“Every change of context, every change of medium can be interpreted as a negation of the status of a copy as a copy—as an essential rupture, as a new start that opens a new future. In this sense, a copy is never really a copy; rather, a new original in a new context. Every copy is by itself a flaneur—experiencing time and again its own ‘profane illuminations’ that turn it into an original. It loses old auras and gains new auras. It remains perhaps the same copy, but it becomes different originals.”
, Going Public
results from a curatorial research carried out within the collections of the Centre national des arts plastiques, which focused on the contested notions of copies, appropriations and quotations. Looking at art and design objects from the 19th century to today, this curatorial project shows how reproductions of artworks can be considered as objects with a specific cultural value and regarded in the same way as the originals.
Guided by an interview between Francesca Zappia and Juliette Pollet, curator at Cnap, the reader travels through an imaginary and often anachronistic museum. The rooms devoted to Antiquities, the Renaissance, the 17th and 18th centuries, the modern and contemporary periods bring together more than 300 works and forge new links between them. Throughout the chapters, the reader can meet the artists Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Aurélien Mole
and Matthew Darbyshire who, each in their own way, open up additional perspectives of research.
Francesca Zappia is an Italian curator based in Glasgow. After spending ten years in Paris working with public and private collections, her move to Scotland in 2014 coincided with the beginning of her practice as an independent curator. In her work, Francesca Zappia explores the potentialities of artistic and curatorial research in passing on cultural memory and producing fresh knowledge through the creation of alternative and decolonised narrations. Her practice takes a context-specific approach that develops through long-term conversations with artists and communities and results in the commissions of artistic projects. Reflecting about the responsibility of the curator of creating connections between art and audiences, besides organising exhibitions she explores new ways of dissemination: online, on paper or through discursive events.