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Little Constellation opens The Land seen from the Sea

Little Constellation presents The Land seen from the Sea an exhibition by the network Little Constellation Contemporary Art in the geo-cultural micro areas and small States of Europe. On view 4 February–4 May 2012.

Little Constellation is a project and an international network for contemporary art, whose research is devoted to the symbolic sensibility of the geographical dimension. It grew out of a survey devoted to the small states and geo-cultural micro-areas of Europe, and is being extended more broadly to all those artistic research projects involved in “territories of high symbolic definition.”

In this sense, the various core themes around which the exhibition has been developed—isolation, distance, stereotypes, the primitive and the journey—are various chapters in a single story, one that seeks to interweave and structure the complexities that define the relations between people and the territories to which they belong.

In the articulation of its content the exhibition has grown out of a series of workshops hosted by various European institutions, following two directions within a series of basic travels, including journeys on a symbolic level, leading to the true significance of the project as a whole: the crossing of the Mediterranean (Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus) and the transversal crossing of continental Europe (San Marino, Luxembourg, Iceland). At the center lies Genoa.

But if it is true that “while critics and theorists build directions and boundaries, artists destroy them” (as Pier Paolo Coro has consistently stressed), this exhibition is a constant undermining of the principles that characterize and identify a territory, the relationship with otherness and identity, hence between interior and exterior.

The exhibition documenting on the one hand contemporary artistic research through works, performances and installations by artists from 15 states and on the other presenting the results of workshops held in 2011, hosted at Library Archive of Little Constellation in San Marino; MUDAM Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg and at Casino Luxembourg – Forum of Contemporary Art of Luxembourg, National Gallery of Iceland and Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, and at Brown Project Space, Milan, in collaboration with Malta Contemporary Art.

The exhibition will be enriched by a program of activities, workshops, meetings and discussions to keep the attention on the project and transform the exhibition into a moment of active and involved exchange and discussion.

Finally, on the occasion of the exhibition, MOUSSE Publishing will also issue the documentary-work by Rita Canarezza and Pier Paolo Coro: Small States on un-certain stereotypes. The work, which is the starting point for the whole Little Constellation project started in 2004, is a remarkable boxed set consisting of 14 DVDs: one for each of the thirteen countries dealt with in the research project and a fourteenth containing a film which grew out of the thirteen documentaries and is distributed separately from the boxed set. The video project will be screened in its entirety at the exhibition, as the starting point for the exhibition and also presented to the public during the exhibition period.

The Little Constellation project, started in 2004 as a art research by the two artists Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, with the support of the best Institution of their country San Marino, today has created a real network of relationship with many authorities, associations, museums, artists of small States of Europe of Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and some micro geo-cultural realities of the European markets including Canton Ticino (CH), Ceuta (E), Gibraltar (UK), Kaliningrad (RUS).

Republic of San Marino; Under the Aegis of Their Excellencies the Captains Regent of the Republlic of San Marino; Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Political Affairs, Telecommunication and Transports; Secretary of State for Instruction and Culture, University and Youth Policy; Secretary of State for Tourism and Sport Economic Planning and Relations with the AASS; Social and Cultural Activities Office; San Marino National Committee for UNESCO. Fondazione San Marino, Cassa di Risparmio San Marino SUMS (main sponsor). Ente Cassa di Faetano Fondazione della Banca di San Marino Spa (main sponsor).

City of Genoa; Municipality of Genoa, Department for the Promotion of the City and Cultural Projects, Genova Palazzo Ducale Foundation for Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Croce, Consulate of San Marino, San Marino Community of the Liguria Region.

Project partners
MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg; National Gallery of Iceland; NYLO Living Art Museum; Brown Project Space, Milan; Malta Contemporary Art.

Supported by
Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus; Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Cultural Affairs of Liechtenstein; National Cultural Fund of Luxembourg; Ministry of State for Tourism, the Environment and Culture of Malta; Government of Republic of Montenegro, Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Istituto Svizzero, Roma.

Ministry of Culture and Research of Luxembourg; National Cultural Fund of Luxembourg; MUDAM Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland; Ministry of Culture of Iceland; Cultural Affair Office of Iceland; CIA.IS Centre for Icelandic Arts; National Gallery of Iceland; Living Art Museum, Iceland; SIM Residency; Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus; Cultural Services; The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre; Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Cultural Affairs of Liechtenstein; Liechtenstein Cultural Foundation; BBKL Liechtenstein; Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein; Ministry for Tourism, the Environment and Culture of Malta; Permanent Secretariat, OPM, Culture and Tourism for Sustainable Development; Malta Council for Culture and the Arts; Malta Contemporary Art; Government of Montenegro; Ministry for Culture, Media and Sports; Ateljer Dado, National Museum of Montenegro, Cetinje; Montenegrin National Theater; Centre for Contemporary Art, Podgorica, Montenegro; Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano; La Rada, Locarno; Direzion Provincial de Educacion; Instituto De Bachillerato Siete Colinas; Casa de la Juventud; Ministry of Culture, Heritage, Sport & Leisure, Gibraltar (UK); Fine Arts Association Gallery; Radio Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporations; Ministry of Culture of the Kaliningrad Region (Rus); Department of the Kaliningrad Regional Government, Kaliningrad / RUS Kaliningrad Branch of The National Centre for Contemporary Arts; Ministry of Culture; Serveis Culturals Andorra; Escola d’Art la Llacuna, Andorra La Vella, Andorra; le Logoscope, Principality of Monaco.

Yuula Benivolski, Justine Blau, Canarezza & Coro, Martina Conti, Nina Danino, Oppy De Bernardo, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Doris Drescher, Haris Epaminonda, Barbara Geyer, Anna Hilti, Irena Lagator, Jose Ramón Lozano, Ingibjörg Magnadóttir, Mark Mangion, Mussoni & Albani, Giancarlo Norese e Umberto Cavenago, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Paradise Consumer Group, Marco Poloni, Pierre Portelli, Luigi Presicce, Agnès Roux, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson, Miki Tallone, Xenia Uranova, Martin Walch, Trixi Weis.

Curated by
Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza, Pier Paolo Coro, Roberto Daolio, Francesca Serrati

In collaboration with
Kevin Muhlen, Halldor Björn Runólfsson, Svetlana Racanović,

Mousse Publishing

4 February, opening of the exhibition, performance A Reading Sculpture by Martina Conti; performance The path of those that come and go by Ingibjörg Magnadóttir.
5 February, workshop Disappearances by Halldor Björn Runólfsson, director of National Gallery of Iceland, and Alessandro Castiglioni, curator of Little Constellation.
31 March lecture Small States on un-certain stereotypes by Roberto Daolio, art critic, and the authors Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro
28 April Lecture and workshop Dialogue with Montenegro by Svetlana Racanović, independent art curator of Montenegro.
29 April TI’TANO Little Constellation workshop by Alessandro Castiglioni, for WEYA 2012 and BJCEM.

Little Constellation
Via Jacopo Ruffini, 3
Genova, Italy
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