CITTADELLARTE – FONDAZIONE PISTOLETTO AND MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO Michelangelo Pistoletto La Conferenza, 1975 Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto Re-Birth, 2013 From La Conferenza to Cittadellarte: portraying the community In his 1975
Michelangelo Pistoletto La Conferenza, 1975
In his 1975 work, La Conferenza, Michelangelo Pistoletto reflected on the relationship between the individual and the community. “A speaker stands in front of an audience of twenty people. Everyone is given a camera. The audience takes pictures of the speaker and the speaker takes pictures of the audience at the same time. In the end the image of the speaker has been reproduced twenty times, while the entire audience has been reproduced in just a single image, taken by the lecturer. This is a snapshot of power: the entire audience is concentrated in the person of the speaker, whereas the person of the speaker is multiplied by however many people are in the audience.” In this work Michelangelo Pistoletto builds a reflection on the 1:1 relationship, considering the individual as an integral part of a community where s/he observes and acts, while at the same time that community, made up of individuals, observes him or her and acts in its turn. On the basis of this historical work we decided to construct a sort of “community portrait,” starting with the relationship between the one and the many. In this case Cittadellarte is intended as one—not an individual but a place where people create, share ideas and develop projects; and a community is represented by five former residents of UNIDEE – University of Ideas, who in turn have invited five of their contacts to join the project. In this instance the “community portrait” is created not by a single image, or a series of images that portray the individual subject, but by a relationship among individuals that develops a common concept:rebirth.
The concept has been chosen by Michelangelo Pistoletto to highlight, within a process of social change, the opportunity that art and culture have to stimulate a new interpersonal responsibility and to encourage people to promote ethical and sustainable practices with a view to sparking a cultural re-evolution.
Starting from the theme of the show, we’ve built a network portraying the relationships among people who live in different places around the world, who have participated in the activities of Cittadellarte, and who in turn have used their network of contacts, like the shoots of a rhizome, to enlarge the final image.
Juan E. Sandoval
• Yoav Weiss invites: Naomi Gerstein, Assaf Rahat, Yonat Cintra, Michal Rivlin, Ilan Dotan
• Alejandro Vasquez Salinas invites: Daniel Gil, Yesenia Rodriguez Bedoya, Víctor Muñoz, Ika Putranto, Yumemi Kobayashi
• CTRLZAK (Katia Meneghini & Thanos Zakopoulos) invites: Harris Kodosfiris, Nikos Sereal, Yuangyung, Alistair Gentry, 2:pm (Paul & Mathiew)
• Nataša Perković invites: Dragana Antonić, Amila Handžić, Renata Papišta, Dejan Slavuljica
• Chalie Jeffery invites: Aurélie Godard, Camila Oliveira Fairclough, Philippa Jeffery, Jon Lockhart, Virginie Yassef