EDITION 46

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MAGAZIN
12.11.2015

KADER ATTIA
YTO BARRADA
MOHAMED BOUROUISSA
NIDHAL CHAMEKH
TANJA DEMAN
ALEKSANDAR DURAVCEVIC
HARIS EPAMINONDA
STELIOS FAITAKIS
MONA HATOUM
MATTIA INSOLERA
MARK MANGION
MOUNIRA AL SOLH
FRANCESC RUIZ
WAEL SHAWKY

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Still from Border Stories 2013

THE VOICES OF THE SIRENS
CURATED BY ALESSANDRO CASTIGLIONI, RITA CANAREZZA & PIER PAOLO CORO

LISTEN TO THE SIRENS / LITTLE CONSTELLATION SPACE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, GIBRALTAR
23.7.2015 - 21.8.2015

AMBROSE AVELLANO
CANAREZZA & CORO
MARTINA CONTI
CREATIVE GIBRALTAR
NINA DANINO
HEKLA DÖGG JÓNSDÓTTIR
DORIS DRESCHER
BARBARA GEYER
IRENA LAGATOR
LITO KATTOU & LEONTIOUS TOUMPORIS
MARK MANGION WITH AAU ANASTAS
INGIBJÖRG MAGNADÓTTIR
PIERRE PORTELLI
MIKI TALLONE

The exhibition is divided into three thematic sections in two exhibitions venues.
At the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery, present the first two sections of the exhibition:
- Closest Voices will consist of site-specific works developed in Gibraltar: In a Low Voice by the Swiss artist Miki Tallone; Dancing Under the Shadows, by the Gibraltarian artist Ambrose Avellano; Spaceship Command and the installation This is Little Constellation by the duo from San Marino Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro; Magins by Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir from Iceland and Kitchen by the Gibraltarian group Creative Gibraltar.
- Othr Veoices consists of other works by artists who are particularly significant for the Little Constellation network: Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Pierre Portelli, Irena Lagator, Lito Kattou and Leontios Toumpouris, Mark Mangion, who have worked specially for The Voices of the Sirens in relation to specific features of their countries: Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta and Montenegro. At the Alameda, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens, a performance was held by the San Marino artist Martina Conti, whose action fuses the visual arts with theatre and dance.
In the spaces of Montagu Bastion, Listen to the Sirens - Space for Contemporary Arts present the third section of the exhibition, Voices from Further Away, with two works specially produced by the Republic of San Marino: the short film Distanza by the Icelandic artist Ingibjörg Magnadóttir and Sorelle Povere di Santa Chiara by the British director and filmmaker Nina Danino, a native of Gibraltar. A sound installation, built up through a deeply moving dialogue with the director of the twelve cloistered nuns of the Monastery of Santa Chiara di Valdragone in the Republic of San Marino.

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PARALLEL BORDERS 2
LANDFALL
CURATED BY MARK MANGION

Parallel Borders is an extensive cross-field collaborative platform reflecting upon geopolitical and spatial narratives and physical borders via cyber, public and other highly accessible public structures.

A series of collaborations were initiated in 2012, generating a discourse with a diversity of artists and practitioners, invited to contribute to an explorative platform of site-specific fieldwork in various regions around the world, questioning ideas of cross-field dialogue through visual culture. A journey was embarked upon, creating a foundation for historical research and anthropological mapping, storytelling and geo-political cultural examination against a backdrop of a deflating capitalism, environmental instability, technological revolution and ideas and disputes of borders; physical, territorial, scientific, philosophical.

The first edition of Parallel Borders (2012 – 2014) involved a series of projects located in major cities across Europe from Athens to Reykjavik questioning ideas of monument and power at the end of 2012.

The second edition of Parallel Borders (2014 -) -Landfall proposes 6 parallel platforms composed of visual and textual contributions, site-specific projects and collaborations with artists, architects, writers, filmmakers and other contemporary practitioners whose research and work are connected to the Middle East.

Reflecting upon complexities of borders and territoriality, referencing a multitude of rich and diverse historical contexts, this collective platform question ideas of physical and metaphorical narratives via collaborative and discursive meditations on this land and people founded upon relationships to archiving of historical, visual and philosophical connections to time, place and culture.

Thinking about ideas of architecture and community, power and fracture and strong symbols representing the landscape in contrast with social and political urbanization, a visual and textual trajectory is created.

Mapping spaces and narratives through stories and documents, Parallel Borders manifests the physical in virtual flux as a borderless and accessible platform setting out to interrogate parameters of the designed, democratised and social nature of digital space through a cumulative, adaptable and renewable structure.

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Franziska von Stenglin

PARALLEL BORDERS 1
MONUMENTS & SHRINES TO CAPITALISM

FORUM STADTPARK GRAZ, AUSTRIA
27 SEPTEMBER - 18 OCTOBER 2014

ANGELO PLESSAS Athens
SILVIA GIAMBRONE Rome
TOBIAS SPICHTIG Zurich
FRANZISKA VON STENGLIN Frankfurt
JURGEN OTS Brussels
MARK MANGION Paris / Valletta
TOM DALE London
INGIBJORG MAGNADOTTIR Reykjavik
HELMUT WEBER & SABINE BITTER Graz / Vancouver

For the final presentation of the first edition of Parallel Borders at Forum Stadtpark in Graz and part of the 2014 Steirischer Herbst Festival, the history and documentation of the public project are renegotiated in the gallery space as a cancelled out and remapped and mythical process of the original document. The exhibition presents a series of films, objects, images and performance throughout the interior of the gallery and in specific exterior spaces of the park.

