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SOCIAL VIDEOSCAPES FROM THE NORTH
18 September – 26 October 2013 Monday to Friday 3pm – 7pm special openings: Saturday 21 September on the occasion of StartWeek Saturday 5 October on the occasion of Giornata del Contemporaneo Works by Rúrí, Maria Friberg, Siri Hermansen, Eva Koch, Mika Taanila curated by Lorella Scacco Careof DOCVA Fabbrica del Vapore, via Procaccini 4, Milano Careof DOCVA hosts the collective exhibition Social Videoscapes from the North focused on the nordic video production. The exhibition is part of the inquiry, started by Careof early in 2013, on languages, poetics and protagonists of the video in the international arena. Social Videoscapes from the North, curated by Lorella Scacco, presents in Milan the video production of five famous artists: Maria Friberg (Sweden), Siri Hermansen (Norway), Eva Koch (Denmark), Rúrí (Iceland), Mika Taanila (Finland). The artworks are framed in a single project on one of the defining themes of the video production of the Nordic Countries: the attention to the social landscape. Starting from the relationship between man and society, each artist declines the theme according to his poetry, while maintaining the common denominator of a documentary approach to the narrative. Rúrí (Reykjavik, 1951), through video, performance and installation, conceives of making art, as an action of complaint between ethics, aesthetics and politics, presents in the show ITEMS, a work originally conceived in 16 mm in 1978 and subsequently revised (2005). Maria Friberg (Malmö, 1966), through photography and video, for example Transmission (2010), explores the themes of power, masculinity, the relationship between man and nature and social changes that ensue. Norwegian artist Siri Hermansen (Geneva, 1969), whose artistic practice is like a form of shared anthropology, presents two recent video productions Chernobyl Mon Amour (2012) and Land of Freedom (2012). Considered to be among the pioneers of Nordic video art, with particular attention to public space, Eva Koch (Frederiksberg, 1953) tells in her works, such as Evergreen (2006), stories of ordinary people borrowing references to Art History. The Finnish film director and video artist Mika Taanila (1965 Helsinki), active between visual arts and documentary film, part of the latest edition of Documenta (13), presents his latest creation My Silence (2013). Parallel to Social Videoscapes from the North, in the video room DOCVA, Careof presents Northwave. A Survey of Video Art in Nordic Countries, video selection curated by Lorella Scacco, already presented on the occasion of the homonymous publication in 2009 published by Silvana Editoriale, which traces the development of the video in the Nordic countries from the Sixties to today. The exhibition produced by Pro Artibus Foundation, affiliated with the Finnish Foundation for Swedish Culture in Finland, arrives in Milan at Careof DOCVA after being introduced in Finland at Ekenäs (24 May to 8 September 2013). On the occasion of the exhibition a trilingual (English, Swedish, Finnish) catalog was published by Pro Artibus, containing essays by the curator Lorella Scacco, by Catrin Lundqvist, curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and Chiara Agnello, artistic director of Careof DOCVA. — Lorella Scacco, art critic, journalist, and independent curator. Graduated in Contemporary Art and Aestethics she realizes lectures and seminars at several Universities, Academies and Foundations in Italy and abroad. Since 2004 she is member of SIE, the Italian Aesthetics Society. She is an expert in the contemporary art of Nordic countries and in the new media art. She contributes to specialized art magazines and she is author of Estetica mediale. Da Jean Baudrillard a Derrick de Kerckhove, Guerini, 2004, and Northwave. A Survey of Video Art in Nordic Countries, Silvana Editoriale, 2009. Selection of curated exhibition. 2010: Marian Heyerdahl, Castello Sforzesco, Milan. 2008: The Hot Season–Italian Art Now, Stenersen Museum, Oslo. 2007: Mobile Journey, 52 Biennale di Venezia, Venice. 2006: Artext, La Triennale, Milan. Careof is a non profit organization for the promotion of contemporary artistic research active in Milan, and since 1987 encourages cultural experimentation in all its forms, in particular the work of young artists. Careof itself as a privileged mediator between artists, curators, critics and non-specialist audience, through a rich program of exhibitions and educational documentation services on the visual arts held at the DOCVA and residency program for creative FDV Residency Program. Due to the interest for video search, Careof has accumulated an important asset, nerve center of many of the organized activities. Archiviovideo.it is the online database that collects over 6000 artists’ video and video documentation contained in DOCVA Video Archive.