PIPA Online Winner in 2012 and PIPA Prize Finalist in the following year, Berna Reale participates in “Please Come Back: The World as Prison?”, on view at the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI). There, she joins other 25 artists in an effort to recount prison as a metaphor for the contemporary world, and the contemporary world as a metaphor for prison: technological, hyperconnected, shared and ever more closely controlled.
Now that global communication also means global control, that the sharing born out of the internet and social networks as dismantled our privacy, the word prison takes on very new meanings. Curated by Hou Hanru and Luigia Lonardelli, “Please Come Back” takes as its investigative focus the condition of contemporary society under the control of the power system, seeking an answer to the question: what would we like back in our lives from the paradise lost of the modern age?
The exhibition is accompanied by a series of collateral events relating to the key issues: a film season tracing the history of the post-modern world through four films, a workshop by the artist Claudia Losi entitled “Una Volta… All’improvviso”, conceived within a prison in order to try to involve, sensitively and non-rhetorically, the imaginations and complex affections of those obliged to remain distant; and “Beyond the Wall”, a workshop by the MAXXI Education Department bringing pupils from a secondary school class in order to initiate reflection on physical and virtual prisons and the restriction of freedom.
To all this is added Storytelling, a story-hour hosted in the museum (April 29, from 4 to 7pm) in which the actor and radio presenter Matteo Caccia interprets the testimony of listeners to the Rai Radio2 programme Pascal invited to consider the effects of the first global anthropological mutation to affect our civilization.
Watch below a video about the exhibition:
“Please Come Back: The World As Prison?”, featuring AES+F, Jananne Al-Ani, Gianfranco Baruchello, Elisabetta Benassi, Rossella Biscotti, Mohamed Bourouissa, Chen Chieh-Jen, Simon Denny, Rä di Martino, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Claire Fontaine, Carlos Garaicoa, Dora García, Jenny Holzer, Gülsün Karamustafa, Rem Koolhaas, H.H. Lim, Lin Yilin, Jill Magid, Trevor Paglen, Berna Reale, Shen Ruijun, Mikhael Subotzky, Superstudio and Zhang Yu
Curated by Hou Hanru and Luigia Lonardelli
On view from February 9th to May 21st, 2017