The first edition of Parallel Borders, Monuments & Shrines to Capitalism proposes a collaboration with 8 artists in 8 cities in Europe at the end of 2012. This cross-border project questions ideas of consumption and power, protest and awakening, pilgrimage and fracture, architecture, monument and shrine reflecting a decay in western culture propelled by an addiction to capitalism. Commencing in Athens, a journey to Reykjavik via stops in many of the most significant cultural, political, historical and financial cities of Europe was embarked upon marking a cacophonous and politically engaged fault line from South East to North West Europe. Questioning capitalist monoliths, a series of temporary projects were created engaging with public, private and virtual spaces. Working with deliberately low production values in various media, these public interventions sought contrasting interactions with various elements of these cities projecting a temporal destabilization of an urban fabric and community.

Parallel Borders is an extensive cross-field collaborative platform reflecting upon geopolitical and spatial narratives and physical borders via cyber, public and other highly accessible public structures. Repositioning works, employing various media including architecture, film, text, objects and images, craft and performance, these are collectively mapped out via a continuous virtual space, founded upon relationships to archiving of historical, visual and philosophical connections to time, place and change. Thinking about ideas of adaptable space in flux and ideas of renewal, the project sets out to question parameters of interdisciplinary platforms and the renegotiation of the physical within the context of virtual space and vice versa.

A series of collaborations were initiated in 2012, generating a discourse with a diversity of artists and practitioners from other fields, invited to contribute to an explorative platform of site-specific fieldwork in various regions around the world. A journey was embarked upon, creating a foundation for historical research and anthropological mapping, storytelling and geo-political cultural examination against a backdrop of a deflating capitalism, environmental instability, technological revolution and ideas and disputes of borders; physical, territorial, scientific, philosophical.

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The Sea is my Land
Curated by Francesco Bonami & Emanuela Mazzonis
Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy
2014
Catalogue: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore (2013)

Ammar Abd Rabbo, Yuri Ancarani, Taysir Batniji, Mohamed Bourouissa, Marie Bovo, Aleš Bravnicar, Stéphane Couturier, Fouad Elkoury, Mounir Fatmi, Dor Guez, Adelita Husni-Bey, Mouna Karray, Panos Kokkinias, Irena Lagator Pejovic, David Maljkovic, Mark Mangion, Mladen Miljanovic, Moataz Nasr, Adrian Paci, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Agnès Roux, Arslan Sukan

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EcransMed Film Festival
Cinématheque Québécoise, Montreal, Canada
2014

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Border Stories (2013)

Thessaloniki Biennale: 4 of Contemporary Art
Everywhere But Now
Curated by Adelina Von Fürstenberg

Thessaloniki State Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece
18.09.2013 - 17.01.2014

Opening 18.09.2013
Catalogue: Thessaloniki Biennale: 4 of Contemporary Art

Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, John Armleder, Maja Bajevic, Bill Balaskas, Lenora de Barros, Beforelight, Jacques Berthet, Nigol Bezjian, Mohamed Bourouissa, Marie Bovo, David Casini, Sheba Chhachhi, Claire Fontaine, Jordi Colomer, Marta Dell’Angelo, Desertmed Collective, Haris Epaminonda, Inci Eviner, Ymane Fakhir, Parastou Forouhar, Apostolos Georgiou, Khaled Jarrar, Hüseyin Karabey, Gülsün Karamustafa, Iseult Labote, Ange Leccia, Los Carpinteros, DeAnna Maganias, Marcello Maloberti, Miltos Manetas, Mark Mangion, Liliana Moro, Adrian Paci, Rosana Palazyan, Jafar Panahi, Maria Papadimitriou, Dan & Lia Perjovschi, Paris Petridis, Ivan Petrovic, Khalil Rabah, Philip Rantzer, Zineb Sedira, Veronica Smirnoff, Priscilla Tea, Panos Tsagaris, Maria Tsagkari, Gal Weinstein, Peter Wüthrich, Raed Yassin, Yiorgis Yerolymbos, Vasilis Zografos

Everywhere but Now closely relates the question of space (Everywhere) of different genius loci in the Mediterranean area with the question of time (now) of creation in our contemporary world. It’s in fact, Ernst Jungers’s Hic et nunc that in the "Treaty of Rebel" describes the rebel as an independent and free man of action, very similar to the artist’s condition. Everywhere but Now broadens also the concept of hic (space) and nunc (time) by giving a wider significant: a vision that adheres to the ideals of existentialism and recognizes man’s fragility in his condition over: the Being there, Dasein of Heidegger. In addition, we can perceive in the title the fundamental character of Dasein as Being-in-the-world, in taking the world as horizon of the project.

