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Exhibition closed on 5 October at Superground space, Art Kitchen, in via Bussola 4, Milan, Italy. Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm, free entry. 

View the 10 works selected by the curator Jacopo Perfetti:

Cecilia Brambilla, Italy
Photography, Un minuto all'una

Cher Brown, UK
Installation, Penelope as a Verb

Maria Grazia Cantoni, Italy
Video, il monolite

Elena Chiesa, Italy
Installation, Io sono l'altro, l'altro sono io visto dall'altro

Armida Gandini, Italy
Installation, Trovare le parole

Dawn Nye, USA
Video, American Love Story: A Landscape in Sequence

Eleonora Pecorella, UK
Photography, Another

Mairi Thomson, UK
Photography, Untitled

Dario Tironi, Italy
Installation, Evolving God

Cyryl Zakrzewski, Poland
Installation, Flow of Ego

MINE is an international call for artistic projects, curated by Jacopo Perfetti, which investigates the theme of Self as a motor of shock and change in our society.

Theme
"Contemporary art cannot overlook it’s irreverent, surging, irritating, unrepeatable, irregular, irrational, and busting nature which makes it, first of all, a living and vibrating entity, present in the streets, and above all among people. Art is not made just to be seen, but to be lived and participated. If art could speak, as is often the case, only with art-world people, it would lose its sense of being. Art is a huge explosion of self which affects everyone. A shock within the system. The only true form of global revolution. Because art belongs to everyone and is for everyone. The Dadaists said that in art the rules are like medicine, to believe this one has to be ill. I agree, we cannot put rules on the right of every human being to express his ‘self’ through art. I believe in art and in the revolutionary potential of an artist. The use of the word ‘MINE’, in English refers to the personal mine-me, the very essence of a person, his or her private self, the only really own. And ‘MINE’ in Italian refers to a land or seamine, a metaphor for the explosive personality of an artist as ungovernable as it is visionary. Because this is the true essence of an artist. His or her deep sensitivity. An artist is like a doorway which opens and sees before anyone else the depth of things and is able to explain them to the masses so as everyone can open their eyes. It’s not possible to be a part-time artist. The essence of being an artist is something which irradiates life as a whole without alternatives. An artist is not a product of himself or herself. An artist is being one’s own very life. An artist is always himself. If one thinks of an artist such as Salvador Dalì, his life can be compared to a slap in the face of daily life, a continuous celebration of himself and his world. The strength with which he mocked bourgeois society, which venerated him like a god, while he dirtied a sheet with pen and black acrylic is the synthesis of genius. An arrogant genius, and for this very reason, total, without limits, with a power to cross every institution, every commonplace. To challenge oneself without compromises with the future as one’s only conviction, to paraphrase The Clash or there will be glory or there will be death.

It is through the eccentric personality of an artist that art will return to play out its most important role. To communicate. To surprise. To shock. Because to shock is one of contemporary art’s most current concepts. A key theme to understand the dynamics which dictated the paradigms from Warhol to Hirst. The shark in formaldehyde by Hirst was created to shock. The images of prostitutes in Teheran by the Iranian artist Shirin Fakhim were made to shock. Catellan’s boy with a drum, the gigantic sculptures by Ron Mueck or the perverse works by the American artist Paul McCarthy or by the Chapman Brothers, are created to shock. To have the courage to use one’s sensitivity to change the world! Govern one’s own Explosion of Self. What better moment than this to do so. I am convinced, and I write with more of an economist’s bent than a curator’s, that the world, as we know it today, can be more easily saved by a work of art than by the nth financial budget. Capitalism has exhausted itself, the Big Other of politics and religion has abandoned us some years now, what remains is culture and its immense revolutionary power. Man does not, unfortunately, appear to have learned anything from the past. On one side of the world pieces of a wall are kept as fetishes reminding one of a shameful history, which we swear will never happen again, while on the other side of the world even higher walls are being built as though the lessons of history have simply broken-up before the arrogance of today. Its only by looking at the future that man can learn to change the present. And only artists have the necessary folly to see into the future. To conclude, with a citation from “The Warriors” by Walter Hill, if you are an artist come out and play because this is your moment.

In this call I expect to review artistic projects which are capable of slapping everyday life. I expect ideas before objects. A work of art is not an object. A work of art is a thought. A thought which can be translated into a painting on canvas as much as in a performance, a video or an installation. What is important is that art is not emptied of it’s very artistic essence. The concept that generates it. I ask you not to simply send me a work, but also a brief text explaining your thoughts behind it, and why you created it. In making my selections I will not lend so much importance to its aesthetic values, rather its value as a public work, its ability to communicate with everyone and place itself within people’s daily lives triggering thoughts and reflections."

By Jacopo Perfetti


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