22 March 2019 - 24 March 2019

Occupy The Street

Video gallery
curated by Hou Hanru, Donatella Saroli

Three short festivals focused on the themes of urban transformation, the creation of imaginary worlds, of the public space as the place of the everyday life and of the protest.

On the occasion of the exhibition The Street. Where the world is made, the Museum’s video gallery, thanks to the support of In Between Art Film, hosts a screening program focused on the themes of urban transformation, the creation of imaginary worlds, of the public space as the place of the everyday life and of the protest. Three short festivals, each one introduced by a debate between international artists, scholars and curators that will describe the genesis and evolution of the videos on display.

Programme:

22 March 6:00 pm
Oliver Ressler
In conversation with Hou Hanru, MAXXI Artistic Director

Up next screening of
Oliver Ressler, Take the Square, 2012
Oliver Ressler & Ana Pečar, In the Red, 2014

The videos will be displayed also on Saturday march 23 and Sunday march 24 in the Museum’s opening hours


Take The Square
2012, 89’, Eng
Courtesy the Artist and The Gallery Apart, Rome

The emergence of the movements of the squares and the Occupy movement in 2011 can be seen as a reaction by people who opposed the increase in social inequality in times of global financial and economic crisis. The occupation of public places serves as a catalyst to develop demonstrations, general strikes, meetings and working groups.

Take The Square is based on discussions conducted with activists from 15M in Madrid, the Syntagma Square movement in Athens and Occupy Wall Street in New York. The activists discuss with each other as a group in front of a camera about organization, horizontal decision-making processes, the importance and function of occupying public spaces and how social change can occur. The films were shot in 2012 in those places used by the movements of the squares for meetings and working groups: the Plaza de Pontejos and Plaza de la Corrala, in Madrid; in Syntagma Square, in Athens; and in Central Park in New York.

In the Red
2014, 20’ , Eng (sub ita)
Courtesy the Artist and The Gallery Apart, Rome

In the Red is a film about the Strike Debt group, an offshoot organization of Occupy Wall Street in New York City. Strike Debt initiates several activities to expose hidden mechanisms of financial capitalism and spreads information about how the secondary debt market is working. Few people in the U.S. know that when individuals consistently fail to pay bills from credit cards, loans, or medical insurance, their bank or lender usually sells that debt to a third party. In the Red follows a group of Strike Debt activists over several weeks, engages in intimate conversations with the group revealing the collective decision-making processes. The film explores horizontalism, a social way of organizing that brings out richness and democratic inclusion unavailable in predominately hierarchical structures.

Special thanks to The Gallery Apart, Roma