“The Mediterranean Sea is similar to a belt encircling the center of the world.”
Aelius Aristides (AD 117 - 181)

The Mediterranean Sea has always been a place of exchanges. Around the “Mare Nostrum” several civilizations have contributed to the growth and the political, economical, artistic and technological development of the area. On the other hand, its borders are observatories of certainties and perplexities, of difference between nations, religions, and cultures, areas of geographical and historical contacts between wealth and poverty, political stability and insecurity.
In this perspective, we are witnesses since decades, of a succession of crises and civil wars all around the Mediterranean Sea. The natural environment as well is constantly hit by the violence, e.g., the forests of cedars of Lebanon are totally destroyed by the war that ravaged the country. The war in Syria is decimating the population and polluting its territory with the tangible remnants of violent confrontations. The oil spill in the transportation of fuel frequently causes adverse effects on natural resources of the sea, besides the various fires ravaging every year the coasts of the Mediterranean and destroying olive groves, vineyards and countryside. In the last few years we are also facing heavy economic crises as well as identity crises all over in the main Mediterranean areas.
To the question: can we consider artistic creation as a valuable source of identified resistance and a modern challenge to this disorientation? In other words, which is and will be the role of art in the visible transformation of our contemporary world, particularly in countries around the Mediterranean?
The routes that cross the Mediterranean once belonged to the merchants, pirates and conquerors, have become today, for the artists of this area, the routes towards knowledge and creativity.
Thus, here, the arts (visual arts, cinema, music, poetry,..) are more than elsewhere, one of the most effective tools to foster the development of human relations, and especially in the actual context of political, ideological or social cleavages. Meanwhile, through their universal language, the artists are giving us a better understanding of ourselves, others, and of the much larger human landscape in which we operate.
We all know that the Mediterranean Sea is much more than a geographical expression. Referring to the amalgams of peoples, cultures and mentalities, it is a door open between East and West; a meeting point of three continents, Africa, Asia, and Europe. In the west Gibraltar connects the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean. In the northeast the Marmara Sea, the Dardanelles, and the Bosporus link it with the Black Sea and Central Asia. The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean with the Red Sea in the southeast. In this context, in addition of Greek and Mediterranean artists that I will select, the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art will also include artists coming from other continents, as well as from other generations, using different languages.
The works of art will be installed with a specific curatorial criterion based on the respect of the environment, the architecture of the proposed spaces, the past and present history of Thessaloniki as well as on the links between the different languages.
In the register of wonder that true art is for every human being, I wish to make the 4 th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art an interactive, powerful and subtle artistic face-to-face, where the public, in meeting the artists and their work and exchanging experiences and knowledge, will rediscover today’s composite artistic realities around the Mediterranean, and further more.

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Parallel Borders / Monuments & Shrines to Capitalism
Curated by Mark Mangion

Angelo Plessas (Athens)
Silvia Giambrone (Rome)
Tobias Spichtig (Zurich)
Franziska von Stenglin (Frankfurt)
Jürgen Ots (Brussels)
Mark Mangion (Paris)
Tom Dale (London)
Ingibjörg Magnadóttir (Reykjavik)

Co-curator: Natalia Avlona

ReMap 4
15 Leonidou
3rd Floor
Kerameikos Metaxourgeio
Athens, Greece
8 - 30 September, 2013
Opening 8 September 17:00 - 22:00
http://www.remapkm.org

MONUMENTS & SHRINES TO CAPITALISM is an artist-curatorial collaboration with 8 artists in 8 cities in Europe at the end of 2012. This cross-border project questions ideas of consumption and power, protest and awakening, pilgrimage and fracture, architecture, monument and shrine reflecting a decay in western culture propelled by an addiction to capitalism. Commencing in Athens, a journey to Reykjavik via stops in many of the most significant cultural, political, historical and financial cities of Europe was embarked upon marking a cacophonous and politically engaged fault line from South East to North West Europe.
Questioning capitalist monoliths, a series of fleeting projects were created engaging with public, private and virtual spaces. Working with deliberately low production values in various media, these public interventions sought contrasting interactions with various elements of these cities resulting in a temporal destabilization of an urban fabric and community.

For ReMap 4, Parallel Borders / Monuments & Shrines to Capitalism is repositioned from its Pan-European site-specificity to an abandoned apartment in the deprived neighbourhood of Kerameikos-Metaxourgeio in Athens, Greece. Having spanned 8 cities starting in Athens and ending in Reykjavik, the project returns to Athens proposing a re-contextualised relationship to place and time. Preserved in its current shell form, Greek curator Natalia Avlona is invited to assume the role of custodian to this flat and executor of each artist’s research. Throughout ReMap4, she becomes occupier of this space, creating a series of objects, images and re-enactments based on sets of instructions forwarded by the 8 artists. Via this process of transferral she is engaged in her own interpretation of these instructions, eventually seeking insertion for them within this vacant place. Maintaining an element of flux and excluding any technological function, this collection of tactile, low-fi objects and interventions become interchangeable remnants and relics of individual narratives connected to place by the artist via her mediation.

Parallel Borders is a nomadic project for interdisciplinary research created as an artist / curatorial partnership between Mark Mangion and Malta Contemporary Art.

