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Dis-connect: engaging with distance in performance art / Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art



Dis-connect: engaging with distance in performance art / Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art

Dis-connect: engaging with distance in performance art / Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art

an online Webinar

December 10, at 3pm (CT)

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The Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago is presenting Dis-connect: engaging with distance in performance art, an online webinar on Dec. 10 at 3pm CT via Zoom presented within the frame of the 17th edition of Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art, an annual event dedicated to contemporary art practices and their publics, organized by the Italian Contemporary Art Museums Association (AMACI) and dedicated this year to Performative Art Practices. The initiative will include a series of international events running from December 6 through Dec 11 and organized by the Italian Cultural Institutes network.

The Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago intends to reflect on what it means to create and curate performance art while faced with the absence of public as a special condition and not a conceptual paradigm; the program aims at unveiling hurdles and opportunities that come with rethinking how we relate to others, while considering the role of new media and questions of accessibility. The presenting panel will include independent curator Mistura Allison, artist Marina Cavadini, and Asha Iman Veal, Independent Curator and Assistant Professor Adj. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The panel will be moderated by Teresa Silva, Executive Director at the Chicago Artists Coalition.


foto marinacavadiniMarina Cavadini is a research-based artist primarily working with performance, sculpture, and video. Guided by queer and feminist theory and decolonial thinking, she works to foster connections and to undo hierarchies. Marina often stages tableau vivants and she directs rhizomatic gestures in which the body is holding, wearing, and it is in the process of becoming. Their practice combines organic and inanimate matter involving processes of decadence, mimicry, and of symbiosis. With a surrealistic and erotic tone, their work invites to experience the post-natural realm with vulnerability and intimacy.  Marina holds a BFA from Brera (Milan), a MA in Curatorial Studies from NABA (Milan), and a MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a recipient of the Eldon Danhausen Fellowship for Sculpture (2017). In 2019 her project “Les Doigts En Fleur” was supported by Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo. Marina’s work has been shown in Chicago at 6018 North in partnership with Chicago Architecture Biennal, the Sullivan Galleries, Hyde Park Center, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and the Learning Machine. Marina has showed at HotHouse Series, Botanical Garden of Turin, Parco Arte Vivente, Turin; La Triennale di Milano, Residenza La Fornace; and AltaRoma Roma Fashion Week. Residencies include: Nida Art Colony, Lithuania 2020, and (upcoming) ACRE, US 2022. Marina is a member of the ALTALENA collective with whom she took part to the Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale.


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Asha Iman Veal is a curator whose work advocates cross-cultural solidarity across communities that are often kept apart by geographic or political distance. She is a Humanity in Action Landecker Democracy Senior Fellow (EU/UK/USA), and curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago).  Asha Iman's recent exhibitions include: Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part at MoCP (2022); RAISIN as a partner program of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2021); Martine Gutierrez at MoCP (2021); and Dream at Hyde Park Art Center (2021). Her previous work includes curatorial, publication, and research projects in Chicago, New York, Edinburgh, Vietnam, Juárez, Havana, and Tokyo; as well as serving as Associate Festival Producer for playwright Eve Ensler’s V-Day global movement to end violence against women and girls (New York). Since 2017 she has been faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Assistant Professor Adj., where she developed the Being a Woman of Color in the Arts course, as well as leads undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Arts Administration & Policy. Asha Iman advocates for the nonprofit arts and education sector as a member of the BMW Foundation's Responsible Leaders Network (global table) and Transatlantic Core Group (Germany/US), as well as a new member of the Board of Heaven Gallery (Chicago). She completed her B.A. at The Gallatin School at New York University, in "Writing, Culture & Identity"; her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing at The New School; and an M.A. in Arts Administration & Policy at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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Mistura Allison is the founder of ashikọ - a visually driven platform inspired by Africa and its Diaspora. She's an independent researcher, curator and art historian. She has delivered projects with the National Gallery in Rome, Victoria & Albert Museum, Venice Biennale and Serendipity. Mistura's curatorial practice is fueled by her interest in representing the plurality of contemporary Afro-Diasporic visual and oral productions.


teresa headshot 2020Teresa Silva is a writer, curator, and the Executive and Artistic Director of the Chicago Artists Coalition. She has lectured widely at places such as the Artist Communities Alliance national conference, the School of the Art Institute, and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency; and, she has curated numerous exhibitions at venues like the Chicago Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, and EXPO CHICAGO. In 2019, Teresa was named #6 on the Art 50 list published by Newcity for her influence and contributions to working with artists in the city of Chicago.



Register for the online Webinar at this link.



Data: Ven 10 Dic 2021

Orario: Alle 15:00

Organizzato da : Italian Contemporary Art Museums Association (AMAC

In collaborazione con : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago

Ingresso : Libero


Online Webinar