Claudio Zecchi in residence at Tokyo Arts and Space

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UKYA is proud to be supporting Curator, Claudio Zecchi as he embarks on a month-long residency in Tokyo. A critical friend of UKYA, Claudio has worked with us on a number of projects, including Blackpool Weekender, Work in Common and our upcoming Cornish Weekender

After Milan (Fabbrica del Vapore, 2014), New York (Residency Unlimited, 2015), Nottingham (New Art Exchange, 2016) and São Paulo (PIVÔ Pesquisa, 2017), Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment will run in Tokyo (February and March 2018) hosted by TOKAS – Tokyo Arts and Space.

Tokyo’s chapter is the continuation of a long-term discursive research by Claudio, on the relationship between art and the public sphere. As the project is the culmination of months of conversations with local artists, curators, institutions, and communities, the aim is to unearth and incentivizing the presence of alternative spaces and potential outcomes generated by the discourse itself.

The project is Institutionally supported by TOKAS, BJCEM, UKYA and RAMDOM.

Claudio Zecchi is an independent curator whose field of research aims at investigating, in a state of cultural nomadism, a new vision and reading of the public sphere exploring the mutual relationship between the practices – artistic, curatorial and institutional – the territory and the local communities.

Conceived as a long-term discursive research focused on the relationship between art and the public sphere, his research surveys specific territories. As the project is the culmination of months of conversations with local artists, curators, institutions, and communities, the aim is to unearth and incentivizing the presence of alternative spaces and potential outcomes generated by the discourse itself.

The outcome so far has always been different. He investigated the concept of activism (Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan); the role that artists, curators, institutions perform in the contemporary society at large (Residency Unlimited, New York); the topic of the language (New Art Exchange, Nottingham) and the topic of architecture and urbanism (PIVÔ Pesquisa, São Paulo). The fifth chapter of this research will soon run in Japan (TOKAS - Tokyo Arts and Space, Tokyo, February - March 2018, with the Institutional support of BJCEM, UKYA, and RAMDOM).

Over the years he developed medium and long-term multidisciplinary projects that aim at generating, encourage and nurture a dialogue in a continues dialectical tension between different forms of thought, processes, and practices.

UKYA will share some info and insight into Claudio's residency as it unfolds. 

Laura Evans