Sunday 20 December 2015, 11:00 am
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – MMSU, Mali Salon; Rijeka (Croatia), Korzo 24.
The collective art exhibition “Like fireflies” derives from an exchange of critical views and thoughts about incipient contemporary emergencies. As an ideal place of cultural debate, the project originates from the cooperation between Raffaella Barbato (art curator) and the Siz Gallery (Croatian independent space of investigation). The project was approved by Croatian Ministry of Culture and MMSU- Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art of Rijeka (nominated as 2016 European City of Culture).
“Like fireflies” is an artistic project inspired by a G. Didi Huberman’s essay (French philosopher and art historian, theorist of the “Dialectic of Sight”).
Starting from a reinterpretation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s considerations, Huberman analyzes the cultural crisis using the metaphor of the fireflies: talking about the fireflies it’s like talking about memories and cultural historical values which are being lost because of the globalization’s effects on the man. Due to the ecologic system alteration, fireflies are going to disappear like cultural research and big values are disappearing due to the neo capitalistic system. That’s why Huberman talks about fireflies-man, fireflies-words and fireflies- knowledge, a dimly but still resistant light.
The artistic project is a critical reflection about incipient contemporary emergencies such as human rights, undocumented immigration, femicide, ratial, social, economical and religious intolerances, precarious existences - through the use of different visual languages.
This polyphonic dialogue is made of artists coming from several geo-social and geo-political realities from all over the world. They are:
Maria Jose Arjona (Colombia), Francesca Capasso (Italy), Jota Castro (Perù), Nemanja Cvijanović (Croatia), Oppy De Bernardo (Switzerland), Regina Josè Galindo(Guatemala), Fokus Grupa (Croatia), Devrim Kadirbeyoglu (Turkey), Domenico Antonio Mancini (Italy), MaraM (Italy), Salvatore Manzi (Italy), Maria Evelia Marmolejo (Colombia), Rosy Rox (Italy), Pier Paolo Patti (Italy), Ciro Vitale (Italy), Mary Zygouri (Greece).
One of the features of the project is the travelling-oriented dimension of the exhibition: from time to time different locations of peculiar socio-political interest will be chosen, where to develop the next exhibition stages and workshops of the project.
Advocacy: Matronato, MADRE Museum of Napoli
Sponsorship: BAD Museum (Bunker Art Division) Di.St.Urb; TEKLA srl.
Special thanks to the collaboration: Prometeo Gallery by Ida Pisani, Milan; Lia Rumma Gallery, Neaples/Milan; E23 Gallery by Massimiliano Cafaggi, Neaples.