Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Joan Jonas

Invisible Miracles

Artists' Research Laboratory (XIII CSAV)
2–21 July 2007

"Constructing an image while working with the idea of time in the particular spaces of Como, indoor and outdoor, we will explore the possibilities of poetic structure in relation to movement within a place.
My work has always involved the use of objects or props that inspire the dance of the every day, drawings, and fragments of thought. In Como we will make our props or objects working with the materials at hand, such as paper, cloth, wood and wire, while revealing the invisible miracles of the surroundings. Final works, both individually and as a group, will involve the residue or fossil of the experience of working with space, time, and structure. Additional sources will include the reading of poems and the viewing of films."
(Joan Jonas)

Annie Ratti
Anna Daneri
Cesare Pietroiusti
Roberto Pinto
Caterina Riva

Invited artist

Joan Jonas (b. 1936 New York) lives and works in New York. She is considered a pioneer of video and performance art emerging in the late 1960s. Her influence is crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres; from performance and video to conceptual art and theatre. Throughout her long artistic career Jonas tirelessly explores the female subjectivity, employing a complex repertoire including gestures, self-representations and images in movement. Her oeuvre is distinguished by a vast repertoire of themes and expressions which, starting with her first self-reflective works – in which the artist worked around transformations of her own body – and leading all the way to her recent creations connected with an investigation into texts and the story, examines reality and its representation. Her artistic practice is based on intuitive forms of assembly and superimposition, and utilizes elements taken from epic poetry, fables and short stories which, though drawn from specific cultures and time periods, take on a universal valence.

Jonas has received numerous honours from various institutions including: The Guggenheim Foundation (1976) and The Rockefeller Foundation (1990); as well as recognitions like the CAPS Award (1971 and 1974), the Deren Award given by the American Film Institute (1989), and the Anonymous Was A Woman Award (1998). She has held solo shows and performances at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1994), Queens Museum of Art in New York (2004), the Dia:Beacon in New York (2005), Castello di Rivoli (2006) and at MACBA in Barcelona (2007). The artist has also participated in numerous group shows over the past thirty years, including the 2009 Venice Biennale and various editions of Documenta in Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 2002, 2012). In 2015 Joan Jonas has represented the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale. Recently Joan Jonas was made Professor emerita at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston.

Participant artists

Michele Bazzana
Jacopo Candotti
Martina Della Valle
Line Ellegaard
Alicia Frankovich
Daniele Genadry
Yuki Higashino
Jamie Macchiusi
Jacopo Miliani
Primoz Novak & Nika Oblak
Helena O'Connor
Luigi Presicce
Moira Ricci
Anna Rispoli
Ryan Siegan Smith
Alberto Tadiello
Johanna Torkkola


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