A series of collaborations were initiated in 2012, generating a discourse with a diversity of artists and practitioners from other fields, invited to contribute to an explorative platform of site-specific fieldwork in various regions around the world, questioning ideas of cross-field dialogue through visual culture. A journey was embarked upon, creating a foundation for historical study and anthropological mapping, storytelling and geo-political cultural examination against a backdrop of a deflating capitalism, environmental instability, technological revolution and ideas and disputes of borders; physical, territorial, scientific, philosophical.

This network of collaborators are invited to collectively question and respond to specific geopolitical thematic trajectories culminating in a series of texts, films, events, photographs, sound works, drawings, collected and constructed objects, cyber spaces, performances, actions, workshops and gatherings, architectural and digital models and other. For each new project the selected collaborators re-examine the parameters, patterns and crossovers of their own individual field of research within a group dynamic and connected to place, time and culture. Questions of social and transcultural context are investigated through the collective effort and notions of community.

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UNION 2012

The Sea is my Land
Curated by Francesco Bonami & Emanuela Mazzonis

MAXXI, Rome, Italy

3.07.2013 - 29.09.2013
Opening 03.07.2013
Catalogue: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore (2013)

Ammar Abd Rabbo, Yuri Ancarani, Taysir Batniji, Mohamed Bourouissa, Marie Bovo, Aleš Bravnicar, Stéphane Couturier, Fouad Elkoury, Mounir Fatmi, Dor Guez, Adelita Husni-Bey, Mouna Karray, Panos Kokkinias, Irena Lagator Pejovic, David Maljkovic, Mark Mangion, Mladen Miljanovic, Moataz Nasr, Adrian Paci, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Agnès Roux, Arslan Sukan

A thousand things together. Not one landscape, but countless landscapes. Not one sea, but a progression of seas. Not one civilisation, but a series of civilisations piled one on top of the other.”
Fernand Braudel

The Mediterranean: 46,000 km of coastline linking twelve inland seas, the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, and two cultural hemispheres – east and west. As well as being a geographical entity, the Mediterranean Sea is a crossroads for peoples, cultures, religions, languages and political and economic systems. Its coasts are a point of encounter between civilisations that are constantly coming together or moving apart, communicating or clashing, forging relations that are not always peaceful. This area was the cradle for the world’s most ancient cultures: Western Christian, Greek-Slavonic, Jewish, Arab and Egyptian, and its coasts are dotted with historic cities that played a key role in economics, commerce and culture: Barcelona, Seville, Venice, Genoa, Istanbul, Marseilles, Tunis and Alexandria. This basin is home to the world’s richest artistic heritage, from archaeological sites to the cities of art of the past and future, that continue to bear witness to urban and cultural transformations. The migration flows that since time immemorial have invaded and crossed the area from north to south, east to west, mingle the many racial identities present in these areas and give rise to encounters that can lead to new understandings, or discord and tensions, forging new social and cultural trajectories. Unfortunately these encounters often run the risk of turning into civil conflicts and generating interminable political clashes. This basin of social, economic, political and cultural revolutions spawns radical, ongoing transformations that continue to reflect the complexity of cultural integration between different peoples. In this milieu of constant change, the Mediterranean is also an arena for cultural dialogue, where the impartiality of art has the power to overcome social barriers, religious pluralism and ethnic dispersion, and foster peaceful communication among those concerned. The exhibition The Sea is My Land came about with these ideas in mind, bringing together 22 artists from the 22 countries that are bordered by the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The aim is to foster dialogue between arts, countries and people, exploring the distances and relationships between different geographical areas. The exhibition looks to photography and video to reveal the ongoing interactions between these numerous nationalities: the works reveal how artists originally from one country migrate elsewhere to study, analyse and narrate events going on in countries similar or different to their own. The works go beyond political and geographical confines, as the artists grapple with critical situations to reflect on local identities and the changes wrought by every revolution. As the etymological origin of the word Mediterranean shows – medius, ‘middle, between’ + terra, ‘land, earth’ – this area is a crucial intersection that lies at the heart of complex social and cultural mechanisms, multiple ideologies, singular affinities and heterogeneous harmonies: forces that make it an enduring source of inspiration for art.

Braudel, Fernand, La Méditerranée, Flammarion, Paris, 1985

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Subjective Maps / Disappearance
Curated by Halldór Björn Runólfsson, Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro
National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
17.05.2013 - 30.07.2013

Opening 17.05.2013
Catalogue: Moussepublishing, Milano, Italy

Danil Akimov, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson, Katerina Attalidou, Daniel Arellano Mesina, Eve Ariza, Sigtriggur Berg Sigmarsson, Justine Blau, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, Dustin Cauchi, Johan Martin Christiansen, Nina Danino, Oppy De Bernardo, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Doris Drescher, Barbara Geyer, Helena Guardia, Unn Joensen, Irena Lagator, Victoria Leonidou, Simon Le Ruez, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Mark Mangion, Lorella Mussoni & Pier Giorgio Albani, Teodora Nikcevic, Minna Öberg, Bjargey Olafsdóttir, Maria Petursdottir, Pierre Portelli, Agnès Roux, Eric Snell, Miki Tallone, Jelena Tomaševic, Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, Natalija Vujoševic, Martin Walch, Trixi Weis

The new exhibition project of the network Little Constellation - Contemporary Art in micro-geo-cultural areas and the small states of Europe, to be held at the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavik, May 18, 2013, starts with the idea of building an open and plural device capable of recounting the different identities that characterize the real patrimony of artistic and cultural contributions in the Little Constellation network.
The artists invited to participate in the exhibition were invited to create a Bookwork-Fanzine as a means of storytelling, visual and narrative, of their personal identity, but also in relation to the socio-cultural context in which they operate.

