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The Insubric Line

Opening: 01.06.2024, 6.30 pm
02.06 - 13.10.2024
Artists: Liliana Angulo Cortés, Sammy Baloji, Binta Diaw, Abdessamad El Montassir, Alessandra Ferrini, Ufuoma Essi, Kapwani Kiwanga, Francis Offman, Vashish Soobah, Betty Tchomanga, The School of Mutants
Curated by: Lucrezia Cippitelli, Simone Frangi

The Insubric Line is the debut exhibition of the three-year curatorial programme The Invention of Europe. A tricontinental narrative (2024-2027). The collective exhibition brings together a group of artists connected to the African continent around the speculative image of the Insubric Line, a geo-point that runs through the city of Meran(o) and forms a seam in the Earth’s surface that emerged following the collision of the European and African tectonic plates. During the Jurassic era, Africa and Europe were in fact separated by the Tethys Sea: the following epochs saw the African plate move northwards towards the European plate, causing a gradual narrowing of the Tethys that culminated in the collision of the two plates. As the European plate slid under the African plate, the latter gave substance to the mineral material that today forms the Alps.

The Insubric Line, composed of the fusion of the “more-than-human” substances deposited along the edges of these plates, is a material metaphor through which to bring out the complexities that have constructed the present-day Europe. The narrative of European identity and purity is deconstructed from a geological reality: the orographic image of the line that, today visible as a scar, gives form to the complexity of a history that, in the case of the encounter between Africa and Europe, began 65 million years ago.

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„SPINE SOTTOPELLE“, das erste Bulletin von „Anmerkungen zur Insubrischen Linie ist soeben erschienen!

In Zusammenarbeit zwischen Kunst Meran und dem Masterstudiengang Visual Cultures and Curatorial Practices der Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera sind eine Reihe an Kurztexten entstanden, in denen sich die Studierenden mit den Künstler*innen und Themen der Ausstellung „Die Insubrische Linie“ auseinandersetzten.
Auf Grundlage der künstlerischen Forschung und Praxis von beispielsweise Francis Offman, Binta Diaw, Kapwani Kiwanga und Liliana Angulo Cortés entstehen reflexive Beiträge, die eine erweiterte Perspektive zur Ausstellung bieten.
Die Essays erscheinen einmal im Monat.

Viel Spaß bei der Lektüre!



A house for contemporary art in the old part of Merano

Open all year round, Merano Arte presents changing exhibitions in the fields of fine arts, architecture, literature, music, photography, and new media on 500 square meters of exhibition space over three floors. The body responsible for the institution is the non-profit association Kunst Meran Merano Arte, which is financed by  public and private funds.



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