Fondazione Made in Cloister: INTERACTION Napoli 24

Fondazione Made in Cloister: INTERACTION Napoli 24

The Other is different. Otherness is fear. Judgments as historical courses and recurrences, “the eternal return of everything” as Nietzsche points out, unfortunately. Struggles and fleeting teachings to reality, to understanding, to compassion. Interaction as salvation, interaction as conquest, interaction as redemption, interaction as art. Fondazione Made in Cloister is the place where relations and traditions, memories and contemporaneity, cultures and reflections meet. INTERACTION is the second edition of the international contemporary art biennial – curated by Demetrio Paparoni – whose theme The Other and Alterity investigates and confirms how art can be awareness and a medium for social debate.

Interaction Napoli 2024, Fondazione Made in Cloister, da sinistra: Chiara Calore, Cian Dayrit, Daniele Galliano, Aurelio Sartorio, Arvin Golrokh, Radu Belcin, al centro: Morten Viskum/Loredana Longo. Ph Francesco Squeglia

Thirty participating artists from different parts of the world: Giuditta Branconi, Radu Belcin, Arvin Golrokh, Daniele Galliano, Sergio Fermariello, Aurelio Santorio, Cian Dayrit, Chiara Calore, Samuel Nnorom, Jung Hyreyun, Henrik Placht, Letizia Cariello (LETIA), Wang Guangyi, Sophie Ko, Andres Serrano, Veronica Bisesti, Margaux Bricler, Domenico Bianchi, Filippo La Vaccara, Yue Minjun, Morten Viskum, Loredana Longo, Silvia Giambrone, Gianluigi Colin, Troy Makaza, Vanni Cuoghi, Zehra Dogan, Liu Jianhua, Francesco De Grandi, Ximena Garrido-Lecca.

Interaction Napoli 2024, Fondazione Made in Cloister, Yue Minjun, Cicada, 2023-2024, stampe digitali, installazione site specific, 2500 × 600 cm. Ph Francesco Squeglia

Inside Chiostro di S. Caterina, the headquarters of the Foundation, the works almost all follow each other around the perimeter of the space, in mutual and sometimes repelling communion. Reciprocal is the narration (Yue Minjun), repelling is the agony that is denied (Vanni Cuoghi). Disparity and inequality shines like a slash through the works on display, it is a message of help (Arvin Golrokh), not of distrust. The migratory flows become contemporary (Francesco De Grandi), recalling tragic Turnerian and Jerichoesque iconographies. As windows on the world, the image of a utopian horizon (Sophie Ko) is as much a synonym of beneficial research as of damned closure. Interaction with artifice stimulates consciousnesses galloping with interest, but fearful of the upper hand (Jung Hyreyun, Andreas Serrano). The absence of control and the craving for power relegates the individual to lobotomising the machine of his inner feeling. The human sacrifices nature to survive (Veronica Bisesti), condemning the other to the oblivion of wrong choices (Daniele Galliano). Is assonance a way of escape (Giuditta Branconi)? Making alive and colourful a darkened reality that, unfortunately, will repeatedly be the same, cruel one (Troy Makaza, Zehra Dogan, Chiara Calore).

Interaction Napoli 2024, Fondazione Made in Cloister, da sinistra: Gian Luigi Colin/ Zehra Dogan/Vanni Cuoghi/ Troy Makaza. Ph Francesco Squeglia

The works on display – some of them site-specific – in the disparity of languages and techniques, unify the subtext of this message as deleterious as it is truthful. Stimulating the thought of the other in the collectivity is synonymous with a propaganda that goes beyond politics, but is only and uniquely human. If it is true that McLuhan states ‘conflict begets change’ may art tell, speak, raise awareness about an ironclad and urgent need for debate, far from dominance, close to the other, differently equal. And in the ideological wake of union, Fondazione Made in Cloister enriches the international contemporary art biennial with three works by three artists on display in as many off-sites: in the Liceo Artistico di Napoli with Monumenti by Liu Jianhua, Palazzo Caracciolo with Famijia by Daniele Galliano, and tParco Re Ladislao with The Herbalist by Ximena Garrido-Lecca.


16/03 – 21/09/2024
Fondazione Made in Cloister
Piazza Enrico De Nicola 48, Napoli


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