This particular dynamic is very much present in the legends and mythology of Iceland: It has always been the archetype of a need to be able to imagine and tell stories. Visible and invisible beings are hidden and freed from the unconscious but at the same time they belong to the depths of human experience. These evocations and feelings are now even more aspects of a need to preserve forms of the imaginary which in the real belong to us and enable us to redevelop the forms of the present.”
The idea of disappearance, as well as having a metaphorical connotation, is also interesting with respect to a socio-political and economic condition. Today, can a community, embedded in a context of international institutions, fear its own cancellation? For an individual inserted in a social system, what does it mean to disappear?

The idea of “disappearance” transmitted and conceptualized by Halldor Bjorn Runolfsson, in the laboratory with Little Constellation held at the National Gallery of Iceland in November 2011, was conceived for the next exhibition of the network Little Constellation - Contemporary Art in the geo- cultural micro-areas and small states of Europe, which will open at the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavik in May 2013.
This particular dynamic, very much present in Icelandic legends and mythology, as Pier Paolo Coro writes, “has always been the archetype of the need to be able to imagineand tell stories. Visible and invisible beings are concealed and liberated from the unconscious but at the same time belong to the depths of human experience. These impressions and sensations are today even more aspects of a need to preserve forms of the imagination that in reality belong to us and enable us to revise the forms of the present.”
The workshop, held on February 5, 2012, at the Museum of Villa Croce in Genoa, focused on some of the principal axes from which to develop this research devoted to “disappearance”.
The first of these ideas is associated with a metaphorical connotation and related to a socio-political and economic condition of the idea of extinction. Today can a community, embedded in a context of international institutions, fear elimination? For an individual inserted in a social system, what does disappearing mean? Together with this account, and starting from the suggestion of Vladimir Propp’s text “The Historical Roots of the Wonder Tale”, other fields of discussion were developed including:
- disappearance and the need for narrative, written or oral transmission, experience and history;
- the relationship between humanity and nature, through the allegory, for example, of the magical forest and the transfigured value of common objects;
- disappearance as movement and thus travel as a source of knowledge and the ship as an image of this route;
the ties between disappearance and the affirmation of the existence of another metaphysical world;
disappearance and nostalgia;
- disappearance and desire.
- These traces are the starting points for the opening of a phase of discussion and debate with all the artists involved in the project, which will lead to the production of a series of new works specially conceived for this exhibition.

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UNION
High Definition Video
23'
2012

UNION is a film contemplating a journey documenting the project MONUMENTS & SHRINES TO CAPITALISM (2012-13) which proposes an artist-curatorial collaboration with 8 artists in 8 cities in Europe at the end of 2012, questioning ideas of consumption and power, protest and awakening, pilgrimage and fracture, architecture, monument and shrine reflecting a decay in western culture propelled by an addiction to capitalism. Commencing in Athens, a collaborative journey to Reykjavik via stops in many of the most significant cultural, political, historical and financial cities of Europe was embarked upon marking a cacophonous fault line from Southeast to Northwest Europe.
Questioning capitalist monoliths, a series of one-day projects were created engaging with public spaces and social environments. Working with deliberately low production values in various media, these public interventions sought contrasting interactions with various elements of these cities resulting in a temporal destabilization of an urban fabric and community.
Parallel Borders is an itinerant artist / curatorial project created by Mark Mangion for Malta Contemporary Art. A series of year-long collaborations was initiated in 2012, generating a discourse with a diversity of artists and practitioners from other fields invited to contribute to an explorative platform of site-specific fieldwork in various regions around the world, questioning ideas of cross-field dialogue through visual culture. An ambitious, epic global journey will be embarked upon, creating a foundation for historical study and anthropological mapping, storytelling and geo-political cultural examination against a backdrop of a deflating capitalism, environmental instability, technological revolution and ideas and disputes of borders; physical, territorial, scientific, philosophical. This network of collaborators are invited to collectively question and respond to specific geopolitical thematic trajectories culminating in a series of texts, films, events, photographs, sound works, drawings, collected and constructed objects, cyber spaces, performances, actions, workshops and gatherings, architectural and digital models and other. In each project the selected collaborators re-examine the parameters, patterns and crossovers of their own individual field of research within a group dynamic and connected to place, time and culture.

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New Exhibition Catalogue

The Land Seen From The Sea
Little Constellation

Mousse Publishing Milano
2012
www.moussepublishing.com

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/ PARALLEL BORDERS /

1 / MONUMENTS & SHRINES TO CAPITALISM (2012)

MONUMENTS & SHRINES TO CAPITALISM (2012) is a an artist-curatorial collaboration with 8 artists in 8 cities in Europe at the end of 2012. This cross-border project questions ideas of consumption and power, protest and awakening, pilgrimage and fracture, architecture, monument and shrine reflecting a decay in western culture propelled by an addiction to capitalism.

