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Dear you

Postal mail
March - May 2021 | Submission closed


Dear you, curated by Caterina Moltenistems from a reflection on the boundaries and potential of individual intimate space. Considering the current conditions of semi-isolation into which the world population is forced, the project intends to observe intimacy not only as a painful loneliness, but as a place for a possible and flourishing self-determination.

The project aims to look at introspective reflection and its practice as a place of transformation which conceives identity as a constantly evolving dimension. A possible source of political and social revolution as well as being personally and emotively transformative.

Dear you seeks to re-evaluate emotional conditions and experiences such as fragility and emotional sensitivity, enhancing their generative features. It incites new forms of love, eroticism, friendship and loyalty, reflecting on possible emotional and physical resources capable of expanding our spectrum of self-representation and desire (personal and collective).

The exhibition will be structured through six works by international artists whose practice is strongly linked to poetry, writing and performance. Postal mail will be used as the way to communicate and receive artworks.

Delivered as six letters in the form of poems, short stories, posters and scores for performative acts to be performed alone or in a group, pieces that are performative devices in and of themselves, the works dialogue with the creative dimension of language, looking both at reading as a transformative experience, and fiction as a fertile ground to represent desirable conditions.

Dear you expressly refers to love correspondence to accentuate the strong intimacy evoked by the receipt of a letter. In particular, to underline how postal correspondence is capable of feeding dynamics of care, thanks to the ability to transform a distant voice into something tangible and close.

Dear you includes works by Hamja Ahsan (London, 1981), Giulia Crispiani (Ancona, 1986), Ingo Niermann (Bielefeld, 1969), Allison Grimaldi Donahue (Middletown, 1984), Dora García (Valladolid, 1965) and David Horvitz (Los Angeles, 1982).

Shipment of the first letter: March 31, 2021 - Dora Garcia
Shipment of the second letter: April 13, 2021 - Allison Grimaldi Donahue
Shipment of the third letter: May 3, 2021 - Hamja Ahsan
Shipment of the fourth letter: May 20, 2021 - Giulia Crispiani
Shipment of the fifth letter: June 10, 2021 - Ingo Niermann
Shipment of the sixth letter: June 30, 2021 - David Horvitz

Visual identity of the project: Mattia Pajè.

Info and submission procedures (submission open from February 19 to March 14, 2021)