Curated by: Elena Motisi
There are no painters but only people who engage in painting among other activities.
THE INDEPENDENT, the MAXXI program dedicated to independent thought and practice, presents the special project by Max Fletcher in collaboration with Andrea Celeste La Forgia: "There are no painters but only people who dedicate themselves to painting among other activities". The work is the result of a performance conceived for the FRIENDSHIP summit | SOLIDARITY | ALLIANCES on the occasion of the five-year anniversary of THE INDEPENDENT.
As part of SUMMIT, the British artist Max Fletcher - currently residing at the British School in Rome - produced a series of three canvases during a complex action in which word, painting, gesture are combined in a critical rethinking of the past as a medium of building friendship, solidarity and alliances. Pasolini constitutes the essential reference of both the performance and the canvases, which show three fragments of dialectal theatrical texts taken from Pasolini himself and from two writers he loved, Pirandello and Bertolazzi.
The selected passages - translated into English - offer a humorous representation of moments focused on a sense of community and solidarity, notions that Pasolini attributes to the dialect, understood "Gramscian" as a literary form of emancipation, capable of subverting or contrasting concepts of linear progress and formal unification.