Commencing in Athens, a collaborative journey to Reykjavik via stops in many of the most significant cultural, political, historical and financial cities of Europe was embarked upon marking a cacophonous and politically engaged fault line from South East to North West Europe.

Questioning capitalist monoliths, a series of one-day projects were created engaging with public spaces and architecture. Working with deliberately low production values in various media, these public interventions sought contrasting interactions with various elements of these cities resulting in a temporal destabilization of an urban fabric and community.

Angelo Plessas / Athens

Silvia Giambrone / Rome

Tobias Spichtig / Zurich

Franziska von Stenglin / Frankfurt

Jürgen Ots / Brussels

Mark Mangion / Paris

Tom Dale / London

Parallel Borders is an itinerant laboratory for interdisciplinary research created as an artist / curatorial partnership between Mark Mangion and Malta Contemporary Art.

A series of year-long collaborations will be initiated in 2012, generating a discourse with a diversity of artists and practitioners from other fields invited to contribute to an explorative platform of site-specific fieldwork in various regions around the world, questioning ideas of cross-field dialogue through visual culture. An ambitious, epic global journey will be embarked upon, creating a foundation for historical study and anthropological mapping, storytelling and geo-political cultural examination against a backdrop of a deflating capitalism, environmental instability, technological revolution and ideas and disputes of borders; physical, territorial, scientific, philosophical.

This network of collaborators will be invited to collectively question and respond to specific geopolitical thematic trajectories culminating in a series of texts, films, events, photographs, sound works, drawings, collected and constructed objects, cyber spaces, performances, actions, workshops and gatherings, architectural and digital models and other. In each project the selected collaborators will re-examine the parameters, patterns and crossovers of their own individual field of research within a group dynamic and connected to place, time and culture.

Parallel Borders commences in 2012 with Monuments and Shrines to Capitalism, a collaborative pilgrimage marking a fault line across Europe from Athens to Reykjavik, reflecting upon ideas of capitalism and social and political change culminating in a series of site-specific actions in public spaces as well as a curated collection of actions, objects, films, and images. Questions of social and transcultural context will be investigated, through the collective effort and notions of community.

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EU - 27 countries, 27 artists
Museum Tongerlohuys, Roosendaal, Holland
17.03.2012 - 17.06.2012

Opening 17.03.2012

Thierry De Cordier BE, Nedko Solakov BG, Haris Epaminonda CY, Rannva Kunoy DK, Wilhelm Mundt DE, Katja Novitskova EE, Esko Männikkö FI, Anne-Marie Schneider FR, Deanna Maganias EL, Ádám, Kokesch HU, Eoin Mc Hugh IE, Paolo Piscitelli IT, Janis Avotins LV, Ricardas Vaitiekunas LT, Tina Gillen LU, Mark Mangion MT, Aaron van Erp NL, Franz West AT, Anna Ostoya PL, Joao Luís Bento PT, Anna, Bella Papp RO, Isvan Ist Huzjan SI, Lucia Nimcowa SK, Pere Llobera ES, Alice Nikitinova CZ, GL Brierley UK, Anna Bjerger SE

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Little Constellation – The land seen from the sea
Curated By Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, Roberto Daolio, Francesca Serrati
Villa Croce Museum for Contemporary Art, Genoa, Italy

4.2.2012 - 4.5.2012
Opening 4.2.2012

Mussoni & Alban, Yuula Benivolski, Justine Blau, Canarezza & Coro, Martina Conti, Nina Danino, Hekla Dogg Jonsdottir, Doris Drescher, Haris Epaminonda, Paradise Consumer Group, Xenia Uranova, Irena Lagator, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Mark Mangion, Agnès Roux, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Pierre Portelli, Luigi Presicce, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson, Giancarlo Norese e Umberto Cavenago, Trixie Weis, Martin Walch, Anna Hilti, Miki Tallone, Jose Ramón Lozano

Little Constellation is a project and an international network for contemporary art, which focuses its research on the symbolic sensitivity of the geographic dimension. Highlighting the different possible relationship between the geo-cultural centres and peripheries, through a plan of knowledge taken to the extreme of opposition and resistance between the concepts of proximity and distance, from January 2012, at the Museo di Villa Croce in Genoa, it will present the exhibition The Land Seen from the Sea.

In this respect, The Land Seen from the Sea, will be devoted in particular to the complex theme of isolation, which finds its definition in the dimension of the island (both in geographical terms, naturally, but also on the linguistic plane).

Isolation and the network of relationships are thus intertwined as fields of a single front. "We live around a sea like frogs around a pond," declared Socrates. This brings out the fact that the peoples of antiquity owed their prosperity and relations to the great sea (almost enclosed like a pond) that is the Mediterranean. It is this duality between distance and vicinity that the research project seeks to focus on.

This research therefore focuses on the Mediterranean by starting from particularly sensitive areas, such as Montenegro, Malta, San Marino, Monaco, Cyprus, Gibraltar (UK), Ceuta (E), and also other areas with which it is possible to make cultural and geographical comparisons, such as Iceland, Luxembourg, Andorra and Liechtenstein, Canton Ticino (CH), Kaliningrad (Rus).

