Tiziana Pers's artistic research focuses on biocentrism, and works through the analysis and deconstruction of colonialism, racism, sexism, capitalism, speciesism and domination over nature. Precisely, the title of the exhibition alludes to the fact that the word "capitalism" derives from the Latin caput capitis, i.e. head of cattle. The objectification of the other that produces surplus value from work, or as in this case, from the forced reproduction of animals, forms the basis of the capitalist system.
More specifically, the common thread that binds all her practice, and the exhibition CAPUT CAPITIS in particular, is her project ART_HISTORY, always in-progress.
In the artist's words, ART_ HISTORY "consists in exchanging one of my paintings with an animal that was destined to be slaughtered: a horse, donkey, rabbit, lamb, chicken, pig, duck, goat, cow, goose...depending on project. The painting has the same height and dimensions as the animal to be saved. And I do not decide who will come with me: the butcher, or breeder makes the choice. A contract certifies the exchange.” In this way the project opens several questions on the attribution of an economic value to a sentient being as well as to a work of art, and at the same time on the possibility of art to interact with the actual situation and save a life.
On show in Milan a selection of works related to the Art History practice and to the liberated animals will be presented, starting from the exchange contracts. These include ART_HISTORY / Vucciria (2018), an action carried out in Palermo for Manifesta 12 (*).
ART_HISTORY is also closely linked to the other fundamental project of Pers’ practice: the residence for artists and animal sanctuary RAVE East Village Artist Residency, founded together with his sister Isabella, in which every year an international artist is invited to live with the saved animals and to develop an artistic project that is somehow the result of this interaction.
The exhibition, although not exhaustive, aims to present the complexity of an artistic research that is largely grounded on concrete action.
Tiziana Pers studied Foreign Languages and Literature, and developed her doctoral research on the dialogue between visual arts and literature. Among the last public events to which she took part are worth mentioning: Ex Wunderkammern, double solo show with Regina Josè Galindo, curated by Mylène Ferrand and Robert Baramov at the National Museum of Natural History in Sofia (BG), Art_History / Vucciria, (*) 2018, performance realized in scope of Memoria Collettiva. Casa Spazio hosts Casa Sponge curated by Lorenzo Calamia and Serena Ribaudo / Border Crossing collateral event MANIFESTA 12, Palermo and her participation with the video RAVE to the project THE INDEPENDENT curated by Elena Motisi and NESXT, MAXXI National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, Rome. Her works and performances have been presented in numerous museums and institutions, among which: Lapidarium Museum, Novigrad, Croatia; Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, South Korea; Drawing Madrid (aA29 Project Room) Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris; PAV Living Art Pavilion Turin; Museum of Natural History of Trieste and Milan; Palazzo Pretorio Volterra; Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art; Italian Market Hong Kong; One Night Stand Gallery, Sofia; Prix-Pictet Palais De Tokyo Paris; Old Police Station, London; 53. Venice Biennale e. c .; Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia; TriesteContemporanea, Trieste; N.Est Museo MADRE Naples; DIFC Dubai; Dade Public Library Miami. She has lectured at numerous universities and institutions, including: MAXXI Rome Museum, Polytechnic of Milan, University of Trieste and Udine, PAC Contemporary Art Pavilion in Milan, NABA Milan, Contemporary Dolomites, École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy.
CAPUT CAPITIS I
Curated by Gabriela Galati
With a text by Gabi Scardi
Media partner That’s Contemporary
Opening Wednesday March 27th, 6.30pm
aA29 Project Room Milan
Piazza Caiazzo 3