André Kotmasu participates in the project “Anything to declare?”

(Prato, Italy)

André Komatsu, PIPA 2011 finalist, participates in the group exhibition “Anything to declare?”, an event celebrating the opening of the Pecci Museum in Prato, Italy on 16th October. The opening will take place on 11th October until 11th January 2017.


“Borders, material or mental, made of bricks or even symbolic, are sometimes turned to war-camps, but also to creative workshops in the art of “living together”, places where seeds in futuristic forms of humanity are thrown and germinating.” (Zygmunt Bauman).

ICASTIC is among the events celebrating the opening of the Pecci Museum in Prato. The concept of this annual manifestation is the idea that we have today about borders, therefore an issue of our days very much but also discussed and contraversial. It arises from an idea of the art director Fabio Migliorati and it can be summed up in the phrase “Anything to declare?” that can be found in every border. How many concealed thoughts in this sentence! What do you have with you? What do you believe in? What do you want? Who are you? Where are you from and where are you going to? The boarder is something difficult to surpass by our moral dimension and is often reduced as a wall to their own fragilities; the limit is like a mirror that is able to reflect unexpected images, which are disheartening for the inevitable tragedy of the clash but also the comedy of them meeting. The boarder is a no man’s land between the others and our living space.
ICASTIC wonders whether, under the auspices of a comprehensive and technocratic culture, with the different and opposite awareness of a liquid life culture, it is possible to consider the concept of “boundary” as an impediment to the exchange of opportunities, facilities, cultures, global identities or is it fair and necessary to change the criterion with new forms of pervasive demarcation able to preserve the risks of globalization or the spread of an unlikely monoculture, without crushing the fundamental rights of individuals. The reflection arouses questions and ICASTIC anwers with almost all site-specific artworks of International artists such as André Komatsu (San Paulo, 1978), Moataz Nasr (Alexandria, 1961), Jaume Plensa (Barcelona, 1955).

About the artist:

André Komatsu’s sculptures and installations employ architectural and design forms to critique prevalent social orders. A recurrent motif in his oeuvre, the concrete wall symbolizes the stagnant bureaucracy and roadblocks that create social imbalance, while his appropriation of modernist forms highlights the failures of idealism promulgated by past art-historical movements. In 2015, Komatsu had a solo exhibition at the Brazilian Embassy in Rome, coinciding with his participation in the group exhibition ‘É Tanta Coisa que Não Cabe Aqui’ at the Brazilian Pavillion in the 56th Venice Biennale.
ICASTIC 2016 is organized by ARezzoARSnova cultural non-profit association; it is actualized with the support of Chimet (main sponsor), of the Tuscan Region and Nigrocostruzioni (technical sponsor). Chamber of Commerce of Prato, the venue of ICASTIC is located in Via del Romito, 71: days and times: from 11 am to 7 pm + monday – thursday from 7:30 to 7 pm and Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Thanks to: Monica Barni, Vicepresident of the Tuscan Region (that strongly wanted it); Vincenzo Ceccarelli, regional councilor; Lucia De Robertis, Vicepresident of the regional council; Matteo Biffoni, Mayer of Municipality of Prato and the assessors Valerio Barberis and Simone Mangani; Silvia Gambi, external relations of the Chamber of Commerce of Prato; Alessandro Pinzuti, engineer; Fabio Cavallucci, Museo Pecci director.
The Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – italia e Mediterraneo houses the press conference (Fondazione Roma, Palazzo Sciarra, Corso road 239, October 7, 11:00, Roma); Continua Gallery and Galleria Mimmo Scognamiglio have produced and performed the works; Cultural Association Furini Contemporary has helped coordinate transport, equipment, assembly.

Press Office: Monica Macchioni; publishing: Maretti Editore; web: Gellus soluzioni; transport: AdArte, Ars Movendi.

“Anything to declare?”, with André Komatsu
Opening: October 11th
On view through January 11th, 2017

Pecci Museum in Prato, Italy 
Viale della Repubblica 277 – 59100, Prato
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