I miss my Enemies - Biennale di Venezia

I miss my Enemies - Biennale di Venezia An era of emphasis on programmed friendship that guts the term of meaning. A transient plane of contact where it is forbidden to have enemies. Take sides.

Pervasive social network language that lets you “like” but not “dislike”, share but not conceal. Terms lose meaning without opposites. Writers decree the downfall of ideological systems. But isn’t an anti-ideological stance an ideology itself, sneakily posing as objectivity? The most striking Wikileaks revelation was that under the rhetoric of international amity operative modes of prejudice, poli

tical incorrectness, nationalism and ideology live on. Could open statement of enmity be a first step towards understanding? Could taking sides clarify crippling ambiguities of a society (and art world) whose claim to accommodate all expressions deprives them of force? Propaganda changes its approach, flaunting staged controversy to justify media servitude. Increased information/disinformation flow reveals the daunting complexity of the world, raising doubts about the identity of the forces involved. Who is really the enemy? Opinions vary, no clear analysis seems to be available in spite of great verbal expenditure. Hollywood romcoms endlessly reworked the fated love story fraught with misunderstandings and defensive posturing, teaching us a moral: opposites attract, debate makes energy. During the Cold War we always had the suspicion that our enemies had to be really cool and interesting, if only because so many idiots seemed to hate them. But today the enemy is hidden, ambiguous, maybe even imagined. “We have met the enemy and he is us” said Pogo, via Walt Kelly, regarding our willful destruction of our planet. An awareness that sounds like maturity but can lead to paralysis. I miss my enemies… and maybe they miss me.


The curator Oxana Maleeva and Art Apart organizes the exhibition...


Steve Piccolo and Gak Sato...


Timeline Photos


"Believe me I am an artist"
video 6'54'', 2000


"Consequences", 2010
digital print on 25m pvc roll
Photo by Valerio Gavana


Breaking Icons by a diplomatic artist...


The official video of I miss my Enemies...


Opening Preview on 1 of June 2011, Monastero SS Cosma e Damiano, Giudecca, Venice


Alessandro Manzoni


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