Biennale di Venezia - Padiglione San Marino

Martina Conti - Exercises for a Polluted Mind

11 May  -  24 November 2019

58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Friendship Project International

Special Project National Gallery of San Marino

Martina Conti
Exercises for a Polluted Mind
curated by Alessandro Castiglioni e Emma Zanella

May 11th – November 24th 2019

Palazzo Bollani, Castello 3647

For the first time the National Gallery of San Marino, with MA*GA Museum, promotes a special project for the Republic of San Marino Pavilion. The project presents the work of Martina Conti, curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Emma Zanella,with the aim of supporting an emerging Sammarinese artist and enriching the public collection of the museum.After the opening at La Biennale di Venezia, the project will be exhibited in MA*GA Museum, Gallarate andNational Gallery of San Marino.

The work of Martina Conti is based on a series of physical and choreographic exercises called Exercises for aPolluted Mind devoted to the members of the Consiglio Grande e Generale/ the Great and General Council:the unicameral Parliament of the Republic of San Marino. This artistic project thus comes into direct contactwith spaces, bodies and times of politics. The sessions have indeed been held inside the Sala delConsiglio/Council Hall at Palazzo Pubblico preceding Parliament work sessions, with a group of members ofthe Parliament from different political orientations who had accepted to take part in the project. The gatheringof individual bodies thus defined, simultaneously represents the political body physically as well asmetaphorically, therefore one of the possible social bodies and, as such, capable of reflecting the meaning ofbeing together.

The artist writes: “This research aims at investigating the relationship between artist/citizen and the political dimension. Exercises for a Polluted Mind has the objective of inviting the politicians to be personally and physically involved in an art project and thus open up to a new dynamic of public involvement. My operative and artistic focus, the tool I work with, is the body. The project has the objective of sharing an artistic practice based on listening to the body for it to also become a way of doing politics, whereas working on the body is apolitical act”.

Martina Conti (1984) has devoted her research to the relationships between body and space from a physical as well as symbolic perspective. She studied contemporary dance at Trinity Laban and later performance at Central Saint Martins. Her work has been exhibited at Museo Villa Croce, Genova; Viafarini, Milano; SpikeIsland, Bristol; XIV Biennale del Mediterraneo, Skopje; WEYA, Nottingham; amongst other. She lives andworks in San Marino.

Martina Conti
Exercises for a Polluted Mind

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