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Shortly after the quarantine began, Galleria Michela Rizzo felt the need to create a working group to analyze the historical moment of the pandemic.
The artists Matthew Attard, Francesco Jodice, Ryts Monet, Antoni Muntadas, David Rickard, Alessandro Sambini and Mariateresa Sartori, the curators Elena Forin and Denis Isaia and the web designer Simona Bariselli met on Skype every week together with Michela Rizzo to discuss urgencies of this dramatically exceptional and unexpected moment.
Re-Index is a website that collects texts, works and video testimonies of the participants, giving life to shared reflections and visions, proposals, analyzes and discussions.
Jodice, Sambini and Bariselli in Milan, Monet in Vienna, Sartori and Rizzo in Venice, Forin in Parma, Rickard in London, Attard in Edinburgh, Isaia in Rovereto, and Muntadas in Sao Paulo in Brazil with practically impossible connections and the doubt of being able to return to New York: not only places, but also very different scenarios from which non-homogeneous ways and times have arisen.
From these encounters in the context of imprisonment, questions first arose: what effect does isolation have on artistic languages? And what is the impact on visions and the development of imaginaries? Which channels are possible and which (or who) are the recipients of the artistic work? And finally, what is the nature of space and time in isolation?
Re-Index is an attempt to give answers to these questions through artistic work, critical reflection, the methods of sharing projects, communication and rapprochement between the various figures in the world of art.
To make it possible to use this transversal map of ideas and contributions, Re-Index has taken the form of a website structured like the index of a book. The various chapters collect the contents developed within this debate, but the structure of Re-Index remains open to the introduction of new paragraphs until the end of the quarantine: this is a story that we are writing and that every day can compose new panoramas, solutions and perspectives.
Alessandro Sambini (Rovigo, 1982).
Born in Rovigo in 1982, he lives and works in Milan. After obtaining a degree in Design and Arts from the Free University of Bolzano and an MA in Research Architecture within the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths' College in London, he moved to Milan. Here he began to work with photography, video and other multimedia supports and to question the needs and methods that regulate the production of new images, their circulation and diffusion and the different areas of relationship between the image itself and its public. Since 2019 he has been working on the public performance 1624, curated by Elena Forin and on project MARIO. In 2017 he participated in the collective exhibition Fuocoapaesaggio curated by Dolomiti Contemporanee and was selected to participate in Plat(t)form 2017 at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur; in 2016 the Fondo Privato Acquisizioni per l’arte contemporanea of ArtVerona selected the work People at an exhibition for acquisition and deposit at MA*GA, Gallarate. The same work was presented on the occasion of the solo exhibition of the same name curated by Denis Isaia in July 2016 at Galleria Michela Rizzo. In the same year he participated in the group show Stories From the Edge, curated by Francesca Lazzarini, at the Kunsthaus in Graz (Austria) and in the exhibition On New Italian Photography, curated by Fantom at the Viasaterna Gallery (Milan 2016). The artist's projects were also presented during: Foto/Industria, 2nd Biennial of Industrial Photography, curated by François Hébel, at MAST (Bologna, 2015); Flags, at Serra dei Giardini, curated by Elena Forin (Venice, 2014); Lo Spettatore Emancipato, curated by Angela Madesani, at Galleria Giovanni Bonelli (Milan, 2014). He has collaborated with various institutions, including MUSEION, FORMA, MUFOCO, MAST, MA*GA and Triennale di Milano; in 2009 he won the XXIII Premio Gallarate Per Le Arti Visive, Terzo Paesaggio. Fotografia Italiana Oggi and was a finalist in the GD4PhotoArt award, promoted by MAST. He is co-founder of the collective POIUYT and his works are in the collections of MAGA, MUFOCO and Fondazione MAST.