La Sovversione del Sensibile

December 5th 2014 – January 11th 2015 | Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan – Italy

From 5th Dec. 2014 to 11th Jan. 2015, “Fabbrica del Vapore” in Milan (via Procaccini 4) hosted the project Sovversione del Sensibile, presenting the works by nine artists who have participated in the various editions of the “Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean”: Gruppo A12 (IT), Charbel Samuel Aoun (LB), Embroiderers of actuality (Abdelaziz Zerrou – MA; Aglaia Haritz – CH), Gian Maria Tosatti (IT), Alexandros Kaklamanos (GR), Sigurdur Atli Sigurdsson (IS ), Khaled Jarrar (PS), Didem Erk (TR), Moussa Sarr (F).

The initiative was curated by Marco Trulli, promoted by the City of Milan, and organized by BJCEM.

The title of the exhibition come from the thesis of Jacques Rancière, who develop a critical reading of the “regimes of information” in The Politics of Aesthetics: The Distribution of the Sensible. Similarly, the exhibition offers a reflection on those art forms that focus on the relationship between art and politics, imagining “new configurations of the visible, the unspeakable and the unthinkable and, therefore, a new landscape of the possible.”

In connection with the position of the author in the social, cultural and urban Mediterranean, at “Fabbrica del Vapore” the artists reflected on the inextricable relationship between the forms of the poetic and the political, producing “necessary fictions” interpretation of reality. They used a plurality of media ranging from video installations, photography to embroidery.

“Many artists – says Marco Trulli – looks into the relationship between desire and territory, in order to find the necessary tension to produce their own aesthetical investigation: stories of borders and research questioning the public space, projections of future urban planning. Those are the projects that, by interpreting the territories as “desiring machines”, reshape geographies and nomadic narratives. From this point of view, the exhibition presented an overview of different approaches and attempted to relate with the reference contexts; so to produce, in fact, listening or reinterpreting devices of the present time”.

Sovversione del sensibile is also a geographical and geopolitical itinerary, which knot together some key points of the Mediterranean: from Lampedusa to Gezi Park, from the wall of Jerusalem to the Medina of Tetouan. At the same time, presented more intimate researches, working on the personal projection of the artist into the public and social space and imaginary sphere.

Among the parallel events, Claudio Zecchi curated Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment, a platform for debates and reflections, structured in three panel discussions, in a perspective that place the artistic practices in the middle of a journey, that has its own reference coordinates in a fragile and precarious territory as the one of the relationship between art and activism.

With the participation of: Fokus Grupa (artists, Croatia); Khaled Jarrar (artist, Palestine); Gruppo A12 (artists / architects, Italy); Francesca Guerisoli (art historian and curator, Italy); Isola Art Center (Project, Italy).

Sovversione del Sensibile 5th Dec. 2014 – 11th Jan. 2015

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Opening – La Sovversione del Sensibile