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Public Lecture by Marco Scotini/ The Curatorial Course "What Could/Should Curating Do?" / Salon of the MoCAB, Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Talk programs | 12.10.2019




Public Lecture by Mario Scotini
Starting from the Desert
Curatorial Course
What Could/Should Curating Do?

The Salon of the MoCAB (Pariska 14)
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Marco Scotini’s lecture expands upon the research undertaken during the curation of the second Yinchuan Biennale, that has taken place from June to September 2018. Scontini, the Biennale artistic director will present a new concept of the environment and the role contemporary art can play when it engages the extra-disciplinary, in a world where multiple species are at the edge of extinction.

In its thematic constellation, the presentation will address the relationship between nomadic space and rural space (as semiotics of subjectification), labor-in-nature and nature-in-labor (as forms of production), voice and book (as forms of expression), minorities and multiplicities (as forms of social assemblage). Scotini will argue how in this project, new paradigms that inform our understanding of living systems are not reduced to the subject matter of the Biennale but are rather employed to question the limits of the exhibition format in order to eventually produce a new ecological model for exhibitions. Situating a biennial, just as Donna Haraway talks of ‘situated knowledge’, means liberating oneself from all the principles based on neutrality, objectivity and universalism. Scotini presents a two-pronged method that serves as a sort of navigational compass. It is based, on one hand, on defining a curatorial observation point (what he calls a topographical point of view) and, on the other, on adopting an archaeology of knowledge, a concept of philosopher Michel Foucault.

Marco Scotini is a curator, writer, and art critic based in Milan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan. Since 2004, he has been Head of the Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies Department at NABA, Milan-Rome and, since 2014, he has been Head of Exhibitions Program at Parco Arte Vivente (PAV), Turin. During his career, Scotini has curated more than 200 solo exhibitions of artists and has collaborated with art institutions such as Documenta (2017); MSU, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2015); SALT, Istanbul (2014); Castello di Rivoli (2013); Raven Row, London (2013); Bildmuseet Umeå (2012); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011); Manifesta (2009); and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2007), and many more. He curated the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and co-curated the 1st edition of the Anren Biennale, China, in 2017. Scotini has been Artistic Director of the 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (2018), titled Starting from the Desert. Ecologies on the Edge. He is currently working on the exhibition The Missing Planet. Visions and Revisions of Soviet Times that will open in November at Museo Pecci in Prato. He is author and editor of the many books and publications including: “Politics of Memory: Documentary and Archive” (DeriveApprodi, Rome 2014, and Archive Books, Berlin 2015); “Deimantas Narkevičius. Da Capo. Fifteen Films” (Archive Books, Berlin 2015); “Artecrazia: Macchine espositive e governo dei pubblici” (DeriveApprodi, Roma 2016), “Politiques de la végétation: Pratiques artistiques, stratégies communautaires, agroécologie” (Eterotopia France, Paris 2017).

The event is free and open to the public.

The WCSCD curatorial course and series of public lectures have been initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric.

The lecture by Marco Scotini is generously supported by Instituto Italiano di Cultura in Belgrade

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