The Museum of Villa Croce in Genoa becomes the crossroads of these two lines: one that cuts through the Mediterranean, and the one that runs through Europe, from San Marino to Reykjavik.

The preparation of this complex project has been developed in a particular dimension of dialogue, in collaboration with different institutions and artists that for years now are collaborating with the network.

Specifically, the multiple identities of the Mediterranean will be examined through three nuclear and seminal case studies, compared with the different cultures encountered in this small basin. These three areas are: Cyprus and its relations with Oriental cultures (Turkish, Arabic and Indian); Malta as a bridge between the North African basin and continental Europe. Gibraltar (and Ceuta), and relations with the Atlantic and English-speaking cultures.

This "longitudinal" survey is interwoven with a "transversal" research project which traverses Europe, starting from San Marino, taking in Luxembourg and travelling as far as Iceland, moving along a different line drawn ideally during a series of workshops curated by Rita Canarezza, Pier Paolo Coro and Alessandro Castiglioni, which were held:
- in San Marino on 14 and 15 October 2011 at Little Constellation Library Archive; - on October 26, 2011 in Luxembourg at the MUDAM (National Museum of Modern Art of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg); and on 27 and 28 October 2011 at the Casino Luxembourg - Forum of Contemporary Art of Luxembourg; - in Iceland from 6 to 8 November 2011 at the National Gallery of Iceland and the NYLO Living Art Museum; November 17, 2011, at the Brown Project Space, in Milan, with the presentation of When In Rome by Malta Contemporary Art.

This series of workshops and presentations and, in particular, this exhibition in Genoa will provide an opportunity for new periods of research, shared creation and further opportunities for exchanging ideas and shared work between the artists, curators and art institutions involved, for the production of new projects and for future transnational activities of the Network of Little Constellation, already scheduled, including the exhibition of the Little Constellation Network, to be held in Iceland at the National Gallery of Iceland, in May - June 2013, with the Academy of Fine Arts in Reykjavik and in collaboration of other Museum of the city, during the Arts Festival in Reykjavik, one of the periods of highest international and cultural visibility of the city.

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MOVEMENT presents
Mark Mangion
A New Topography

12.01.12 - 4.02.12

Movement proudly presents an exhibition of new work by Mark Mangion; A New Topography proposes a human sense of conflict and a change in form, whether through the documentation of an architectural intervention on nature or a metaphorical allusion to political change and revolutionary states of society and culture. Focusing on a static representational image, using photographic and film based ideas of portraiture as a focal point, two separate bodies of work, function side by side while contrasting one another simultaneously.

In Hunting Towers (2010), Mangion sets out on a sequence of walks, carefully mapping out every hunting tower in his native Malta and Gozo, in a series of photographic architectural portraits of this landscape.

Hunting being one of the most topical issues on the islands with a string of aggressive actions and demonstrations supporting it, has on several occasions shed a bad light on these Mediterranean islands. In Hunting Towers each tower or hide is custom built and unique. The structures make use of a low-fi, cheap DIY monolithic aesthetic and the aggressive Eucalyptus tree, creating a new topography to a hard rocky landscape. It is this juxtaposition of a quasi-architectural folly and aggressive appropriation and demarcation throughout the landscape, creating an almost theme park effect.

In The Walk (2011), the artist travels to Tunisia in the immediate aftermath of the Tunisian Revolution. Loaded with the potential to document a volatile reality, instead he focuses on a portrait of 2 prominent figures from a new generation responsible for kicking off this first revolution, using the idea of the freedom of the walk through the downtown centre where a lot of the crucial action that toppled the ousted regime took place.

Mark Mangion (1976) lives and works in Paris & Valletta. He studied Fine Art at Parsons School of Design, New York and at The Royal College of Art in London. Recent exhibitions include Fleurnification, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Geography of Proximity, MCA, Malta and Arrivals and Departures_Europe, Mole Vanvitelliana, Italy. In 2004 he was awarded the Serenella Ciclitira prize at the Royal College of Art, London and was short-listed for Becks Futures film and video, ICA, London. He is also founder and director of the non-profit contemporary art foundation, Malta Contemporary Art, which to date has hosted 17 exhibitions involving over a 100 international artists and curators.

MOVEMENT gallery is a departure, a change, a stopover, or an arrival - it's a point along a journey and a geographically democratic site for the production and presentation of contemporary art. Opened in 2010, it is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. Initiated, run and directed by Nina Coulson and Alexander Johnson from artist collaboration Yoke and Zoom. MOVEMENT is an artist-led micro-gallery, located in what was once a redundant gentleman's toilet that fronts directly onto a busy railway station platform. Commissions are funded by Arts Council England with the support of Network Rail, London Midland and ACORP. MOVEMENT takes projects further afield by utilising the rail network across Europe and beyond as a site for art.

MOVEMENT
Last door on the left (after the information office) Platform 2, Worcester Foregate Street Railway Station, WR1 1DT. info@movementtimetable.com www.movementtimetable.com Tel. 07590075185
MOVEMENT is open: Wednesday to Saturday during exhibitions, 12 noon-5pm or by appointment.

