closed Monowe (the residence, the lodge, the shelter).

The show

Curated by Ilaria Gianni

The smART – polo per l’arte Foundation is continuing with the activities it conducted when it was an association and it will be inaugurating its exhibition season with Monowe (the residence, the lodge, the shelter), the first solo exhibition in Rome by the artist Ludovica Carbotta.
The exhibition, created in collaboration with the architects' collective Orizzontale, is a new chapter of the Monowe project.

Monowe is an imaginary city planned and designed to be inhabited by a single person, which is above and beyond the existing urban landscape and consists of various elements (architecture, infrastructures, institutions, documents, presences). Halfway between a ruin and open building site, Monowe aims to replicate the current solitary and individualistic urban lifestyle, radicalizing it so far as to construct an extreme condition for a single person. On the one hand it responds to the growing fear of others, offering an area of protection, and on the other hand it allows us to reflect on the model of a utopian city as a way of rethinking the urban space, going far beyond its usual conformation and function, so that it is no longer a human settlement made up of many individuals but a place dedicated to a single person.

The exhibition presents the living quarters of the only inhabitant of Monowe, who says in an interview with him/herself: «I have not yet decided what to call myself. I am the citizen of Monowe... the only one. I was not born here but this is where I come from [...] It's the place I live in [...] alone with myself. It is located in a parallel dimension. It's not easy to find, but if you want you can look for it. [...] I live in Monowe, I exist and I'm complete “within her”». On the occasion of Monowe (the residence, the lodge, the shelter), the spaces of the Foundation will take on the form of a house, or rather that of two houses, one grafted onto the other, disturbing each other and creating a spatial short circuit, where two different times and spaces overlap. Real walls and sceneries intersect, leaving a perimeter visible, inside which we can find a chair, a table, a bed, a wardrobe, some objects and windows/screens that can modify the landscape. The house thus contributes towards defining the individual self and the actions or behaviour of the inhabitant of the imaginary city. Monowe (the residence, the lodge, the shelter) is a reflection not only on the use of space, but also on what it means to live within it. The concept of home or the house has been defined in many different ways, notably by Gaston Bachelard who, in La Poétique de l'Espace (The Poetics of Space), describes it as “our corner of the world, our first universe”, and as a “shell” in which to shelter and to find oneself. But what is the configuration of the most intimate space inside a city where the only otherness is represented by the city itself? What is the function of residency in a city that corresponds to you in everything? The exhibition intends to redefine the function of the dwelling, extending it beyond its physical limits, expanding its perimeter beyond its walls, and questioning the very concept of habitation.


 Tuesday February 12, 16:30 pm

Timetable and tickets


Piazza Crati 6
00199 Roma


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