piccolo stato

rita canarezza
& pier paolo coro

curated by roberto daolio

may 28 / july 10 / 2009
an installation and a research activity
in the small states of europe 

opening on 28 may at 7:00 p.m. 2009
live action sigtryggur berg sigmarsson

re-call on 8 july at 7.00p.m. 2009
performance by ingibjörg magnadóttir

until 10 July 2009
from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every working day

galleria neon>campobase
via zanardi 2/5 bologna, tel. 0515877068

exposition with the video contribution of the artists:
Albani & Mussoni, Paradise Consumer Group
(Pep Aguareles, Eve Ariza, Helena Guardia, Susana Herrador)
Gurgenc Korkmazel & Stephanos Stephanides
Katerina Attalidou, Martin Walch, Thomas Negrevergne
Pierre Portelli & Teatrutramm, Tanja Frank
Jelena Tomasevic, Irena Lagator, Ingibjorg Magnadottir

For this exhibition at galleria neon>campobase, Canarezza & Coro present a many-colour light projection text – piccolo stato - an evocative shift between game and the spectacular effigy of a casino or night club sign. The program includes exhibition of the piccolo stato banner and screening of selected video-interviews from project small states on un-certain stereotypes (2005-2009), given by curators and directors of the most important contemporary art museums and centres in Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, discussing issues related to the geo-cultural and geo-political expressions of these particular european countries.
Special guest: Sigtriggur Berg Sigmarsson, Icelandic artist, The important little man, live action.
Besides Roberto Daolio’s presentation, the program includes a short lecture with selected videos from video-sensistive postcards (concept by Agnès Roux), the first collective event organized in the framework of the research project, and the presentation of the website www.littleconstellation.org.

the exhibition will include:
- video screening and poster/leaflet piccolo stato
- video list from the project video sensitive postcards (concept by Agnès Roux) 

Vertigine della libertà, Albani & Mussoni (San Marino); The Paradise Consumer, Paradise Consumer Group (Andorra);
Machinos matelot, Thomas Negrevergne (Monaco); Speaking of water, Gurgenc Korkmazel & Stephanos Stephanides (Cyprus); 
Psychosia, Katerina Attalidou (Cyprus);
Wandersmann, Martin Walch (liechtenstein); Other side, Pierre Portelli & Teatrutramm (Malta); Lady boy, Tanja Frank (Luxembourg);
Letting yourself go, Jelena Tomasevic (Montenegro); 
May I help you, Irena Lagator & Jelena Tomasevic (Montenegro);
Videodresses, Ingibjorg Magnadottir (Iceland). 

video-interviews program:

Friedemann Malsch - Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, 2005;
Yiannis Toumazis - The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus, 2005;
 Halldór Björn Runólfsson - National Gallery of Iceland, 2008;
 Enrico Lunghi - Casino Luxembourg, forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg, 2005;
 Agnès Roux - Médiarama & le logoscope,Ville de Monaco, Principauté de Monaco, 2005;
Carme Tinturè - Escola d’art la Lacuna, Andorra La Vella, 2005;
Josep M. Ubach - Tallers d’art residency, Andorra, 2005; 
 Adrian Grima - Association Inizjamed, Malta 2005;
 Svetlana Racanovic - indipendent curator, Montenegro, 2008.

Since 2004 Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, with the support of the San Marino Foundation, have been developing a project aimed at establishing a work & research network focused in particular on the geo-cultural complexity of small States. Their research journey started in San Marino in 2004 and took them to Andorra, Canton Ticino (CH), Ceuta (ES), Cyprus, Gibraltar (UK), Iceland, Kaliningrad (RUS), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino. During this journey they met with a number of artists, curators and institutional representatives of the major Contemporary Art Museums, Research Centres, Associations and Groups. While offering a general overview of the research work conducted in these countries by youngest generation artists, this project gave also the opportunity to take a critical and original look at their geo-cultural and geo-political complexity, at times enigmatic, stereotyped and not, somewhere between illusion and reality, which surrounds much of common sense when it comes to talking about ‘small States’ or ‘micro-areas’. The result is an unusual and vital contemporary picture of old and new respublicae, autonomous cities, States, Principalities and territorial enclaves, all of them having one feature in common: they are ‘small’ because they have a population of less than one million. This tiny constellation scattered all over and delimited by what is today’s vision of Europe, the EU (although some of these Countries are not EU Members), is now experiencing the emergence of particular contemporary art museums and the need to think contemporary using new open strategies for the development and diffusion of art.