Under the common name I couldn’t be without, resolutely rejecting the possibility of separation, either political or personal, Ruben Montini, an Italian artist living in Berlin, presents two works. After London, Berlin and Nuoro (Italy) the project Questo Anonimato E’ Sovversivo - This Anonymity Is Subversive arrives to Split. Thirty meters long and meter and a half wide, accordingly to the artist’s plan the cloth will visit all European countries. At each station, as a collective performance, the artist invites citizens, regardless of their previous knowledge and experience, to contribute to the final work in the technique of hand-embroidery. It is interesting that the author chose this particular technique, considered anachronistic today, but in its own implementation rhythm for a while it stops the frenetic tempo typical of contemporary cultural consumption, opens the time for contemplation and leads the participants to establishing mutual relationships that lead them to collective work. At a time of political instability and uncertainty of the unity of Europe, the final version of the work, when the specificities of individual manuscripts merge into collective expression, metaphorically expresses the beauty of diversity and unity achieved through common efforts.
As an introduction to this collective performance, at the opening of the exhibition, the author presents a solo performance One Person Protest. Lying on the floor naked, covered only with the official flag of the European Union, on which he has previously embroidered the phrase Wenn wir nicht dafür sorgen, dann wird das niemand Anderes machen - If we are not going to do anything about it, no one else will. Borrowed from the political speech of German politician Martin Schulz, taken away from the specific and particular context of the speech and given a more general meaning, this phrase, as well as the performance of the artist, call for common efforts to preserve the European Union.
Kustos / Curator: Tonči Kranjčević Batalić
Dizajn / Design: Nikola Križanac
Organizator / Organiser: Queer Sport Split
Partneri / Partners: Cenzura Plus, queerANarchive
Donatori / Donors: European Commission - Europe for Citizens, Ministarstvo kulture Republike Hrvatske
Zahvale / Thanks to: Multimedijalni kulturni centar
Vernissage: Wednesday, 29 May at 19h