Vita Tua, Vita Mea
Con-temporary Art Observatorium, Venice, Italy05 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017Deadline: 25 Jun 2017
Become part of a group exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale! The intent of VITA TUA, VITA MEA is to create a conceptual connection in response to the theme proposed by the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale di Venezia.
Entitled “Viva Arte Viva”, the Biennale launches once again a message of optimism, or more sceptically of illusion, secluding art into a no man’s land, an enclave where to set it free from the responsibilities and the troubles of reality.
Let us welcome with pleasure this optimism, but with a grain of salt, since the Biennale still seems wanting to ignore the contemporary social context. It is not possible to alienate from the international socio-political and economic situation: the unrest of entire countries perpetrated with wars or rigged monetary crises do not hit the headlines more than the umpteenth summer gossip scandal, incommensurable disparities between super-rich and oppressed people, constant erosion of human rights and freedom both in new capitalism and in the regimes of developing countries, dictatorship of this as an alternative to the dictatorship of that. It is unacceptable that the art world sticks its head in the sand, isolating itself in a sugar-coated elitism, into a soap bubble, just to offer tourists an amusing festival; that is not the purpose of art, it is not the carefree diversion: art served since ever to reflect on reality, in order to imagine another one.
VITA TUA, VITA MEA is an antithesis of the famous Latin motto “mors tua, vita mea” (your death is my life), precursor of the opportunistic and egocentric model where the modern socio-economic world has been founded on, in order to propose instead a model of personal wellness as a consequence of the wellness of the society.
The exhibition wants to clarify that the bounds of interdependence between human beings are unalienable, they are fundamental. The human society is a textile of relations: if you stress them beyond measure, the textile tears, causing epochal crises like the ones we are witnessing.
One of the aspects that the exhibition intends to investigate in particular is also the one about the interdependence relations between artist and beholder, either be it a casual onlooker, a collector, a patron or someone to whom the work of art is dedicated.
Artists can submit to selection artworks with their own interpretation of the theme, or a portfolio from which the curators may choose.
Thematic inspirations: artist’s life, dedicated to audience, solidarity manifestations, verbal art, eloquent conceptualism, letters and correspondence, to please others, relational and interactive art, common interests, interpersonal links, art for peace, understand misfits, my life, collectors and patronage, portrait, our relation, respecting one each other, communicate.
Send participation proposals with urgency, positions and spaces are limited and will be allocated as they arrive. The selected artists will contribute to expenses paying a participation share.