Matteo Lucchetti talk
Visible: when art leaves its own field and becomes visible as part of something else
During a talk at U–jazdowski Matteo Lucchetti will present the Visible project (Cittadellarte-Fondazione Michelangelo Pistoletto/Fondazione Zegna, Italy) discussing on how an art institution can research, support and offer a discursive and productive platform to innovative artistic projects that can become visible also in fields other than the artistic ones. Artworks that are actively engaging within the social sphere, understanding art as a tool to make visible other areas and issues within the traditional art system and thus sharing awareness about artistic production as an active element and agency in contemporary society, and with critical and future-oriented aspirations.
- Visible is a platform for artistic projects that, in a radical and pro-active way, can rethink our cities in their approach to urban and rural communities; put into question education models while reconsidering different ways of sharing knowledge; support alternative models of economic development and new ideas for the allocation of resources; rethink the access to information or the priority of ecological and environmental needs; as well as experimenting with participatory and democratic political models while starting these open-ended projects. These are just a few examples about how artistic processes can create areas for reflection and mobilization, acting as a field for action within the public domain, in favor of a reading of participation in the art that considers the social body as a potential power for bringing about responsible change and social transformation.
- Italian born, Matteo Lucchetti is a curator, art historian, and writer. His main curatorial interests are focused on artistic practices that redefine the role of art and the artist in society. Since 2010, Lucchetti co-directs, with Judith Wielander, the Visible project, a research endeavor and the first European biennial award devoted to socially engaged artistic practices in a global context, initiated and supported by Pistoletto Foundation, Biella and Fondazione Zegna, Trivero. He served as Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in 2017–2018.
- His main curatorial projects include: First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony, and Anger, BAK, Utrecht, 2018; Marinella Senatore: Piazza Universale. Social Stages, Queens Museum, New York, 2017; De Rerum Rurale, 16th Rome Quadriennale, Rome, 2016; Don’t Embarrass the Bureau, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, 2014; Enacting Populism in its Mediæscape, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2012; and Practicing Memory, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, 2010. In the projects he curated, Lucchetti has worked with artists such as Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Rossella Biscotti, Nástio Mosquito, Marinella Senatore, Jonas Staal, SUPERFLEX, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Pilvi Takala, and Stephen Willats, among others.
- Lucchetti has worked as curator in residence at Para Site, Hong Kong; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; and AIR, Antwerp. During his residency at BAK in 2010, Lucchetti worked in the frame of the Former West project to develop curatorial and discursive possibilities for the new online platform of the research—the digital archive. He has organized and taken part in several seminars, talks, and debates at various institutions, such as the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; and the Centre for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg. He lectured as a guest professor at HISK, Gent; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; Sint Lucas Antwerpen, Antwerp; and Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, and contributed to magazines such as Mousse Magazine, Manifesta Journal, and Art Agenda.
Matteo Lucchetti talk was organized in collaboration between Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art and the Italian Culture Institute in Warsaw (Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Varsavia) as a special event in the frames of "Giornata del Contemporaneo - Italian Contemporary Art”.