Tita Salina, video still "1001st Island", 2015

Art as a social bonding experience is the starting point of “Gotong Royong”

(Warsaw, Poland)

PIPA Prize 2016 Finalist Clara Ianni is part of the group show Gotong Royong, things we do together” at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Proposing the use of art as a community-building tool, the show, that starts tomorrow, September 19th, aims to go beyond the formula of visiting an exhibition by engaging the visitors in public activities.

The exhibition’s title, Gotong royong, is a reference to an Indonesian method of work that involves group and cooperation-based actions as a way of learning and creating social bonds. This method is the starting point of the works presented and for the exhibition itself, that invites the public to join in public programmes coming from the visual and performing arts, such as choreography, vocal and music workshops. 

As a Ujazdowski Castle resident, Clara Ianni will participate in the public activities during the exhibition with the project “Open Monument”,  that aims to create a popular, collective-authorship memorial in Warsaw. The artist asks the public to submit their own concept, description or name of a monument, willing to build a sort of “public sculpture”. The public’s propositions will become the basis of an ephemeral performance exploring the tension between construction and destruction, as well as the power relations within  historical representations. It also discusses the possibility and necessity of representing collective memory, extending Clara’s interest in investigating social groups identity and memory.

Gotong Royong, things we do together”, group show
On view from September 19th 2017 through January 4th 2018

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
Jazdów 2, 00467 Warsaw
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