Nov 22 2019

in collaboration with Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani


72 Salaminos str.
104 35 Athens

12:00 - 17:00

ATOPOS cvc in collaboration with Prometeo Gallery di Ida Pisani, present the ‘Questo anonimato è sovversivo’ one-day performance / workshop of the artist Ruben Montini.

The performance / workshop consists on a journey through each European Country and it aims to create a colossal hand embroidery piece that will be the result of the cooperation between people living across the EU.
During the tour, the artist invite people who practice hand embroidery, not only on a professional scale, but also as a free time activity or a hobby, and also people who simply want to experiment their skills and contribute to the project. Thus, the artists ask them to intervene directly on the same fabric, a white cotton cloth which measures approximately 30 meters long and 1.50 meters wide. They are welcome to occupy any space of the cloth, empty or already taken by other participants, and free to express themselves using the embroidery as media, with no restrictions or no borders, just like the EU should be.
Each participant’s contribution will be a significant addition to the final piece. However, when losing the specificity and recognisability as an individual work, it will culminate in a special dialogue, a unique motif that metaphorically expresses the beauty of the EU, a melting pot of different people, sharing common grounds and similar cultural backgrounds.

The work has started at the end of April 2017 when students and teachers at the Royal School of Needlework have worked for an entire day on the white cotton cloth.
During the travel, the artist is accompanied by photographer Ela Bialkowska, who documents the entire journey and every single encounter. The work, therefore, will be completed by a printed catalog composed by a selection of photographs and videos illustrating the entire process.

Friday 22/11, 12:00 – 17:00

About the Artist:

Ruben Montini (Italy, 1986) lives and works in Verona. In 2010 he earn a MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint MartinsCollege of Art & Design of London, after receiving a BA inVisual Arts, Painting degree, from the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, and a scholarship awarded at the Manchester Metropolitan University. In his artistic research, he develops a visual language that is at the same time radical, romantic and nostalgic, while looking at the history of performance, especially those works developed by feminist central european artists in the ‘60s and 70’s. His practice is tackling pressing issues related to communities that are changing the European social geography, carrying on an analysis on what it means for him to be a contemporary citizen, a migrant within the European Union and be part of the LGBT reality.

He took part in several international shows, both in private and public institutions, such as: The Brno House of Arts, Brno (2018); Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin (2017); MAN_Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro (2017); Zisa, Palermo (2016); Tenuta dello Scompiglio, (2016); Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castel, Warsaw (2015); Museo Ettore Fico, Turin (2015); Turtle Salon in the Forest, Fargfabriken, Stockholm; Oratoire du Louvre, Paris (2015); Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Buenos Aires (2014-2015); ArtStays, Ptuj – Slovenia (2014); Teoremi, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova (2014); Piece, Teatro Studio Krypton, Scan- dicci – Florence (2014); Microutopias of the everyday and Theatre of Life, Co Ca Znaki Czausu, Torùn – Poland (2013 – 2012); Art International, Istanbul (2013); Piccolo Festival, University of Trento (2012); Luce e Movimento, Signum Foundation for the Biennale of Architecture, Venice (2010); Realpresence, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2008); MKG, Belgrade (2008).