alcramer [Alfredo Cramerotti]

Pera + Flora + Fauna: The Story of Indigenousness and the Ownership of History @ 59th La Biennale di Venezia

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on April 18, 2022

Collateral Event of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 23 April -27 November 2022, Archivi della Misericordia, Venice, Italy

People of Remarkable Talents (PORT), an arts and culture agency under the Perak State Government, with support from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the National Art Gallery Malaysia, announces its commission of the exhibition Pera + Flora + Fauna, as an official Collateral Event at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. PORT is honoured to present at this prestigious international art event, the artists and artworks that have been inspired by the rich histories and context of the state of Perak, Malaysia.

Pera + Flora + Fauna engages with the discourse around how indigenousness and nature are affected by mainstream cultural attitudes of industrialised nations, the very nations contributing to existing environmental problems. This leads us to question, can aesthetic thinking support the conservation and restoration of nature or indigenous rights and ways of life? Can indigenous populations across the globe challenge the mainstream documented (art) history written by the non-indigenous? Can indigenous populations achieve the liberty to collectively claim “their own history and narratives”, antagonising the dominant discourse? Pera + Flora + Fauna intends to address these questions drawing on different perspectives of man, nature, and their interrelation.

The exhibition features Malaysian artists and collectives, and an Italian artist, from multiple disciplines ranging across performance, film, sound, sculpture, and new media. The artists are Azizan Paiman (MY), Kamal Sabran (MY), Kapallorek Artspace (MY), Kim Ng (MY), Projek Rabak (MY), Saiful Razman (MY) and Stefano Cagol (ITA), with the contribution and participation of the people of the Semai tribe from Kampung Ras, Sungkai, Perak.

Pera + Flora + Fauna will take place at Archivi della Misericordia in Cannaregio, Venice; commissioned by Nur Hanim Mohamed Khairuddin, General Manager of PORT, and curated by appointed lead curators Amir Zainorin and Khaled Ramadan, and associate curators Annie Jael Kwan and Camilla Boemio.

The team is advised by Alfredo Cramerotti, the president of IKT and the director of MOSTYN, Wales.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the discourse expands through a forum where invited panelists Alfredo Cramerotti, Dorian Batycka, Henry Meyric Hughes, and Jo-Lene Ong, along with the curators and artists, will share their observations and interpretations around the concept of Ownership of Nature and History; attempting to contextualise the notion of the natural and the historic and why it cannot be independent of the intellectual, artistic, emotional, and technological resources available to us in the industrialised world. In addition, there will be three on-site performances by the artists; one which explores sound and body movement to heal the internal psychic and spiritual body based on Malay traditional healing rituals; the others inviting the audience to engage with the ongoing contest between capitalist-driven narratives of extractivism towards land and indigenous peoples, and the agency and creative resilience of indigenous communities in sharing their histories and holistic principles of coexistence with nature.


Caterina Silva: Summer Unknown exhibition @ Bosse & Baum, London – curated by Alfredo Cramerotti

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on April 5, 2022

Opening 6th April 2022

ARTiculating Regeneration: Art as Agent for Change webinar by PlusTate / IKT / MOSTYN

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on March 21, 2022

An online panel discussion exploring sustainable & regenerative artistic practices and the impact on their respective landscapes.

About this event

Tuesday 5 April, 15.00 – 17.00 (UK time) / 10.00 – 12.00 (EST)

Plus Tate, MOSTYN and IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) join forces once more for a panel discussion exploring regenerative blue/green infrastructure and sustainable artistic practices with hands-on implication and direct impact on the environment and landscapes upon which they are situated.

In October 2021, our organisations connected to present Sustainable Design and Regenerative Architecture in Cultural Spaces. During the session, we explored how art venues can become greener and heard from artists who were embracing sustainability as a pivotal part of their making.

During ARTiculating Regeneration: Art as Agent for Change on Tuesday 5 April 2022, speakers will take these concepts further by sharing their practices and the impacts on the landscapes on which they sit.

