November 2016_by Marcella Vanzo
The exhibition at FM Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea constitutes an in depth investigation of a precise moment in 20th Century Art by means of presenting a collection.
Non aligned modernity is a show dense with hundreds of experimental, substantial, avantgarde artwork revealing the richness and the vastness of Eastern Europe artists and their practice: Motika's experiments, the experimental films by Aleksandar Srnec and by OHO Group, the work of the Group of Six Authors. Mounted with great care and a very interesting design, this extensive survey also sheds light on the relationship between the Gorgona Group and their Italian fellows, showing their vivacious correspondence with Piero Manzoni and Enzo Mari among others. Unofficial exhibiting spaces are documented too: independent galleries NET and PERMAFO in Poland; At the Moment in Zagreb; First Open Studio in Bratislava.
Three performances dotted the opening night.
Katalin Ladik, a Hungarian poet, performance artist and actress, presented Transit Zoon, a hunting performance that brought about the helpless horror of gazing everyday at thousand of immigrants: a chased animal, she stood exposed behind a metal wire that blocked her movements while a loudspeaker emitted disturbing toy voices and animal squeaking, while people kept filming and photographing her. From work to creation: on an oblong paper carpet that cuts the room in two, a white-haired man draws circles, each one a different color. Circles, he explains later, stand for nests, houses, domes. In the middle of each circle he lays an egg – the symbol for life - his hand shaking each time, the movement yet exact. People wait, there are more then 50 eggs on the floor. Calm and concentrated, when the last egg is laid, he picks up a hammer and one by one smashes them: physical energy, the same one is needed to create and destroy. The room smells, the applause explodes. The man, the artist, Radomir Damnjanovic Damnjan, is a Serbian artist who lives between Milan and Belgrade and his an open-ended performance that deconstructs the process of working, is meant for people to watch and learn to make their own meaning.
Last but not least, Vlado Martek - a Crotian artist and a member of the Group of Six Artists, who works with visual poetry - crossed us a few times around the exhibition, watching us with witty eyes, through a mask that said: Qualsiasi cosa facciate siate coraggiosi come gli artisti [Whatever you do, be as brave as artists], bringing about in a very ironic way, the importance of experimentation and avant-garde courage, which lies at the core of all the art we’ve just seen.