April 2, 2008 - Viafarani - Liliana Moro
April 2, 2008

Liliana Moro

Liliana Moro, “Stair to Nowehere”, 2008 Jaipur.

Liliana Moro
This Is the End

April 4 to May 17, 2008
opening April 4, 2008, 6:00 pm

DOCVA
Documentation Center for Visual Arts

opening April 4, 2008, 6:00 pm

Careof and Viafarini
new venues at
Fabbrica del Vapore
via Procaccini 4, Milan

www.careof.org
www.viafarini.org
www.docva.org

Friday, the 4th of April 2008 Careof and Viafarini inaugurate their new venues and the DOCVA Documentation Center for Visual Arts in Milan with the solo show by Liliana Moro.

Liliana Moro, This Is the End
Careof and Viafarini are pleased to announce the opening of their new exhibition spaces at Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, with a common exhibition dedicated to Liliana Moro, curated by Milovan Farronato. Moro, international artist particularly bound to the city of Milan, participated in the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993 and Documenta IX in Kassel in 1992, besides helding an important series of solo and group shows at prestigious institutions worldwide, among them Castello di Rivoli in Turin in 1994, Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1998, Stichting De Appel in Amsterdam in 1999 and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco in 2005.

This Is the End, provocative title chosen by Liliana Moro to evoke an end and a new beginning at the same time, gathers in a raw and minimal architecture a series of early sculptures and new installations, well-known and unseen. A selection not intended to give a retrospective view on the decennial career of the artist, but rather offering a special perspective and a particular interpretative horizon on her work.

Walls with sharp corners leave undefined perimeters, but enclose rooms which sometimes are accessible, sometimes not. They draw a clean structure, a sculpture in itself, providing the environment for the uncertain visitors moving around and for the five works coming into sight: sculptures, installations and a neon writing, in an even, but unpredictable, game of balance focusing around an ideal center. Dispersion and concentration, inside and outside, light and sound suggestions, ambiguous simulacra and mechanisms gone wild are the main ingredients.

The wall itself acquires a symbolic role, and turns from simple architectural element into quotation with multiple meanings; it is the image of the many obstacles that we run up against; it is the barrier to overcome if we want to go beyond and discover what is on the other side; it is the limit which we have to deal with in everyday life; the internal and external filter, the shell that protects us from the world or the screen that prevents us from communicating with the outside.

Educational Activities
The show by Liliana Moro will be accompanied by a schedule of guided tours, which will be held every Saturday at 4:00 pm. High schools, academies and universities can book guided tours on weekdays. For reservations: +39 02 3315800.

New venues for Careof, Viafarini and DOCVA Documentation Center for Visual Arts
The 600 m2 of the new premises at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan are organized in two areas: the area on the ground floor hosts the two exhibition spaces run by Careof and Viafarini; on the first floor is the storage and consultation area for the DOCVA materials.

The new Documentation Center for Visual Arts comprises a specialized Library with 15 000 titles including monographic catalogs, catalogs, essays, artists books and magazines; a Video Archive with more than 4500 artists’ works and video documentations; the Portfolio Archive with documentation material of more than 2600 Italian artists; the database ArtBox with information about opportunities such as competitions, fellowships and organizations for artists and art professionals. Connected to the Archives is a portfolio viewing service, carried out by the curators Chiara Agnello (Careof) and Milovan Farronato (Viafarini).

The materials and pieces of information are all made available also through online databases: www.bibliobit.it (catalog of the library and video collections), www.portfolioonline.it (complete list of the artists in the Archive, with information and selections of their works), www.italianarea.it (around 100 monographic documentation files about the main artists of the Italian scene, including bio/bibliographies and images of their works) and www.bancadatiartbox.it (synthetic information about opportunities with links to related websites).

Thanks to DOCVA the materials and services until now gathered and offered by Careof and Viafarini in their previous premises are drawn together and offered to the public in a single center. Here the public will have for their use a consultation area with a reading room and computers, as well as a video room for viewing and presentations.

On the occasion of the establishment of the DOCVA, Careof’s and Viafarini’s corporate identities have been re-defined, with the collaboration of goodwill, Navone Associati and Federica Cimatti, and the web sites www.careof.org and www.viafarini.org have undergone a re-styling. Besides the new layout, the renovated web sites offer an overview of Careof’s and Viafarini’s activities with detailed information about their histories and identities, past projects, present activities and future perspectives.

The new DOCVA site, at www.docva.org , gives direct access to all the Documentation Center’s databases, and offers detailed descriptions and useful information about the Library, the Video Archive, the Portfolio Archive and the ArtBox database.

In its historic premises in via Farini 35, Viafarini starts the new program VIR Viafarini-in-residence, which allows artists and curators to spend a research period in Milan.

The show by Liliana Moro, under the Patronage of the City of Milan, was made possible by the valuable collaboration and support of Vibrapac spa.

The initiative is supported by Fondazione Cariplo.

Viafarini’s activity is supported by Gemmo spa.

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