Museion—Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano presents Plot, an interdisciplinary and processual exhibition by the artist Asad Raza featuring the architects BB (Fabrizio Ballabio, Alessandro Bava), artist Lydia Ourahmane, and choreographer Moriah Evans. With Plot, Museion explores new ground for experiential and collaborative practices of exhibition-
Raza’ exhibition stems from his site-
Raza’ work often acts as a host to other artists’interventions: in Plot the artist offers the entire mise-
In Chapter II, the architects BB (Fabrizio Ballabio, Alessandro Bava), together with artist Lydia Ourahmane, will employ these bricks to explore the concept of “welling” investigating building techniques that originated in Egypt and that are still used to this day. Together with a brickmaker, they will use this sustainable material to construct a prototype for a small structure, referencing various enclosures, from mountain bivouacs to Renaissance “acelli”sanctuaries, and shelters in the Algerian desert.
In Chapter III, this hybrid environment will become the setting for Moriah Evans’Italian debut, in collaboration with Bolzano Danza. Out of and Into: PLOT references both her most recent work Remains Persist (2022), about various types of information that live differently in each of our bodies, and one of her earliest works Out of and Into (8/8): STUFF (2012) which explores tropes of the “ysterical”body through expressive play. By focusing on the processes of decay and resurgence, her piece reabsorbs the detritus and fertile remnants of her practice into a new site-
In Chapter IV, Plot’ narrative returns to Absorption. The mud bricks will be decomposed back into the neosoil and the cultivators will return, working to rebalance the soil’ chemistry, making sure it becomes fertile once more. During this phase of the exhibition, visitors are invited to take as much neosoil as they please.
In a parallel narrative, Raza’ evolving video work Ge is screened for the duration of the exhibition. Ge, whose title refers to the original name of Gaia, maps various biotopes of Earth, functioning as an ongoing poetic journal. The first “tanza”of this open-
The title Plot, which can describe a piece of land, a (floor) plan, and the turns and twists of a narrative, alludes to the exhibition’ various conceptual dimensions. Like the plot of a novel, the exhibition evolves in different chapters, each one creating poetic and sensual encounters between natural, artificial, living and non-
In an epilogue all the remaining neosoil will be given away, seeding new landscapes.
Curated by Leonie Radine.
Exhibition 25 March -
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Asad Raza, Ge (Recipe) (still), 2020. Digital video