image: Arnold Mario Dall'O
Exchange between artist
initiatives from The Hague and South-Tirol
RELATIONS IN FORM beyond the border
21 november 2014 till 7 december 2014
Kalantari, Ulrich Egger,
Curator: Camilla Martinelli
RELATIONS IN FORM beyond the border presents work
of nine contemporary artists. On the occasion of a cultural exchange
between South Tirol and The Hague. It diplays
a selection of works and performances that express a reaction to the
reality of living in this region. Moved by a critical and extensive
redrafting approach. The artists on show were chosen for their special
way of relating to their territory, as well as for the peculiar way
in which they express themselves through different mediums and symbols
which are deeply related to their birthplaces.
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Opening Friday 21November
19:30 hour by Peter van Beveren, artadvisor contemporary and modern
followed by a program of performances
Saterday 22 November 15:30 hour
Relation in time, artists meeting curators, a performance/project from
After a short introduction by Hannes Egger,
6 Dutch and Italian curators will 'speeddate' with 20 artists, each
date takes 10 minutes. A good change to meet new curators and artists.
After the meeting Hannes has prepared a South-Tirolan diner for the
The curators are:
Durst Britt, Camilla Martinelli,
Angela Serino, Alice
Smits, Clara Pallí
Monguilod with Nico Feragnoli
Hoogtij: Friday 28 November
19:00 uur - 23:00 hour
with ongoing performance from 20:30 till 21:30 hour.
'rosa me, reconstructed origin' by Sara Schwienbacher
Opening hours: 22 November till 7 December, Friday till Sunday 13:00-17:00
hour and by appointment
blog Kees Koomen https://chmkoome.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/relations-in-form/
thanks to the counsel of The Hague
RELATIONS IN FORM
beyond the border
Arnold Mario Dall'O, Hannes
Egger, Ulrich Egger, Saman Kalantari, Christian Martinelli, Simon Perathoner,
Matthias Schönweger, Sara Schwienbacher, Maria Walcher
Opening reception: Friday,
November 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: November 21, 2014 - December 12, 2014
Quartair, Den Haag
Curated by Camilla Martinelli
On the occasion of a cultural
exchange between Italy and the Netherlands promoted by the art space
Werkbank in cooperation with Kunsthalle Eurocenter
Lana, a group exhibition of Italian artists will take place at
Quartair, Den Haag, starting from 21 November 2014.
The show RELATIONS IN
FORM beyond the border", curated by Camilla Martinelli,
will be displaying a selection of works realized by 9 South Tyrolean
contemporary artists. Each of these, focus their own work on different
subjects and media. Several performances will take place at Quartair
on the opening night (Saman Kalantari, Matthias Schönweger, Christian
Martinelli), one will be held the following day (Hannes Egger) and another
one will take place on 28th November, the day of "open galleries"
The continuity between art
and everyday experience is organized according to the artist's own logic,
who interacts with its surroundings by inserting a continuous transaction
between his own intentional subjectivity and the facts he experiences.
According to the American philosopher John Dewey, "An experience
is a product of continuous and cumulative interaction of an organic
self with the world. In "Art as Experience", published
in 1934, he gives to the subconscious an important role in the creative
process. In addition he asserts that art objects exist externally and
physically, but then, the work of art is really what the physical object
does within experience. Art is proof that man can consciously restore
the union of sensation, needs, and actions found in everydays
life. Works of art can be considered as important examples of a condensed
Taking inspiration from Dewey's assumptions, the main title of the exhibition
refers on the concept of shaping relationship process, that
is in the making of an artwork (or making of a shaped art
experience) which comes from the relation of the artists with the environment
in which they live, in its human and factual expression. In this case,
the relations process will have taken shape from the
region where the artists live: South Tyrol. The works on display will
express a kind of relation/reaction towards the South Tyrolean environment.
This has not necessarily to do with TRANSFIGURING South Tyrolean
reality, but rather with REACTING to South Tyrolean reality.
That's the central point of the exhibition: exploring how contemporary
South Tyrolean artists are approaching their own reality and how they
are letting it turn into "art forms".
South Tyrol is a region abounding
with contrasts, between Mediterranean landscape and Alpine peaks. Its
charm lies in its variety and the harmony of opposites. It is an autonomous
province in northern Italy, the mostly northernmost province of Italy.
It is one of the two autonomous provinces that granted a considerable
level of self-government, consisting of a large range of exclusive legislative
powers. Entirely located in the Alps, the South Tyrol landscape is dominated
by mountains. Even more famous are the craggy peaks of the
Dolomites in the eastern part of the region. Throughout history the
province of Bolzano has passed under various rulers, each of which has
left its mark. Nowadays German and Italian are both official languages.
In some eastern municipalities Ladin is the third official language.
The Italian and the Austrian cultures both influence the South Tyrolean
artists. Some choose to study in Italy, while many others study in Austria
or Germany. Sometimes, when someone follows a degree in Italy, then
he choose to specialize in Austria, or vice versa. The influences of
both areas are then clearly recognizable in the artworks. On one hand,
the artists share a strong sense of independence and uniqueness, which
depends on the special status given to the place where they live, on
the other hand, they live with a sense of openness and uncertainty that
enables them to get inspiration from different cultures. South Tyrolean
artists show a desire to transcend boundaries and mix inspirations unrelated
to being rooted in a unique and defined culture, just because they live
at the border. Art is a medium that enables to unify suggestions, contemporary
South Tyrolean art looks to become more and more international. This
sense of suspended threshold let the artists think more openly and express
in a more universal way.
Manifesta 7, which in 2008 took place just in South Tyrol, had a great
influence on an artistic renewal of the area and encouraged local artists
towards more current trends in the international art scene.
The subheading of the show
refers to the concept of border, which we would like to
associate to threshold and not to the meaning of boundary,
which it so often is. The threshold is the minimum or maximum
value (established for an attribute or characteristic) which serves
as a benchmark for comparison or guidance. A threshold is an amount,
a level or point at which something would happen, would cease to happen,
or would take effect, become true, etc. The threshold enables
the connection between two places, two regions. It is a concept which
seems to be dealing with the meaning of terms such as: border, edge,
passing, entrance, but actually it expresses a meaning that these words
arent able to express. Threshold is both border and
passage, it limits and opens. The show RELATIONS IN FORM
beyond the border" diplays a selection of works and performances
that express a sort of reaction to reality, moved by a critical by an
extensive redrafting approach of this. The artists on show were chosen
for their special way of relating to their territory, as well as for
the peculiar way in which they express themselves through different
mediums and symbols which are deeply related to their birthplaces.