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Alice Guareschi presents: ‘Je m’appelle Olympia’. With Simone Frangi

12 December 2023 @ 19:00 - 20:30

12 December 2023 @ 19:00 20:30

Visual artist Alice Guareschi will be at Micamera on Tuesday, December 12 at 7pm to launch her new book, recently released by NERO Editions. She will be in conversation with researcher, curator and art critic Simone Frangi.

Booksigning will follow (reserve your copy here!)

Je m’appelle Olympia is an action for house lights performed by Alice Guareschi on just one occasion for a select audience of guests at the Olympia Music Hall, the legendary and iconic Parisian venue, on April 12th, 2012. The 16 photographs that make up this series were shot on the same day, right after the live activation of the light choreography in the theatre’s empty space, which involved all thirteen of the coloured lighting channels that are permanently integrated into the architecture. With a fixed framing, similar but not identical, following the precise original lighting score composed by the artist, the images present a sequence of different movements of lights in the auditorium. The photographic series thus becomes a new synthesis of the image-idea and intention behind the performance: to activate a theatre when no show is happening on stage, to play it live, to reawaken its latent memory and the secret life that eludes the spectator’s gaze. By breaking down the duration of the action into photograms that can be viewed either separately or all together, the spatial arrangement of the work now makes it possible to embrace the overall idea at a glance.

Alice Guareschi (1976) is a visual artist. A philosophy graduate with a thesis on experimental cinema, she has been artist-in-residence in Paris at the Pavillon du Palais de Tokyo and at the Cité Internationale des Arts, at Triangle in New York and at Kaus Australis, Rotterdam. In 2008 she won the Young Italian Art Fellowship of the Friends of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art; in 2022 she won the PAC2021 production prize promoted by the General Directorate for Contemporary Creativity. Since 2018 she has been teaching at IED Milan, since 2022 at NABA. She has exhibited in public and private institutions including: Fondazione Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; PAC, Milan; MAMbo, Bologna; GAMeC, Bergamo; Mart, Rovereto; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg; Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; Accademia di Spagna and Accademia Tedesca at Villa Massimo, Rome; Villa Arson, Nice. Major solo exhibitions: Alessandro De March Gallery, Milan; Sonia Rosso Gallery, Turin; Centre Culturel Français, Milan; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn; Galerie DREI, Cologne; MAN Museum Nuoro. Film festivals and screenings: Filmmaker Doc Festival, Milan; Impakt Festival, Utrecht; Italian Cinema London Festival; Mostra del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro; Milano Design Film Festival; Triennale, Milan; Macro, Rome.

Simone Frangi (Como, 1982) is researcher, curator and art critic. He holds a PhD in Philosophy – Aesthetics and Art Theory in international co-tutorship from Université de Bourgogne – Dijon and Università Degli Studi di Palermo. From 2013 to 2017 he was artistic director of Viafarini, in Milan. Since 2013 he co-directs with Barbara Boninsegna Live Works – Free School of Performance at Centrale Fies in Dro. Since 2014 he co-directs with Alessandro Castiglioni A Natural Oasis? a nomadic curatorial training program in the Mediterranean supported by BJCEM. Since 2013 he has been professor of Art Theory and Visual Culture at ESAD – Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Grenoble, where he founded with Katia Schneller the Research Unit “Hospitalité Artistique et Activisme Visuel: pour une Europe diaporique et post-Western.” Since September 2023 he has been, together with Lucrezia Cippitelli, responsible for contemporary art exhibitions at Kunst Meran (Merano, IT). Recent publications include: Coloniality and Visual Cultures in Italy, co-edited with Lucrezia Cippitelli (Mimesis, 2021) and School of Waters. The Book, co-edited with Alessandro Castiglioni (Archive, 2021).