Speakers from across the globe will join together virtually to share the great work they are doing in this area. We will hear from:

Jason deCaires Taylor, Underwater Sculpture Artist

Jan Mun, Blade of Grass Artist

Elizabeth Monoian & Robert Ferry, Land Art Generator

Bill Reed, Regenesis Group

Adam Sutherland, Grizedale Arts

The session will be moderated by Ombretta Agró Andruff of IKT & ARTSail

New Spring 2022 programme season at MOSTYN: Angharad Williams: Picture the Others & The Wig exhibitions; McKenzie Wark: The Artist-Publisher podcast series

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on February 18, 2022
Angharad Williams: Picture the Others

Exhibition
Angharad Williams: Picture the Others 
February 19–June 12, 2022

Picture the Others is the first institutional solo exhibition by Welsh artist and writer Angharad Williams. This new commission will consist of a large-scale installation presented across MOSTYN’s gallery spaces and will include film, painting, sculpture, and text. Williams’s practice reflects on the relationship between the individual and wider societal structures. The exhibition, curated by Juliette Desorgues (Curator of Visual Arts, MOSTYN) will be accompanied by live elements such as a performance and workshops in addition to the project titled The Wig that will include film, writing and publishing by the artist and other contemporary artists.

Angharad Williams is an artist living in Ynys Môn and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include High Horse, Kevin Space, Vienna (2021); Without the Scales, Schiefe Zähne, Berlin (2020); Witness, Haus Zur Liebe, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (2019); Island Mentality, Peak, London (2019); and Scarecrows, LISZT, Berlin (2018). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including: Jerwood Arts, London (2021), Stadtgalerie Bern (2021) and Kunstverein Munich (2020). Performances have taken place at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2020); ICA, London (2019); and Radiophrenia, Glasgow (2017).

Supported by Foundation Foundation, Arts Council Wales, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Megan Gwynne-Jones Charitable Trust.

The Wig
19 February – 12 June, 2022

The Wig is an ongoing, accumulative project between Gianmaria Andreetta, Jason Hirata, Megan Plunkett, Richard Sides and Angharad Williams. 

The project’s title borrows from the notion of “La Perruque“ (“The Wig“ in English), first introduced by philosopher Michel de Certeau in his groundbreaking book The Practice of Everyday Life. Published in 1984, it looked at the still relevant issues of the value we attach to the objects around us in contrast to the value we perceive in those who make them. 

 “The Wig“ broadly refers to anything done under the guise of work, but is in fact not work, or not the work one is supposed to be doing. Practicing “The Wig“ can be as simple as writing personal emails during office hours, using the company photocopier to print private invitations, or using someone else’s time for one’s own. For its current form at MOSTYN, the project will feature a collaborative video developed by the participants as well as reading material and resources shared between the artists in their ongoing conversations.

Online programme
McKenzie Wark podcast series: The Artist-Publisher
February 1–5, 2022 

In this podcast series, writer McKenzie Wark talks to artists who are also publishers and publishers whose work is a kind of art practice. Zines and books, made cheaply or by the thousands, or web-based journals available for free—these seem antithetical to the unique work of art. And yet the creation of meaning around art practices requires this other kind of practice of publishing written works. Contributors include Jacqueline de Jong and GB Jones amongst others. 

McKenzie Wark is the author, among other things, of Philosophy for Spiders: on the low theory of Kathy Acker (Duke University Press 2021) and The Beach Beneath the Street: the Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (Verso 2011). She is professor of culture and media at The New School in New York City.

Atlante Temporaneo. Cartografie del sé nell’arte di oggi @ Gallerie delle Prigioni, Treviso

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on February 3, 2022

Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti and organised by Fondazione Imago Mundi / Fondazione Benetton Studi e Ricerche

Temporary Atlas: Cartographies of the Self in the Art of Today

5 February – 29 May 2022

Curated by Alfredo Cramerotti

The exhibition presents an idea of mapping that is alternative to the traditional conception. We know that there are two maps – an objectively-driven mapping and an individually perceived one – after all, not every aspect of our environment or our life has the same value. Equally, there are cartographers-explorers and cartographers-artists.

The fourteen cartographers-artists of Temporary Atlas do not gaze exclusively on the outside but rather focus towards themselves, aiming to investigate their perceptions, identities, emotions, physical and mental sensations. They adopt the traditional approach to mapping (a representation of reality) but expand it along unconventional paths – identity, spirituality, subconscious, feelings or memories that interact upon each of us. 

Walking through the exhibition, the visitor realises that however an artwork can engage reality, and reality is understood beyond representation, it is also true that much depends on which criteria we adopt to manifest this relationship. What we read in a representation (cartographic or artistic) depends on what methods and rules we intend to follow in this reading. 
Temporary Atlas is an attempt to identify the fleeting border between these two extremes: a reading of the person who, in the midst of a global pandemic yet to be resolved, re-evaluates their own priorities. The exhibition aims thus to describe our emotional, political, aesthetic horizon. It explores, in other words, the visitors’ expectation that art can allow us to reflexively understand our daily reality.

