Click or Clash?, Milano

From The Celebration of the Living, first edition

Click or Clash? Strategies of Collaboration. First stage. Via Lewandowsky, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce

Click or Clash? Strategies of Collaboration, is a long-term project curated by Julia Draganovic and LaRete Art Project, promoted by Galleria Bianconi. The first show will open at Galleria Bianconi (via Lecco, 20 Milano) on October 20th at 6pm with the contribution of Via Lewandowsky, Cesare Pietroiusti and Luigi Presicce.

Collaborative practices are at the heart not only of reflections on post 9/11 society, but also, consequently, of a great number of artistic researches. Meanwhile in the beginning the goal of these strategies seemed to be the creation of a consensus, nowadays voices like Markus Miessen’s that stress the “violence” and even the “nightmare” of participation have become louder and louder. “Collaboration” as the answer to situations of conflict has revealed itself a highly controversial proposal: collaboration could be understood as crossing or even opening the borders to let the enemy in and betray your peers by neglecting their rights. As an alternative, Chantal Mouffe conceived the term of agonism for a friendly confrontation between adversaries, demanding an arena that allows for conflicts to emerge and that gives an opportunity for a constructive expression of disagreement. Do we click or do we clash? is not a simple question. But both results of the comparison between different positions, whether disputable or harmonious, should create a surplus of knowledge and should permit new prospective.

“Click or Clash. Strategies of Collaboration” wants to take up these reflections inviting artists to confront their artistic position regarding certain issues with fellow artists from another country, cultural background or working field. Starting in October 2011 Galleria Bianconi will invite three artists for every exhibition, to show their works in the exhibition space on the ground floor and the basement of Galleria Bianconi, in Milan. Every show will open a debate around a different field of arguments – in a visual and a verbal way, as each show will be accompanied by a panel discussion about the themes the invited artists display.

In the first stage of Click or Clash?, the first click is between Pietroiusti and Presicce. Their installation, which will be for the first time exhibited at Galleria Bianconi, is the result of a larger collaboration, born as part of AND AND AND, an artist run initiative, curated by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, which is using the time between now and dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012 to consider with individuals and groups across the world the role that art and culture can play today. Last year, on November 2, 2010 the artists’ group formed by Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese and Cesare Pietroiusti with Luigi Presicce, in order to answer to the invitation, proposed to turn the November 2 traditional celebration of the Dead ones, into a new holiday “La festa dei vivi (che riflettono sulla morte)” (The Celebration of the Living who reflect upon death). The artists invited everyone to be part of a pilgrimage, probably the shortest and slowest in the world, started from Lu Cafausu in San Cesario di Lecce.

Beside this, the exhibition will present the still hidden “clicks or clashs” that involve Via Lewandowsky, the third actor of this first episode of Click or Clash. German born, Lewandowsky, who is currently artist in residence at Villa Massimo in Rome, often works on the fine line dividing public and private, using a variety of media like sculpture, installation and language.

Photo: Emilio Fantin, Luigi Negro, Giancarlo Norese, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce. “La festa dei vivi (che riflettono sulla morte)” (The Celebration of the Living, who reflect upon death), first edition, San Cesario di Lecce, 2 November 2010. Inside the project “AND AND AND” curated by Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri, for dOCUMENTA(13). Photo Luigi Negro

20 October 2011 – 7 January 2012
Click or Clash? Strategies of Collaboration. First stage. Via Lewandowsky, Cesare Pietroiusti, Luigi Presicce
curated by Julia Draganovic
opening 20 October, 6-9 pm

monday – saturday
10 am – 1 pm / 2 – 7 pm
Galleria Bianconi, Milano