Angelo Romano’s lecture at the University

April 14, 2012 in Angelo Romano, Presentations of artists, Residences 2012, UAM

On Wednesday 11th April one of our residents met his Polish audience for the first time. Angelo Romano talked about his curatorial research with students and members of the AMU Department of Art History.

“How different passages of historical moments are happening together on one place and in the same time?”

This is the title of the project carried out by Romano for the last two years in Shanghai. The starting point for his research was the discovery of a cultural phenomenon, Lai Lai Bar, a club located in a poor quarter of Shanghai, where homosexual people came to dance, accompanied Chinese music, ballroom dances imported from “the West” and structured in that tradition. This unique blend of cultural patterns provoked questions about identity building, historical influences, and the functioning of local communities, which formed the beginning to Angelo Romano’s research.

un-finished movement
During the Wednesday meeting Angelo Romano gave an insightful lecture, analyzing the phenomenon of Lai Lai Bar from the historical perspective. He suggested understanding dance as a time capsule – a medium which preserves various elements of tradition while catalyzing new cultural movements. Moreover, studying the Chinese New Culture Movement led Romano to realize that it was an un-finished movement, since it died away not because its ideas burned out but because Mao came to Power. His research, based on historical analysis, formed the foundation for his exhibitions (e.g. “Call me Switzerland”), which were presented both in China and in Europe.

MPRA invites everyone interested to Angelo Romano’s workshop next Tuesday 17th April at National Museum in Poznań, where the artist will present his Poznań project.

Author of the text: Michał Kępski.