Participating artists: Oliver Laric, Jeremy Deller, Paul Maheke, Matt Mullican, James Lewis, Kiki Smith, Walid Raad, Ibrahim Mahama, Otobong Nkanga, Rochelle Goldberg, Seymour Chwast, Enam Gbewonyo, Sanford Biggers and Sarah Entwistle.

New publications from MOSTYN: Richard Wathen and Nick Hornby

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on May 5, 2021

New Eyes very Time

Rooted in the historical canon of painting, Richard Wathen’s (b. London, 1971; lives and works in Suffolk, United Kingdom) work focuses largely on portraiture, portraying figures in states of hesitation and contemplation: listening at walls, pretending to sleep, moon bathing, or engaging in other apparent states of uncertainty. Wathen’s works depict the tumultuous and complex array of negative human emotions, from anxiety and sorrow to despair, brought on by the socioeconomic pressures of contemporary living. The intensity created through the use of small details is powerful and emotional as an expressive gesture. His works subvert the genre of figurative painting through a bold play between representation and abstraction, between the solid density of the matte surface and the fragility of the figures represented.

The catalogue presents a selection of the large- and medium-format works that can be read as an investigation of the human condition in an age when an image is considered a stand-in for a sentient being. With essays by Alfredo Cramerotti, Juan Bolivar and Rebecca Geldard.

Link here

Zygotes and Confessions

A a new publication devoted to the work of London-based artist Nick Hornby, and has been produced to accompany his first solo exhibition in a public gallery. The exhibition, which shares its title with the publication, is presented at MOSTYN, Wales, UK, from November 2020 to April 2021.

Hornby is known for his monumental site-specific works that combine digital software with traditional materials such as bronze, steel, granite and marble. In this publication he presents a substantial new body of smaller, more intimate work comprising three discrete yet interrelated series of works inspired by the history of sculptural busts, modernist abstractions and mantelpiece ceramic dogs. United by glossy photographic surfaces created by means of an industrial process in which his marble and resin composite sculptures are dipped into liquid photographs, these new works explore themes of portraiture, the body, identity, sexuality and intimacy in the digital era. A number of the works have been made in collaboration with fashion photographer Louie Banks.

Along with a foreword by Helen Boyd, Head of Marketing and Publisher Relations at the Casemate Group, the publication features a text by MOSTYN director Alfredo Cramerotti and an essay by London-based publisher, editor and writer Matt Price. Price writes: ‘With one eye on the sculpture of the past and the other on that of tomorrow, technology is at the heart of London-based Nick Hornby’s practice and is central to the production of his often imposing, mind-bending and futuristic-looking sculptures. Using materials such as bronze and marble, his work points back towards the Renaissance or the nineteenth century, yet his use of resin and digital technology positions him very much in the present, exploring languages both figurative and abstract, often simultaneously.’

The texts are presented in both English and Welsh. Newly commissioned studio photography of the works by Ben Westoby, along with installation views of the exhibition commissioned by MOSTYN from Mark Blower, illustrate the publication, which has been designed by Joe Gilmore / Qubik. The publication is co-published by MOSTYN, Llandudno, and Anomie Publishing, London, and distributed internationally by Casemate Art, a division of the Casemate Group.

Link here

“Conflict Reporting” on Third Text, Volume 35, Issue 2 (2021)

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on March 26, 2021
Third Text, Volume 35, Issue 2 (2021)

Conflict Reporting

Aestheticising Objectivity

By Alfredo Cramerotti & Lauren Mele

Pages 248-262 | Published online: 29 Jan 2021 | Published in print: February 2021

Abstract

In 2001, artists Broomberg and Chanarin documented a day in the Iraq war. The result was a visual yet non-descript narrative, achieved with light and presence; a physical documentation of their journey titled The Day Nobody Died. In 1968 photojournalist Eddie Adams captured Saigon Execution in Vietnam, also a war-time image but with the lens of reportage. The former is a rendition of their experience, not bound by the constraints and facets of aestheticising fact. The latter was presented as news and was the receiver of outrage and scrutiny as such. This article explores how representations of humanitarian crises and wartime are complicit in their perpetuation, and how art demonstrates an attempt at representing such events as futile. We seek to establish a link between what is viewed and what is reported; what is seen and what remains outside the picture; an attempt to unravel what the difference is between viewing and witnessing.

