The Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi explores a new area of activity that joins the cultural proposals dedicated to contemporary languages that make up the seasonal calendar, presenting its first site-specific exhibition project: Gestus, curated by Video Sound Art. A new format exhibition designed specifically for the Teatrino, the iconic auditorium designed by Tadao Ando, which offers itself as a space open to the most recent artistic experiments, with the aim of giving shape to original projects, never equal to themselves, undermining the traditional relationship between the exhibition and the public.
Gestus is a collective exhibition conceived as a constantly evolving body animated by video works, installations, performances by the artists: Annamaria Ajmone, Ludovica Carbotta, Andrea Di Lorenzo, Caterina Gobbi, Luca Trevisani, Driant Zeneli and Enrique Ramirez, guest of the residence of artist of the Pinault Collection in Lens and protagonist of the exhibition opening in 2022 at Le Fresnoy National Contemporary Art organized in collaboration with the Pinault Collection.
The project is inspired by the reflections on being a body initiated by the great theatrical masters of the early twentieth century such as Artaud, Copeau, Decroux, Mejerchol'd. The selected works investigate physical language as an activator of transformative dynamics: breaking physical and mental automatisms, breaking down the body and then reassembling it, giving rise to utopias that subvert the natural order of things.
The exhibition thus conceived therefore reflects on the movement of the body in space, structured in two acts, each of which sees two artists as protagonists, flanked by a chorus of performers.
"Gestus I act: Remaking the body" from 15 October to 24 November 2021, presents the works of Enrique Ramirez and Luca Trevisani, accompanied by the performances of Enrique Ramirez (15 October), Caterina Gobbi (16-17 October), Andrea Di Lorenzo (October 15-16). This first act emphasizes artistic practices that fragment the physical and conceptual boundaries of the body, extending them to other realities or forms of life.