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AGITATING THE STATUS QUO
Activism in art and curatorship

This course was born from the reflections of recent years on the evolution of art as an active subject of society, able to take part in cultural and social transformations and to practically agitate the status quo of our normality, with the aim to question the power structures of our interconnected present. While on the one hand street activism has evolved its communication strategies by making the communicative language of art its own, the art world has reacted by focusing the spotlight on the emerging issues of our times, with a view that is not only critical but political and finding inspiration in the images and forms of the protest. What can be the role of art in a fragile and changing present like the one we are experiencing? What are the possible ways to take part in it in a way that goes beyond the mere representation?

This course is aimed at artists and curators, but also researchers from different social fields who want to deepen their knowledge of political art and the role of artists and curators as an active part in the critical transformation of contemporary society. The convergences between the sphere of activism and that of art will be analyzed, through case studies of artists active on the political front with their practice. We will critically observe the phenomenon of aestheticization in traditional activism and try to define the differences between artistic activism and political art.

The aim of the course is to originate a critical thought in the practice of curatorship and art, undermining the role of the artist from creator of images to active figure in social transformations, through a continuous comparison between the participants and with artists invited to share their vision during online video lessons.

The course, structured in four modules, will alternate moments of deepening and sharing  with others of practical exercises for the creation and confrontation of contents.


PROGRAM


Module 1: The role of the artist in society

•The political role of art in modern and contemporary society

•The phenomenon of aesthetization 

•Cases studies of artists focused on political art in Europe

•Designing a political exhibition (1)


Module 2: Artivism and strategies of artistic activism

•Differences between Political Art and Artistic Activism

•Cases studies of artists focused on political art in Latin America

•A (video)meeting with the artist

•Designing a political exhibition (2)


Module 3: Feminists political movements in contemporary art 

•The presence and absence of women in the art system

•Curatorial activism and political exhibitions

•Cases studies of artistic groups fighting for women rights

•A (video)meeting with the artist

•Designing a political exhibition (3)


Module 4: Ecological and animal rights movements 

•The artist as activist in (or out?) the system of art

•Cases studies of artists and activists fighting for animals rights

•A (video)meeting with the artist

•Designing a political exhibition (4)


HOW TO JOIN

This course is organized by the Mexican organization Luz Viajera Art Collective with the partnership of Fusion Art Center, to take part to the seminar we direct you to their website!




TUTOR OF THE SEMINAR
GIOVANNA MAROCCOLO

In 2015 she’s co-founder of Fusion Art Center, an organization focused on research and contemporary artistic production of which today she is artistic director and president. Since 2016 she is curator of the Derma collective (https://dermaproject.tumblr.com), through which she works in the field of digital art, both visual and sound, through exhibitions and research.

Since 2018 she is co- founder of Neo, a shared space of artistic and cultural research and production, and her association’s headquarter. For Neo she was responsible for the exhibition program and training meetings dedicated to emerging artists and curators.

During the years she curated exhibitions in Italy, China and Corea and with Fusion Art Center she is also part of networks of international cultural enterprises, collaborating con independent organization in Europe and Latin America (Mexico, Colombia).

Active in the issue of animal rights, for her curating and art are practices capable of generate critical thinking and of tracing new trajectories of action related to the important issues that involve society and its present.

From 2019 she’s part of the radical editorial collective menelique magazine  (https://www.menelique.com) where she interview contemporary artist about their practice in relation with political issues.

From 2020 she collaborates as professor of Curatorial Studies and Political Art and Curatorship for Luz Viajera Collective (Mexico) and she’s living and traveling through Latin America, working with artists and local organization in order to develop her research in curatorial and artistic activism.