Out of Space

Sveva Angeletti | Christophe Constantin | Marco De Rosa | Federica Di Pietrantonio | Chiara Fantaccione | Roberta Folliero | Andrea Frosolini | Francesco Palluzzi | Daniele Sciacca | Elisa Selli | Guendalina Urbani, curated by Porter Ducrist, text by Alessandra Cecchini, photos by Marco De Rosa


Two years ago Spazio In Situ opened for the first time, asking itself about what it would became short and long term. It’s been two years now and a lot of question found an answer, but the concerns are still the same. From the six artists of the start we are now eleven and the 400mq became 600. The Tor Bella Monaca space evolves, but without losing its identity and singularity in artistic roman scene. The space “line” is more than ever traced: aware of its own quality, In Situ questions about the contemporary art system, about its characteristics and how complex this whole matter is.
The artist-run space is at the same time an art studio, and expositive space, place of creation and fruition, without being one or the other. I personally would qualify it “peripheral” about the art system, word that Spazio In Situ incorporates perfectly, in a geographical way and about the way it presents itself as an entity. A place combining young production and necessary stringency, useful to share with quality artist’s ideas, allowing the spectator to receive artworks perfectly. A space like this has a moral duty to be reckoned with, as much as a gallery or a museum; all three are mediators of something primal for today’s society; culture. This role must not lose its educational responsibility that entails.
To share culture or to do culture is trying to eradicate or at list decrease ignorance, building a border, operating in a risk zone that unfortunately is yet conquered by international populism.
Quality is democratic just getting it with study and fight. Is just considering quality, commitment and knowledge about moral responsibility and coherence that we can define cultural coefficient of an artistic operator. Presumptuous? Certainly. Is about an ideal more than a real qualify, the common target to reach. The artist-run space has to keep in mind: the research of an improvement of the cultural offer is not a product, but a gift. Constancy is necessary in propose quality, not just about implementation, but more about the content through universally readable massages for those who knows art languages.
As in any langauge, this mean further expanse: it has its own grammar, that enables clarity about intensions of the massages, a spelling, which is a conjugation related to the relationship between today’s society and a vocabulary built by the aspects that make up the artworks. Anyone can pretend to be an artist, as anyone can pretend to speak English, but just the facts shall certify words, action define the authenticity of this claim. Are not “likes” or other instruments to asses an artwork, but the competence of who creates and judges it.
This delicate balance requires an everlasting questioning, in a scope that doesn’t have to be contaminated by ignorance; protected but open, it should never be disconnected to the real world.
As mentioned, culture spreading is a responsibility, so an artistic mediator has to valuate it without losing sight of this needs, first of all the coherence between words and actions. Spazio In Situ knows this responsibilities and his role, as a space of sharing where dialog and gravity join to create arte, a young space in a perpetual development, ongoing on a firm basis After two years, Spazio In Situ changes its shape, growing not just its size or members, but also growing its knowledge of duties and characteristics.
This year like the pasts In Situ reflects about what it is, a space of enjoyment and peripheral production. “Out of space” is a new question of the artists about the space that they are living, without losing their inevitable levity of production.
Porter Ducrist
Out of space, out our own space, out of place, in the suburbs and again, in informatics language out of space of storage. With this exhibition Spazio In Situ opens other five studios, presented with the name of Spazio In Più (More Space).
As in the past, the real lead of the exhibition is the context, into which the artists intervene with light underscores. An artist-run space is a peripheral place compared to the art system; in this case the suburbs are also geographical, challenging distances and asking their public to step outside the boundaries of official system of museums and galleries to step into the Tor Bella Monaca neighbourhood.
This two levels exhibition opens a new chapter, a new storyline; “Time” is again co-protagonist and the artworks, deliberately overswadowed by to the place that contains them, talk with it and each other, while we are unknowingly involved of a waiting, with harrowing timing that entails.
The exhibition starts with the knowledge that what we see inside an artistic space is necessarily art, but this time art is shown without pomp or effort, in its condition of object; artist’s intervention is sometime barely visible and this labile presence is the key to read the space itself. Artworks push as to reconsider the context with new terms, not searching for a shelter in shapes or in the reassuring categories that usually summarise artworks. The question is “ What is in front of my eyes?” and there is no answer because the only question that the artists want to answer to is “Where am I?”: every intervention is designed to the strong identity that In Situ built for the past two years.
Working depending on the context, that is not just about this space, but also about the neighbourhood, the town with its own characteristics and issues, every artist draws attention on what is usually just a frame, a container. The futility of the artistic act is strongly claimed through operations that refuse poetic interpretations, only applying to reality, in its multiple and contradictory facets.
Out of space is not a naive attempt to change the market, on the contrary. The exhibition is a logical read of the space, real and virtual in which the artwork makes its life cycle.
Artists, through slightest movement, light modulations, acts and apparently useless artifices, draw in front of our eyes the scene of a place, that is radically related to reality, but container of fiction.
Time that we live is suspended, waiting for a new episode
Alessandra Cecchini