May 29, 2021 - Fondazione Morra - Igor Grubić: Another Green World
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May 29, 2021

Fondazione Morra

View of Another Green World, Villa Comunale di Napoli, Naples, Italy, 2021.

Igor Grubić
Another Green World
curated by Adriana Rispoli
May 29, 2021

Another Green World: May 29, 11am–10pm, performance at 12 a.m.
Villa Comunale di Napoli, Naples - IT

Villa Comunale di Napoli
Piazza Vittoria
80122 Naples
Italy

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The Morra Foundation, in collaboration with the Association Premio GreenCare is delighted to announce Another Green World by Igor Grubic, curated by Adriana Rispoli.

Another Green World is an open-air exhibition at the public historical garden Villa Comunale di Napoli and consists of more than 50 micro-interventions that interact with the building’s architectural, neoclassical sculptures and a performance dedicated to the poet Dante Alighieri.

The event is a political-poetic-artistic intervention, an expression of participatory activism that involves the entire community, beginning with those who have daily contact with the Villa. This approach is typical in Grubic’s practice, perhaps best expressed in his 366 Liberation Rituals, a set of 33 “cathartic” actions carried out during 2008.

The Villa Comunale becomes a monumental stage to express urgencies that have become even more pressing during the last pandemic year: particularly the need to go back to nature, to communal life, to solidarity, to collective and individual responsibility. Such needs compel us to live with awareness and courage, steadfast in our belief that “La Rivoluzione siamo Noi.”

“[...]Public gardens have always been respected by the communities that live with them. They are resources for leisure, but also constitute an opportunity for education and research. Public gardens can play a significant role in a community’s sustainable development. In Naples, small public green areas have been absolutely necessary during this pandemic. The theme of my project is the city’s ‘green system,’ in other words: discovering its value and role as part of the heritage of a place. Trees are heritage, living matter, an elementary part of our cultural and historical whole. To bring art into Nature and Nature into art. The whole world is a stage to play, the world is like an atelier and the atelier is like a world. The garden is a Museum without walls: trees are our brushes, parks our palettes[...].” —Igor Grubic

The original texts (“Micropolitical Statements,” “How to-flags”), the quotes by Gramsci and Beuys, Brecht and Mayakovsky (Little Quote Lessons) and the micro-interventions on sculptures (Suprematist Compositions, Black Noses-Scarves-Bends, Black Strips) aim to raise awareness and generate respect towards the common good and the community’s history and identity. They invite the public to approach their surrounding reality in a poetic-artistic-ecological way.

Igor Grubic chose for his public intervention in the city the Villa Comunale because of its importance to Naples’ citizens. Another Green World developed from two years of work and expresses Grubic’s public and participatory approach to art—often described as “poetic terrorism”—which brings together respect for monuments and the intention to awaken both individual and collective awareness.

The exhibition also includes the collaboration of Neapolitan artist Roberto Pugliese, whose multimedia works explore audiovisual research through multisensory installations. His sound piece Another Green World is Possible will be accessible to the public via their smartphones.

About the artist
Igor Grubic (Zagreb, 1969) is one of the most significant artists from Eastern Europe. Since the 1990s he’s been working with photography, video, and actions in public spaces. His practice is defined by sociopolitical interest and historical research. His projects span from research on historical monuments to the end of industry in the former Yugoslavia and the study of minorities. Rooted in the tradition of documentary, Grubic’s work in photography and cinema is characterized by a meditative and empathetic approach, deeply human and often poetic.

Grubic has participated in several international exhibitions, including Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt, 2002); Manifesta 9 (Genk, Belgium, 2012); Gender Check, mumok (Vienna, 2009); 11th Istanbul Biennale (2009); 4th fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen (Heidelberg, Germany 2011); East Side Stories, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2012); Gwangju Biennale (2014);  Zero Tolerance, MOMA PS1 (New York, 2014); Degrees of Freedom, MAMbo (Bologna, Italy, 2015); Heavenly Creatures, MG+MSUM (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2018); The Value of Freedom, Belvedere 21 (Vienna, 2018); Yerevan Biennial (2020); Bigger than Myself, MAXXI (Rome, 2021). He represented Croatia at the 58th Venice Biennial in 2019 with the project Traces of Disappearing in Three Acts.

“Another Green World,” is presented with the kind support of Corrado Gugliotta-Galleria Laveronica (Modica) and Luca Barbeni-NOME (Berlin).

The exhibition is presented within the framework of “May of Monuments 2021” by Naples City Hall.

For more information: info [​at​] fondazionemorra.org

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