Abstract available at https://doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2021.1873003

 

 

New book by Alfredo Cramerotti: Curating the Image – Notebook for a Visual Journey [Distanz Verlag, Dec 2020]

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on December 29, 2020

From the publishers’ webpage:

“Unconscious Informing” – For over twenty years, the curator Alfredo Cramerotti (b. Trento, Italy, 1967; lives and works in Llandudno, Wales) has built an extensive collection of visual materials divided into multiple categories. Newspaper clippings, postcards, drawings, flyers, articles, advertisements, other media materials: Cramerotti finds something of interest wherever he looks. He clusters and collages his finds along five independent thematic foci: design approach, alpine culture, leadership, houseplants, and the gaze. Cramerotti’s interest in creating a system of order and reference takes inspiration from the work of Aby Warburg. He uses his collection of imagery to study formal principles of commercial visual culture, adding ironic observations and drawing connections to media trends. With an essay by the curator.

Curating the Image. Notebook for a Visual Journey (download short extract)

Supported by The Ampersand Foundation, L’Artisan Parfumeur , Maria and Theodore Fatsis, Penhaligon’s, Adam Prideaux and Carolin Scharpff-Striebich. Designed by Laura Catania. Published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin.

New publications by Intellect as part as the Critical Photography book series, edited by Alfredo Cramerotti

Posted in nEws and rEleases, shortEssays/cortiSaggi [English/Italian] by alcramer on November 21, 2020

Fortunes of War: Photography in Alter Space

By Eric Lesdema Series edited by Alfredo Cramerotti

£49.00 | 120 pages | 7 Oct 2020

An extended edit of Eric Lesdema’s photographic series of the same name, with 83 colour photographs and essays from leading academics which analyse how his work provides an alternative approach to documentary photography. Twenty-first-century interpretations and applications of photography are questioned, as are warfare and its cultural framework.

An extended edit of Eric Lesdema’s photographic series of the same name, with 83 colour photographs and essays from leading academics which analyse how his work provides an alternative approach to documentary photography. Twenty-first-century interpretations and applications of photography are questioned, as are warfare and its cultural framework.

An extended edit of Eric Lesdema’s photographic series of the same name, with 83 colour photographs and essays from leading academics which analyse how his work provides an alternative approach to documentary photography. Twenty-first-century interpretations and applications of photography are questioned, as are warfare and its cultural framework.

Eric Lesdema’s photographic series Fortunes of War was awarded the UN Nikon World Prize in 1997. Originally a series of fifteen images, this extended edit includes 83 colour photos, accompanied by a series of essays by leading academics in the field. The essays explore ideas raised by the prescient nature of the work, offering a highly original and engaging debate about its alternative approach to documentary photography, which views photography as an alternate space with the potential to project events rather than record them. In exploring an approach that cuts against the traditional concept central to documentary photography since its inception, the book thus raises important questions about twenty-first century interpretations and applications of photography and media. With thought-provoking research and a diverse array of essay contributions, Fortunes of War proposes new lines of interdisciplinary investigation, reflection and inquiry.

Photography as Critical Practice: Notes on Otherness

By David Bate Afterword by Liz Wells Series edited by Alfredo Cramerotti

£45.00 | 300 pages | 15 Dec 2020

A collection that combines visual works with critical essays around the theme of everyday life to explore the concept of otherness and highlight photography as a form of critical practice. Put together in this way, the book images and text work in dialogue with one another to construct a new perspective on questions of otherness and alterity.

A collection that combines visual works with critical essays around the theme of everyday life to explore the concept of otherness and highlight photography as a form of critical practice. Put together in this way, the book images and text work in dialogue with one another to construct a new perspective on questions of otherness and alterity.

The ‘other’ is a topic of great interest within and across contemporary photographic practice and theory, yet it remains neglected outside the now well-established field of postcolonial studies. This volume brings together photography and written essays that relate to aspects of otherness and visual work. Presented together, the images and critical writings work in concert to construct a new social perspective on questions of otherness and alterity and to highlight photography as a form of critical practice.

In a departure from existing conceptions of otherness in postcolonial discourse, Photography as Critical Practice places emphasis on the human condition not as a liberal concept, but as something formed and framed by a broader dimension of social, sexual and cultural otherness. In this way, the book provides a fascinating new vista on the otherness of photography.

New exhibitions and forthcoming events at MOSTYN from November 2020

Posted in nEws and rEleases by alcramer on November 9, 2020

A new exhibition season at MOSTYN.  Exhibition Dates:
14 November 2020 – 18 April 2021

HANNAH QUINLAN AND ROSIE HASTINGS
In My Room / Yn Fy ‘Stafell

Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Republic, 2020. Fresco. Court. the artists & Arcadia Missa. 

Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery, In My Room is presented in partnership with MOSTYN and Humber Street Gallery, Hull.

