26 June 2014 > 12 October 2014

The Independent

26 June – 12 October 2014
Hall and stairs
Project conceived by Hou Hanru with Giulia Ferracci and Elena Motisi

A free space in which the platforms for contemporary experimentation present their work: The Independent is a three-year project devoted to the promotion of national and international independent groups working in the fields of art, architecture, design, dance and music as well embracing broader areas such as publishing and town planning.

Contemporary culture today passes through non-conventional channels:
a valid alternative to the traditional ways of “creating culture’

This first event features two Italian groups, CURA. and Isola Art Center, with projects conceived specifically for the museum featuring diverse modes of presentation reinvigorated with talks, performances and lectures.

With Dreams That Money Can’t Buy CURA. presents the realisation of a shared dream in which a group of artists works to create an encyclopaedic iconographical dictionary. A collage wall with printed images and videos that synthesizes the tension between eye and spectator, between surface and collage, between the two-dimensionality of the support and the three-dimensionality of the space, but also between image, value, object and presence-absence.

Fight-Specific Isola by Isola Art Center describes a neo-liberal Italian story, a battle of our times, in which the protagonists and the warriors are the inhabitants of Milan’s Isola quarter and the artists of the Isola Art Center. This thirteen-year struggle and the eventual victory in the defence and reappropriation of public space against speculative building and gentrification is recounted through a photographic blow-up by Paola Di Bello portraying all the activists during the first anniversary of Isola Pepe Verde, a communal and self-run garden created in an abandoned former building materials depot. The exhibition also features the book Fight-Specific Isola, the screen prints by Lab Fight-Specific and three videos showing the changes to the quarter’s urban landscape.

Founded in 2009 by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin, CURA. is a mobile and propulsive platform devoted to exchange and dialogue among critical voices, contemporary artistic production and collaboration with institutional and independent groups.

Isola Art Center is an open platform for experimentation in contemporary art located in Milan’s Isola quarter that brings together Italian and international artists, critics and curators, artists’ collectives, activists, architects, researchers and students. Isola Art Center has worked for years in harmony with the local associations.

MAXXI is launching an open call from 25 June through to 30 September 2014 aimed at all those groups, associations and independent spaces producing culture through non-conventional channels.
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