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2011
Fleurnication: an anthology of flora and fauna'
curated by Clare Corrigan

Tasha Amini, Sven Berlin, Dirk Bell, Simon Bill, Georgie Hopton, John Leach, Mark Mangion, Ted Meuhling, Simon Periton, James Pyman, Lucy Smith, Sarah Staton, Hayley Tompkins, Rebecca Warren, Ged Wells, Wiener Werkstätte and Francesca Woodman.

In this collaborative piece, Fleurnication - an anthology of flora and fauna, Clare Corrigan examines the artists’ approach to the idea of flora and fauna as tableau and still life. The classic theme is explored by the artists through their practice using craft, humour, found objects and ready mades.
This cabinet of curiosities houses sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and embroideries created with both a naive and refined hand; including Francesca Woodmans birch tree bark bracelets, Ged Wells' Darwinian King Perdix, Lord of the Pear Trees; Simon Periton’s Secessionist inspired daschund paper cut-out, Dagobert, and Simon Bill's miniature fantastical beasts.
The flora and fauna of Fleurnication is a visual forage in its collected state - a personal survey that appeals in its spontaneity and eclecticism.

The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK
25.11.2011 - 23.12.2011
Opening 25.11.2011

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MCA Presentation of When In Rome
Brown Project Space, Milan, Italy
17.11.2011

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Symposium When In Rome / Reconsidering Site-Specificity
Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany
03.11.2011

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2010
Geography Of Proximity
curated by Roberto Daolio & Alessandro Castiglioni
Barbara Bühler, Canarezza & Coro, Giancarlo Norese & Umberto Cavenago,
Nina Danino, Haris Epaminonda, Irena Lagator, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Mark Mangion, Pierre Portelli, Trixi Weis
14.10.2010 - 14.11.2010
Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, Malta
Catalogue: 'Little Constellation' published by Mousse, Milano, Italy

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Arrivals and Departures_Europe
curated by Andrea Bruciati and Walter Gasperoni
Michaël Aerts, Sonia Almeida, Vasco Aráujo, Athanasios Argianas, Micol Assaël, Rubén Ramos Balsa, Pedro Barateiro, Matteo Bergamasco, David Bestué, Michael Beutler, Erik Binder, Primož Bizjak, Ulla von Brandenburg, Benoît Broisat, Etienne Chambaud, Jan De Cock, Vaast Colson, Iris van Dongen, Björn Dahlem, Amie Dicke, Aleana Egan, Christian Eisenberger, Haris Epaminonda, Petra Feriancova, Gerson Bettencourt Ferreira, Andreas Fogarasi, Anna Galtarossa, Cyprien Gaillard, John Gerrard, Loris Greaud, Pieterjan Ginckels, Adriá Juliá, Leopold Kessler, Kitty Krauss, Marijn Van Kreij, Miki Leal, Liisa Lounila, Constantin Luser, Benoît Maire, Mark Mangion, Isabel Nolan, João Onofre, Jürgen Ots, Katie Holten, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Pablo Pijnappel, Sara Ramo, Aurora Reinhard, Jani Ruscica, Michael Sailstorfer, Yorgos Sapountzis, Raphaël Siboni, Jari Silomäki, Alexandre Singh, Ljudmilla Socci, Diamantis Sotiropoulos, Alberto Tadiello, Magda Tóthová, Dennis Tyfus, Luca Trevisani, Alexandros Tzannis, Joao Pedro Vale, Nico Vascellari, Fabien Verschaere, Johannes Vogl, Christoph Weber, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Guido van der Werve, Alexander Wolff.
18.2.2010 - 9.5.2010
Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy
Catalogue: 'Arrivals and Departures Europe' published by Silvana Editoriale, Italy

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Little Constellation
curated by Roberto Daolio & Alessandro Castiglioni
Danil Akimov & Sound artlab, Albani & Mussoni, Sigtryggur Berg Simarsson, Barbara Bühler, Canarezza & Coro, Nina Danino, Oppy De Bernardo, Sandrine Flury, Barbara Geyer, Irena Lagator, IngibjorgMagnadottir, Mark Mangion, Christodolous Panayiotou, Paradise Consumer Group, Pierre Portelli, Quino & JuanjoOliva, Matteo Terzaghi & Marco Zurcher, Axsinja Uranova, Martin Walch, Trixi Weiss
9.3.2010 - 9.4.2010
Fabrica Del Vapore, Milan, Italy
Catalogue: 'Little Constellation' published by Mousse, Milano, Italy

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'The Grid System' A Regime
curated by Mark Mangion
Jess Flood Paddock / Spartacus Chetwynd
19.8.2010 - 26.9.2010
Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, Malta

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The Fight Against Vegetation
curated by Mark Mangion
Cyprien Gaillard
11.6.2010 - 4.7.2010
Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, Malta

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A New Generation, 10 young Maltese artists
curated by Mark Mangion
Adrian Abela, George Mario Attard, John Paul Azzopardi, Maria Bonnici, Karen Caruana, Dustin Cauchi, Selina Scerri, Teresa Sciberras, Elisa Von Brockdorff, Michael Xuereb
14.1.2010 - 7.2.2010
Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, Malta