MOVE W I T H (OUT) #4 VENICE 23rd and 24th November 2013

After visiting Berlin, London and Rome, the MOVE W I T H (OUT) trunk travels to the floating city of Venice in time for the finissage of the 2013 Venice Biennale.
On Saturday 23rd November at 7.00pm, the 1930s MW valise will be presented at 3D Gallery in Mestre and introduced by the performance “45 meters under the sea”.
This live performance work is realised by the group SHAKINART in collaboration with artist and Gallery Director Adolfina De Stefani and will be displayed at 3D Gallery until the 30th November.
This thought-provoking work on the contemporary dangers and sorrows of migration, is inspired by the recent news report of a boat carrying immigrants, which was wrecked in the attempt to stowaway to Italy, and caused the death of 364 people who were trying to escape north Africa.
At 3.00pm, on Sunday 24th November the MOVE W I T H (OUT) trunk will be carried through the small alleyways of Venice following the different daily paths traced in the city. i.e. students, workers, tourists and street vendors (and often illegal immigrants).Starting from Piazzale Roma, the trunk will venture into the network of “calli” (the Venetian streets) touching the hotspot of Campo Santa Margherita – Erbaria and Rialto Market, where the trunk will be open to the public – then onto San Marco Square – Accademia Bridge – Punta della Dogana.
Walking through Fondamenta delle Zattere the trunk will terminate his journey reaching the Officina delle Zattere gallery at 5.00pm where artist Adolfina De Stefani will perform the second half of the piece “PLAY IN TWO ACTS – THE JUSTICE” with the participation of Antonello Mantovani.
In this section the artist attempts to denounce ideological cruelty by actively stepping-in – taking a position. The body becomes the transmission of a narrative. It turns itself into “the place for the truth” and transforms the knowledge in acknowledgement. This representation strikes directly at the heart, in order to meditate about the reality of the tragedy, and how the notion of civil liability requires the complete undertaking of the individual responsibility and understanding of our complicity.
MOVE W I T H (OUT) is a travelling project, based on Something Human’s 2012 curated multidisciplinary exhibition W I T H (OUT) that brought together an interdisciplinary selection of artworks such as mixed media, photography, installation film, performance, talks and workshops, which questioned the notions of  “home”. Addressing an increasingly unstable global economic landscape, and drawing upon polynational understandings of the living space, the exhibition explored the ambivalent relationships between the interior and the exterior that plays out over issues such as identity, borders and migration, belonging and longing, and the tensions of navigating between the different spheres.To further this curatorial enquiry, MOVE W I T H (OUT) turned this scope upon itself by creating a portable version of the exhibition to bring the works as a temporary performative intervention to cities across the world. At each new destination city, the MOVE W I T H (OUT) trunk is carried along a planned route that moves from a central terminal to locations of socio-cultural significance, whereby the travelling exhibition is opened for short periods. Upon reaching the host gallery/art space, the exhibition trunk is displayed and a live work is performed by a local artist in response to the ‘physical’ artworks, allowing these pieces to become part of unique local-based actions that would in turn transform the trunk into an active catalyst of local political/social and artistic issues. Thereupon a work by a local artist is placed in the trunk to be taken on route, and a work from the trunk is placed in the host space. This exchange of works not only symbolizes the cross-cultural transaction but also follows the narrative of the travelling/migrating, where objects are taken up and left behind continuously.
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