Curated by: Marcella Beccaria
Co-curated by Marcella Beccaria and Bronwyn Lace and co-organized by Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli-Turin, Italy and The Center for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Marinella Senatore project. The School of Narrative Dance, Johannesburg is winner of the 4th edition of the Italian Council (2018), a competition conceived by the Directorate General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Suburbs (DGAAP) of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, to promote the Italian contemporary art in the world.
Through his participatory artistic practice, Marinella Senatore (Cava de ’Tirreni, Salerno, 1977) questions the bio-politics of different communities, bypassing the traditionally separate roles of artist and public to create a new artistic movement, exciting and contagious. By strengthening the collective resources of the individuals involved in its projects, Senatore builds experiences based on an unconventional educational model of learning and participation, offering a platform for collaboration and social gatherings. His approach aims to contribute ethically to a more democratic and collective understanding of creativity. Senator uses multiple disciplines, including performance, installation, film, photography, drawing and collage.
Marinella Senatore. The School of Narrative Dance, Johannesburg at The Center for the Less Good Idea is the first exhibition of the work of Senator in a non-profit institution in South Africa. The exhibition presents a selection of the main cinematographic works, new designs and performative projects. The films screened include Nui Simu (2010), the story of a community of over thirty retired miners from the Sicilian town of Enna, whose economy up until the 1970s centered on sulfur mines; Rosas (2012), a work for the screen in three acts, on loan from the collections of Castello di Rivoli, and the recent Procession in Palermo (2018). This last film documents the public parade consisting of parades, dances and music, which took place on the occasion of Manifesta 12 (June 2018) through the historic center of Palermo. The drawings include a group of about 80 new works on paper, made specifically by Senator in reference to public gatherings of feminist assemblies and non-violent protests in various cultures and communities. The exhibition continues with The School of Narrative Dance (2013 - in progress). Presented in the form of a large dance floor, the performative installation is based on the idea of dance as a common open language to celebrate the vernacular, amateur and professionally prepared gestures of the participants. Having been made available to the public as a free and usable structure, the space welcomes and invites the collaboration of individuals and local associations.
In conjunction with the exhibition, October 26, 2019 The Center for the Less Good Idea will be the stage of The School of Narrative Dance, Johannesburg - The Parade, a performance hosted in the Center's sixth season (October 23-27, 2019). Including dance, music and singing, the Senator event will present different forms of cultural expressions and peaceful resistance, according to a choreography developed in collaboration with the participants, starting from a series of local traditions. The parade, together with the process of cultural research and exchange with local communities, will be the subject of a new film by the artist that will become part of the permanent collection of the Castello di Rivoli thanks to the support of the Italian Council. The film will be shot during the performance and its preparation, documenting the ways in which artistic creativity can evolve as a shared process between multiple cultures and languages.
"Contagiously positive and radiant, Senator's practice stimulates the formation of new communities, reinventing the possibilities of art as an agent of exchange and cultural growth. This extraordinary project stimulates creative ideas by connecting people and continents, nourishing the collaboration between The Center for the Less Good Idea and the Castello di Rivoli with its wonderful energy ", say the curators Marcella Beccaria and Bronwyn Lace.
Founded by William Kentridge in November 2016, The Center for the Less Good Idea owes part of its name to a Twana proverb: "If the good doctor can't cure you, find the doctor less good." The Center aims to support artists in finding "the least good idea" and promotes experimental, collaborative and interdisciplinary art projects. Marinella Senatore. The School of Narrative Dance, Johannesburg is the host project of the sixth season.
The Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art hosts prestigious collections and promotes creativity, research, participatory education and the development of knowledge mainly in the field of contemporary art. The mission of the Castle is to support the understanding of our times through art and culture, involving the local and international public.