PANE PER POVERI
Camekan Sokak 4/ Rooftop
Galata Istanbul, TR
SEPTEMBER 3rd 2015
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Pane Per Poveri was first realized in Venice, Lido, in May 2015 during the opening days of the 56th Venice Biennale, in the striking location of the Teatro Marinoni, set within the derelict "Hospital by the Sea” complex.
Pane Per Poveri is a temporary art project organized by a group of Berlin artists and curators who wish to experiment different forms of contemporary art events. Considering that art can exist apart from rules and established structures, it is the ambition of the PPP project to foster this freedom and to create a place where not only the production of art, but also its presentation and perception can abide with the least restrictions possible.
The entire process has been a long, exciting, and generative development of performances, interventions, music and actions that have involved many artists, as well as the participation of those who attended.
The 72 hours – that were the frame during which Pane Per Poveri was making its history – is the conceptual setting of another artwork. During the days in Lido, Hanna Hildebrand and Matthew Antezzo, captured performances, interviewed participating artists and documented the artworks that were part of the project. But most of all, they were able to follow the process during its evolution, with no filters and no script. The result of this footage is a film by two artists about what happened in Lido, Venice, during that unique moment of experimentation . The event in Istanbul will be an evening dedicated to the premiere of their film “Pane Per Poveri (72 Hours in Lido)”.
The event will take place in collaboration with Rodeo, an internationally well known contemporary art gallery.
Pane Per Poveri has been realized with the generous support of adidas.
„Pane per poveri“ is a temporary art project organized by a group of Berlin artists for the duration of the opening of the 56th Venice Biennale at Venice Lido in the striking location of the former abandoned Teatro Marinoni.
The Venice Biennale has been the most important event of the art world for over 100 years. Invitations for the opening are in great demand and for many artists and other art professionals it is probably the task of the year to somehow conquer a spot on the guest list. “Pane per poveri” wants to create a counterbalance to these structures of “who’s who” and “who will get in and who won’t” by taking a different approach: it will be open to anyone who wants to experience it. And it will take place during the whole duration of the opening period (72 hours).
In the old city of Venice, the walls of houses and churches sometimes bear little holes covered by metal doors with nearby signs saying: “Pane per i poveri” (bread for the poors). During the middle ages, those were the places used by the wealthy inhabitants to leave their crusts of bread and other alms for the poor to eat. With the idea that the admittance structures of this kind of important official events equally create a dual society with some people having access to more than others, the project “Pane Per Poveri” will live up to its title by creating a contemporary hole in the wall that is filled with content by the artists for anyone who considers himself in the need of art. This way, it will include not only art world invited guests, but also those without as well as the inhabitants of Venice.
Another historical reference is established by the venue chosen for the project and also used for defining the art-related circumstances. Situated at Lido, an isolated building surrounded by lawns and fields
contains the surprise of a theatre auditorium from the last century. This place implies an association with the form of theatre Italy once was famous for: the Commedia dell’arte. This 16th century comedy of the craft of improvisation was the first entirely professional form of theatre and – also in connection to the Venice Carnival - became the prototype of improvised performances based solely on sketches or scenarios. “Pane Per Poveri” will adopt this idea by using only rough guidelines for the artists to create their pieces of art spontaneously and on site. The curators will establish those guidelines and use them in the same way the Commedia dell’arte players used the so called canovaccio: as a vague plot outline that leaves plenty of room for improvisation and mutual inspiration.
With the curator’s focus on Berlin-based or Berlin-related artists, the project will also take a new and fresh approach to present a selection of contributions as a cross section of current developments in what’s most likely the center of todays contemporary art scene.
As art itself is supposed to also exist apart from rules and established structures, it is our ambition to transfer this freedom and to create a place where not only the production of art, but also its presentation and perception can be achieved with the least restrictions possible – whether those be personal or time-related. The events and the participating artists will be announced as a unique happening, with no official line- up or planned time schedule. The audience will find the opportunity to “be right here, right now!”. Separated from the official Biennale events by the Venice lagoon, “Pane Per Poveri” will bring art to anyone at any time.