as fake electoral billboards. Hybridizing ethics and aesthetics, technology and behavioral actions, De Luca claims the interaction with the environment and the public, denouncing – between irony and engagement – the crisis of values of our times.  The use of multiple different linguistic registers has always characterized his projects and – subsequently – his methodological and operational choices, hinting that the common denominator lays in the need to unhinge the certainties, to break up the codes of the expressive formalization, to ambush reality, taking it by surprise from behind.  Decoding the plot of the spider net woven by the artist, making up acrobatic balances between signs of different nature, is up to the public, who are called to an active participation by a questioning that cannot be evaded. 
Even though he is working on several fields, a unit of concept can be recognized in Iginio de Luca’s poetry, which qualifies as one of the most original artists of the current Italian scenarios. 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “il Manifesto” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
2nd Artist: Iginio De Luca, Another round another race (2020) 
From 9 June to 12 July 2020

With the support of the Municipality of Turin
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

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Maïmouna Guerresi “Rubber Tire, First Lesson”


OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2020

Presents

Maïmouna Guerresi
Rubber Tire, First Lesson (2014), polyptych

This time, we will not meet under the poster, this time it will be a private journey to a public place” (A. Bulgini)

The 2020 edition of “Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard” is starting in a very delicate moment for the global community. Everybody’s life is constrained within specific rules, which are required for everybody’s safeguard. The pathways through the public space rarefy, are only paced by the primary needs: health, work, food; within this context, the art work interferes for a split second, in a fortuitous meeting. The artwork is appointed the hope, the opportunity and the task to release hints from which one can draw to pursue his/her own existential pathway.

Thus, from 12 March up to the end of the year, day after day are artists the world over alternating in the billboard site of piazza Bottesini roundabout, along the pathway that connects the social housing facilities of Barriera di Milano to the close market in piazza Foroni and will accompany the people in their everyday life in their obligatory ways, donating to everybody, with no discriminations.

Flashback has decided to inaugurate this new narration of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard 2020 edition (a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro) with Rubber Tire, First Lesson (2014) by the important Italo-Senegalese artist Maïmouna Guerresi and does it as a conscious gesture in these times of emergency, in the belief that the artwork, never as in this period, represents a delicate act of poetry that can accompany people in their everyday life.

Maïmouna Guerresi’s photograph Rubber Tire, First Lesson is parted of the M-eating series (which the authoress started in 2012), showing African men, women and children who are photographed individually first and then reunited in a convivial situation; instead of food, the table shows an object that recalls war, the conflict and which – in this context – sees its original meaning vanish to acquire a brand new, more intimate and daily one. In this case, the white painted tire is a scrap: a recurring concept in Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a theme that crosses underground all its editions and constitutes a sort of founded core, which becomes a strange object of study for the lesson in progress.

An extremely useful lesson in this historical moment, a teaching that can suggest us the reed to utilize what we have already available, even the waste, to recreate our present, since the foundation of culture, thanks to which we nurture our humanity, is the freedom of spirit and the Ludens (editor’s note: the title of the 2020 edition) are all of us: fully free individuals, who are conscious we can act on the world, recreating it day after day, in any conditions, through creativity. 
On the background, you can read Bi-smi ‘llāh (“In the Name of God”), i.e. the initial part of the invocation by which every daily activity starts.

Maïmouna Guerresi work plays on this tension between the aggregation and the isolation that characterize the characters of the teacher and pupil girls, between conviviality and distraction: together and separated, these characters bring the game of reality to life.

Maïmouna Guerresi Italo-Senegalese artist, born in Italy. She has numerous participations to significant foreign Museums, such as the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, the Smithsonian African Art Museum in Washington, the KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art of Helsinki, the MACAAL Museum of Marrakech, IMA Institute Du Monde Arabe and the  Cultural Institute of Islam ICI in Paris, the National Museum of Sharjah and the  National Museum of Bamako; as well as to Festivals and Biennials, such as the  Biennale di Venezia, Documenta, Les Rencontres de Bamako, the  Dak’Art Biennial, Manifesta, 13th Biennial of Cairo and the ’International Festival of Photography of Bangladesh, Kyotographie, Kyoto, Japan. Furthermore, her works are part of large public collections such as the ones of the Smithsonian African Art Museum in Washington, of the LACMA Museum in Los Angeles and f the M.I.A Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
1st Artist: Maïmouna Guerresi, Rubber Tire, First Lesson (2014), polypthyc 
From 12 March to 12 April 2020

With the support of Città di Torino
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

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Opera Viva Barriera di Milano 2019

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, space for billboards in Piazza Bottesini

A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro

Artists: Rebecca Moccia > Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso > Nero/Alessandro Neretti > Laura Cionci > Alessandro Bulgini

Open call jury: Fabrizio Bellomo (artist) > Alessandro Bulgini (artist) > Christian Caliandro (art historian and curatore) > Francesco Nucci (founder and president of fondazione Volume!, Rome) > Giangavino Pazzola (independent curator and associate curator at Camera, Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin) > Stefania Poddighe (Director of Flashback) > Ginevra Pucci (Director of Flashback) > Marco Rubiola (author, writer and director of advertising campaigns)

Special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “The Billboard” is the urban art project devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, a space for the 6x3m billboards in Turin, in Piazza Bottesini (Barriera di Milano, a multi-ethnic neighborhood in Turin), which is interpreted by the artists six moths a year and – from 31 October to 3 November in Pala Alpitour, an exhibition that takes the suburbs to the center, gathering the six posters developed throughout the six months. 

The project was born in the belief that art must leave the institutional spaces, take to the streets, go deep into the reality, move constantly in it, happily integrate itself into the dimension of everyday life and that our towns are first of all existence, human relationships, rather than merely material infrastructures. A project which was born to connect in depth different time zones: the ancient, the modern and the contemporary in its becoming. 

The Opera Viva Barriera di Milano exhibition, in Pala Alpitour from 31 October to 3 November, gathers into only one appointment the five 6x3m posters that accompanied the life of Barriera di Milano passersby. A brief intensive opportunity, where the one amplifies and multiplies, narrating once again this window open on the world and for the world.  


The fil rouge of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano 2019 is – as the whole fair – inspired to the book of the Strugackij brothers The Time Wanderers, under the banner of “strolling”, exploring different cultural tissues, knowledge, traditions and drives through art and its application to everyday’s life