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ first solo institutional exhibition In My Room brings together film, fresco painting and works on paper. As a new body of work, In My Room develops the artists’ inquiry into the politics, histories and aesthetics of queer spaces and culture. This inquiry builds on their travels across the UK whilst making ‘UK Gay Bar Directory (UKGBD)’ 2016, a moving image archive of gay bars, responding to the systematic closure of LGBTQ+ dedicated social spaces. To Quinlan and Hastings, it became apparent through this research that the gay scene caters predominantly to white gay men. This prompted them to consider how this scene strengthens the historic male access to capital and power within the urban landscape.

Rosanna Mclaughlin as been commissioned by Focal Point Gallery to write an accompanying essay, ‘Now You See Me’. Please see her essay in here. Curator: Juliette Desorgues, Curator of Visual Arts, MOSTYN.

NICK HORNBY
Zygotes and Confessions / Sygotau a Chyfaddefiadau 

Nick Hornby, Joe (Resting Leaf), 2020. Resin, ink, lacquer. Courtesy the artist.

Supported by The Moondance Foundation.

Hornby brings high-tech processes to figuration, pulling historical, material forms into the era of screen culture. His works defy conventional distinctions of form and media and  exhibit instead what Hornby terms ‘meta-cubism.’ In this pluralistic approach to perception neither image nor form takes centre stage. The sculptures are produced using digital and industrial processes, but retain the artist’s touch through their final process whereby a liquified image is applied to each work. Gender and sexual identity are explored by the artist in this new series for the first time. Whilst Hornby’s work has previously resisted autobiographical connotations here he explores a sense of personal intimacy or ‘confessions.’

Curator: Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN. A monograph on Nick Hornby, edited by Matt Price, will be published by Anomie in 2021. An exhibition catalogue of Zygotes and Confessions is available for sale at MOSTYN shop from December 2020.

RICHARD WATHEN
New Eyes Every Time / Llygaid Newydd Bob Tro

Richard Wathen, Sleeping after P.G., 2019. Oil on linen over aluminium. Courtesy the artist.

Rooted in the historical canon of painting, Wathen’s work focuses largely on portraiture, depicting figures in states of hesitation and contemplation: listening at walls, pretending to sleep, moon bathing, or engaging in other apparent states of uncertainty. Wathen’s works depict the tumultuous and complex array of human emotions, from anxiety and sorrow to despair, brought on by the socio-economic pressures of contemporary living. The intensity created through the use of small details is powerful and emotional as an expressive gesture. His works subvert the genre of figurative painting through a bold play between figuration and abstraction, between the solid density of the matt surface and the fragility of the figures represented.

Curator:  Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN. An exhibition catalogue of New Eyes Every Time is available for sale from MOSTYN shop from February 2021. 

DIGITAL PROGRAMME Autumn 2020:

QUEER IS NOT A LABEL
23 November – 28 November 2020

QUEER IS NOT A LABEL, is a series of six online performances to be published here on MOSTYN’s website, and on our Instagram channel at 6pm (GMT) daily from 23rd to 28th November 2020.  

graphic image for QUEER IS NOT A LABEL

www.mostyn.org/event/queer-not-label

Supported by Fluxus Art Projects.

QUEER IS NOT A LABEL is a series of events at the crossroads between art, music and performance, initiated and founded in Paris in 2019 by Kévin Blinderman (artist, curator) and Paul-Alexandre Islas (artist, sex worker, DJ), that supports and celebrates radical gender-questioning artists. For this collaboration with MOSTYN, the series includes online performances by Noemi, DJ Fingerblast, Nuh Peace, Bunny Intonamorous, Neurokill, and TRISTAN.

LUMIN RADIO: LOCAL 37
7, 14, 21 December 2020

MOSTYN presents Local 37, a three-part radio series developed in collaboration with LUMIN, an artist-run radio and publisher led by Sadia Pineda Hameed and Beau W Beakhouse.

LUMIN image

www.mostyn.org/event/lumin-radio-local-37

This project was made possible through funding from the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Fund.

The radio series will be broadcast weekly on 7th, 14th and 21st December 2020 at 6pm GMT and will be hosted here on MOSTYN’s website. A full line-up of contributors will be announced shortly.

Local 37 is a fictional underground radio station transmitting dialogue and strategies for the artist as worker. Inspired by the Filipino Labour Union founded in the US in 1933, later called ‘Local 37’, and Carlos Bulosan’s short text ‘The Writer as Worker’, this radio series inhabits the intersections of creation, transmission, and anti-colonial and working-class collectivisation. Local 37 is a manifesto for the artist, building ‘a world of mutual cooperation, mutual protection, mutual love.’

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