Thessaloníki

“The Gesture”

Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

The Gesture: A Visual Library in Progress” is a Greek-Italian production whose ultimate aim is the establishment of a library to make video works accessible to a broader public. Organized by curators Marina Fokidis, Sergio Risaliti, and Daphne Vitali, it traveled to the Quarter–Centro Produzione Arte, Florence (where Risaliti is artistic director). The pivotal interest in this project lies in the gesture and the gesturing body as it has been explored in video and photography from the ’60s to the present, with a focus on performance, action, and bodily experience that underline social, political, identity, and gender issues and activism. “The Gesture” is a work in progress, hence no claim to comprehensiveness can be assumed. Nonetheless, there were unexpected omissions at Thessaloníki, ranging from such pioneers as Nam June Paik and his Fluxus colleagues to Rebecca Horn.

Such reservations

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