Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho invited four other international artists from three different countries to participate at an artist's residency in Milan. Their preliminary idea was to think communication issues and artwork's ability to materialize the various forms of exchange. This catalogue covers the exhibition that followed this residency.
“The title ̒RR ZZ' alludes to a yet-to-be realized public work by one of the artists in the exhibition, the textual component of which we were asked to keep confidential at the time of writing this. Transmitted from a locality where tacit agreements and codified interactions seem to undermine the legibility of law on a daily basis, this mere shadow of a message underscores the volatile grounds of this group show.
In conceiving an exhibition that would follow a particular residency situation in which we were able to invite four other artists from three different countries to come to this foreign city (Milan) for consecutive (sometimes overlapping) periods of individual production, one curatorial assumption we started with was that communication signals would at times slip, distort, or vaporize. We didn't want total exchangeability. We're referring to the global art trade here: a supposedly flat arena where different subjectivities fall into alignment under some quasi-shared rubric of artistic value. For us, the romantic conceptualization of communicative slippage and the political urge to amplify the noise of the excluded together formed a kind of strangled, helix-shaped premise. We wanted to push the artwork's ability to index the texture of exchange, as it occurs through chains of conversion from data to material, language to code. We didn't want to smooth over the mess.
These preliminary ideas have been repeatedly tested since arriving in Milan at the beginning of the year, wrung out like a kitchen sink sponge, worn down and cultivating micro-forests of strange organic matter. Like the artists for whom we have tried to act as hosts, and like thousands of others this year, we are visiting this place, and the local neo-Baroque sensibilities seem even more delirious when decoded through our own foreign organs and devices on roaming. Actually, total exchangeability was never an available option.”
Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho
Published following the eponymous group exhibition curated by Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho at Gluck50, Milan, from May 12 to September 19, 2015.