Project by Post Ex curated by Giuliana Benassi
Post Ex presents its first outdoor project entitled Post-turismo: a series of group shows curated by Giuliana Benassi, which will take place in the city centre of Rome.
The first show will open on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 6 pm in the b&b in via Ezio 29 (Prati area) with the artists Genuardi/Ruta, Autumn Knight, Luca Grimaldi, Girolamo Marri, Calixto Ramírez, Lisa Sebestikova.
The artworks displayed in the apartment are engaged in a dialogue with the space aimed at exasperating the aesthetics of the b&b, recalling its domestic nature, its connection with touristic sites and underlining the dyscrasia deriving from the pandemic experience.
The scenario will change from the 11 to the 16 of January 2022, when the exhibition will take place in via Monte Brianzo 64 (Piazza Navona area) with the artists Eleonora Cerri Pecorella, Grossi Maglioni, LU.PA, Andrea Martinucci, Jonida Prifti with Stefano Di Trapani (Acchiappashpirt), Giorgia Ruggiano. For this show the artists have been invited to read the space from a fantasmagorical point of view, and to give back, through their works, suggestions of a supernatural character, drawing on the imaginary of fairy tales and magic.
The third show will take place from the 8 to the 13 of February 2022 in Via Tasso 161 (San Giovanni area) with the artists Elena Bellantoni, Michela de Mattei, Antonio Fiorentino, Susanna Inglada, Marta Mancini, Lou Masduraud, Gabriele Silli. On this occasion, the exhibited artworks have been conceived to overlay the existing furniture of the b&b as foreign bodies: animals and monstrous presences that invade and fuse with the space.
The project, realized as part of “Avviso Pubblico VitaminaG” of the program “GenerAzioniGiovani.it” and sponsored by “Politiche Giovanili della Regione Lazio e dalla Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri - Dipartimento per la Gioventù”, was born in 2020, when the city centre of Rome was almost entirely uninhabited due to the absence of national and international tourism during the first lockdown. More than ever, this apocalyptic scenario emphasized a fragile survival of ephemeral and fickle balances right at the heart of the capital city, thus suggesting the vision of a world here denominated - not without irony - post-touristic. Leveraging on a broader reflection related to urban planning and the complex web of local strategies, for three weeks - between December 2021 and February 2022 - the project wants to reclaim the aesthetics of the b&b’s in the city centre, transforming tourist places into exhibition spaces.
The artists involved, from Italy and abroad, were called to present their artworks in a standardized “domestic” environment, with the intent to exasperate through various languages, narratives and visions of new future scenarios.
In conclusion of these three itinerant exhibitions, a book will be published together with the up-and-coming publishing house “Forse” directed by Davide Caldarini e Giulia Cabassi, ideally conceived as a further space of reflection and narrative of the project “Post-Turismo”.