Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Public Program Seth Siegelaub: Textile Art Theory

18 November–16 December 2023
Fondazione Antonio Ratti e Triennale Milano

The public program, dedicated to the exhibition Seth Siegelaub: Textile, Art and Theory by Triennale Milano and Fondazione Antonio Ratti, alternates three days dedicated to a series of meetings, presentations, panel discussions and performances in both Como and Milan between November and December.

The multidisciplinary funds composed of textile artifacts and books, now part of the Ratti Foundation's collections, encapsulates the vision and research of an eclectic figure, who is still considered a source of inspiration for artists, cultural workers, collectors and publishers internationally. Seth Siegelaub faced a variety of disciplines over his career, moving from the conceptual art of the 1970s to art and political publishing activities and passionate, noncommercial collecting of textiles and books on textiles.

He considered art, publishing and textiles - that represented for him powerful tools to read and understand contemporary reality - are the pivotal points of this program.

Alternating between presentations, debates, performances and lectures, within the exhibition spaces that host the exhibition between Milan and Como, the three days of in-depth study will be organized around some thematic focuses such as: the publishing format as an exhibition and curatorial platform; textile art as a mirror of world cultures and contemporary art as a vehicle for the urgencies and needs of the present; the relationship between art and work in contemporary society starting from the Artist' Agreement conceived by Seth Siegelaub and Daniel Projansky.

These themes will be interpreted in different formats and natures, performed and actualized by heterogeneous voices of artists, researchers, legal experts, conservators, activists and thinkers invited to speak on topics and practices whose burning relevance is evident today.

18.11.23 / 2.12.23
Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como

Triennale, Milano

Curated by
Martina Angelotti, Lorenzo Benedetti

With: Biennalocene/Emanuele Braga (collective project/artist activist); Marja Bloem (Egress Foundation); Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti (AWI, curator); Danilo Corrreale (artist); Emmy de Groot (textile conservator); Alessandra Donati (lawyer and professor); Vincenzo Estremo (writer and curator); Roberta Genta (Centro di Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale); Matthieu Laurette (artist); Sara Martinetti (researcher); Daniel McLean (lawyer); Michalis Pichler (artist); Mario Garcia Torres (artist); Frances-Marie Uitti (cellist and composer); Lauren Van Haaften Schick (curator and researcher); Andrea Wiarda & Katia Anguelova (Kunstverein Milano)

Free entrance upon reservation
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