Anecdotes on Origin

Arash Nassiri, Darwin Darwah, Video still, 2018 | © Arash Nassiri


From 31 Agosto 2019 to 19 Dicembre 2019


Place: A plus A Gallery

Address: San Marco 3073

Times: 11 - 18 | Lun chiuso

Prolungata: Fino al 19 dicembre 2019

Ticket price: Ingresso libero

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The School for Curatorial Studies Venice presents Anecdotes on Origin at A plus A Gallery opening on August 31, 2019 at 18:00.
Artists | Lea Cetera, Beth Collar, Jeschkelanger, Ella Littwitz, Arash Nassiri
Originas an idea manifests on a multitude of levels, in an attempt to bring a structure from the past to a space of contemporaneity. This transition becomes as a scaffold for the future-casting nature of origin stories, while creating a large volume of literary output. These stories and myths exist globally and set-up the framework for how we structure our lives. When one considers the resonance these stories have, it becomes apparent why we should continue to question power structures that traditional concepts of origin impose on us. Casting a critical eye this exhibition traces the erosion of several overarching concepts and studies the significance of identity, history, and theory. 
Navigating through moments that disrupt accepted narratives, the artworks overlay existing environments and objects to create parallel narratives. This exhibition is curated by 19 individuals from 15 countries with varied perspectives on origin; unpacking perceptions of culture to create a sense of movement in time and thought. Exhibited pieces include sculpture, print, video, installation, as well as an off-site performance. 

Expanding upon societal and cultural origins, this exhibition will also include an installation by Berlin-based artist collective Jeschkelanger at Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in Venice, which will translate into the gallery and further address merged experiences. Remaining optimistic that by casting a suspicious eye on tradition and reciting new stories, conversations moving forward will acknowledge that the concept of origin is malleable and elective.
The School for Curatorial Studies Venice (SCSV) was founded in 2004 by A plus A Gallery, directed by Aurora Fonda and Sandro Pignotti. Now in its twenty-sixth course term, the mission of the school is to spread knowledge in the field of visual arts through a committed academic agenda of experimentation and interdisciplinary thinking. Focusing on contemporary curatorial theory, practice, and museology, the SCSV presents a rigorous platform for students to deepen their critical knowledge whilst improving their practical skills of exhibition making. The course is led by an international faculty of arts professionals, scholars, and historians, many of whom are based in the Veneto region of Italy. Through artists’ studio visits, exhibition analyses, lectures, events, and workshops, students are challenged with a variety of curatorial projects and met with continuous opportunities to observe and confront current trends in the development and staging of contemporary art. 
Curators | Eduardo Alfonso (USA), Sonia Barbey (CHE), Philip Balimunsi (UGA), Danielle Freakly (AUS), Kristi Giambattista (CAN), Sammy Ng Sock Hwa (SGP), Veronika Hykova (CZE), Priyansha Jain (IND), Yana Malysheva-Jones (RUS), Rita Martins (PRT), Alfredo Martorelli (ITA), Marianna De Marzi (ITA), Analize Nicolini (BRA), Inês Pinto de Faria (PRT), Afra Safa (IRN), Devanshi Shah (IND), Ilethia Sharp (USA), Gabrielle White (AUS), and Rebecca Yeoh (MYS)