ANGELO ROMANO

Angelo Romano

Angelo Romano is a Swiss curator, currently working in Zurich and Shanghai. He’s interested in the ways art can approach social issues and cross the boundaries of exhibition space. For Romano, exhibiting is a platform of communication. For the last few years, he has been doing research on new strategies of exhibiting, which use innovative methods to involve a wide range of viewers and encourage them to discuss socially relevant issues. During his stay in Poznan, Romano will be working on his curatorial project titled “How do we think about art. Community and cooperation – alternative models of society – the transformation of the medium”. The project is based on Romano’s research on exhibition space, which aims to enhance its possibilities without going beyond its institutionalized framework.

Body of work

Angelo Romano’s career started at the Zurich University of the Arts, where he graduated in Arts in Media & Art, and at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel (Switzerland), where he received his MA degree. He worked on following exhibitions:

  • „Cadavre L`espace (Falts) Exquis” (Stadtgalerie in Bern, Switzerland),
  • „Dendigesign Price Switzerland” Swiss Cities Pavilion, World Expo 2010 (Shanghai),
  • „Call me Switzerland” Swiss Cities Pavilion, World Expo 2010 (Shanghai).

He took part in numerous projects, including research program carried out by Academy of Art and Design on homosexuality and postcolonialism in Chinese cities. At present he is preparing a publication titled “The Grammar of Artistic Space” (Institute for Contemporary Art Research, Zurich, Switzerland).

MPRA residential project – description

The research project Angelo Romano will be working on in Poznan is based on an issue which takes a prominent place in contemporary art discourse, namely the relation betweeen art and society. The curator’s interested in what extent the relation is present. Therefore he examines both the exhibition space in an institutionalized framework and new ways and methods of exhibiting which expand the concept of exhibition space without going beyond the institutional framework. On the other hand, the goal of the exhibition is to examine the social and cultural issues relevant to the research on Polish society. The project will consist of:

  1. A lecture for the students of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (11 April 2012).
  2. Three open workshops for local and international artists:
    • with Daniel Kurjaković (the National Museum in Poznan, 17-18 April 2012),
    • with Alain Kantarjian (tbc),
    • with Laura Kalauz i Martin Schick (Centrum Kultury Zamek, 19-21 May 2012).
  3. Laura Kalauz and Martin Schick’s performance show (Centrum Kultury Zamek, 19 May 2012).
  4. Open review session in Galeria Arsenał (Galeria Miejska Arsenał, 23 May 2012).
  5. Final exhibition featuring Polish and international artists (tbc).

During his stay, Romano will be searching for alternative models of society. The artist hopes to organize an exhibition centered around the local community, with an aim to point out and examine the issues relevant in the Polish society. The Poznan exhibition will start with a project previously presented by the artist in the Swiss Pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, whose goal was to establish a connection between the audience and the artists, communicating live with the viewers via Skype. The result was a unique social interaction, rooted in the contrast between the artists’ biographies and interests, and involving all members of the audience. The Polish project will be based on a similar idea. Romano wishes to invite four Poznan artists to collaborate on the project and display their communication via Skype on the gallery walls during the exhibition. The artists will be staying in places corresponding with the themes of their work and will tackle issues relevant to social research. The exhibition will also include Alain Kantarjian’s photos of the Beirut community.

Collaboration on the residential project

Daniel Kurjaković
Daniel Kurjaković is a writer, curator, and Head of program at the Hong Kong Burger Collection. He is currently working on a project titled „& that was the trouble with Aristotle” for Radio France. He is also the Head of the Committee for Art at the Zurich Museum of Art and a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts.

A part of Angelo Romano’s residential project, the meeting with Kurjaković will feature a discussion centered around a scene from the „Fahrenheit 451” film and alternative models of society and media, as well as the term „transformation of medium” Its aim will be to identify these models and examine art as a platform for social research.
More info at: www.quadrilogy.org.

Alain Kantarjian
Alain Kantarjian is a Beirut-born artist, whose photos document the marginalized community living on the border of Beirut. The community is an example of an alternative model of society. Therefore, the meeting with the artist will center around the artist’s work and marginalized communities. However, since the meeting will be an art workshop, the issues will be approached not only theoretically like at the meeting with Kurjaković, but also in their practical aspect.
More info at: www.alainkantarjian.info.

Laura Kalauz i Martin Schick
Laura Kalauz was born in Argentina, where she graduated from the Department of Social Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires.
Martin Schick comes from Switzerland. He graduated from the Faculty of Theatre at the Bern University of the Arts. He works both with drama and dance.
Their collaboration, including performance shows, centers on the fact that the model of social communications depends on convention (be it artistic or politic). It resulted in a 2011 show „CMMN SNS PRJCT”, whose focus were social relations. The show proposed new forms of trade and exchange in a theatrical convention. Blending intimacy with unfamiliarity, the artists’ project becomes a canvas for relations between voyeurism and participation. Although the theatrical performance with active audience participation reaches the limits of fiction, it tackles the issue of the transformation of medium, which is the focus of Romano’s work.
More info at: www.kalauzschick.wordpress.com.

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