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A Natural Oasis

for Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale promoted by the Republic of San Marino
in collaboration with Cyprus, Gibraltar - UK, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta


Sarah Capesius (L), Martina Conti (SM), Viola Conti (SM), Lito Kattou & Leontios Toumpouris (CY), Alessandro Di Pietro (I), Katrin I. Jonsdottir Hjordísardottir Hirt (IS – USA), Nico Macina (SM), Francesca Mangion (M), Orestis Mavroudis (GR), Mnemoscape (Elisa Adami, Alessandra Ferrini) (I – UK), Giacomo Raffaelli (I – UK), Jacopo Rinaldi (I)

curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi

October 22 - November 22, 2015

in the occasion of Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale Viafarini hosts the participations of the Republic of San Marino to BJCEM with a two-year research project curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi. Fourteen international artists and researchers participated in this stage-based process on research and mobility which took place between 2014 and 2015.

The four opening days of A Natural Oasis at Viafarini (from next October 22 to 25), will focus on crucial aspects of archival culture through heterogenous devices and live performances. These aspects triggered the groups’ aim to carry out collective research lasting over a period of two years to analyze geopolitical and social problems related to archives: collection of documents, enumeration and organization of materials, creation of archives as system construction and archival ideologies. Through a narrative display, co-designed by the participants themselves, the research group of A Natural Oasis will recall all the steps of this transnational project born in San Marino and migrated to Milan and Gibraltar. The activities of this project began in July 2014 with a summer school animated by Nina Danino, Ingibjorg Magnadottir and Gino Giannuizzi, dedicated to the analysis and re-working of the archive materials of the Provoc’arte 1991 fund – presently kept at the Municipality of Montegiardino – which gave the direction to all the following activities. Later, the group of 14 researchers met again at Viafarini in Autumn 2014 for an intensive workshop on archival video practice held by Basma Alsharif and Francesco Bertocco, and in Gibraltar, in June 2015, for a week of field research at the Gibraltar Garrison Library under the guidance of Jennifer Ballantine, Director of the Library and a post-colonial theorist, and artist Kapwani Kiwanga, involved in investigations on Afrotunnel.

A Natural Oasis is dedicated to contemporary art critic and teacher Roberto Daolio who curated Provoc’Arte in 1991 and devoted himself to study the methods through which the projects of young artists and their languages could be developed.

A Natural Oasis is promoted by the Cultural Institutes (BJCEM board) of Republic of San Marino with the Ministries for Education and Culture; Tourism and Political Youth, in collaboration with the University of the Republic of San Marino and the Montegiardino Municipality. A Natural Oasis it has been designed by Little Constellation in collaboration with Viafarini in the context of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. A Natural Oasis is supported by and in collaboration with: Republic of Cyprus, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services; Republic of Greece, Ministry of Education General Secretariat for Youth; Republic of Iceland, Embassy of Iceland in Brussels, IAC – Icelandic art Centre; Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Casino Luxembourg, Forum for Contemporary Art; Republic of Malta, Ministry of Justice Culture and Local Government, Arts Council Malta.

Program

October 22th
6.00 pm, opening Biennale
8.30 pm, official opening of A Natural Oasis
11.30 pm Greetings from the Anthropocene, Live Set Audio Visual by Viola Conti and Miles Whittaker

October 23th
from 3 to 6 pm, Martina Conti, workshop with students of the Art Academies around the reformulation of A Reading Sculpture
from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, Martina Conti, A Reading Sculpture, performance
8.30 pm, Pirate Film Screening, curated by Elisa Adami and Lito Kattou

October 24th
from 4.30 to 6.30 pm, Mnemoscape, workshop with students of the Art Academies
from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, Mnemoscape Magazine issue n.3 launch
8.30 pm, Pirate Film Screening, curated by Elisa Adami and Lito Kattou

October 25th
15 pm, A Natural Oasis Overview with Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi
from 4 to 6 pm, Reading group with Mnemoscape and with students of the Art Academies
8.30 pm, Pirate Film Screening, curated by Elisa Adami and Lito Kattou

With the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo and Gemmo spa


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