REVERBERATIONS | SPAZIO GRIOT At The Mattatoio From June To July

For the third year in a row, Mattatoio hosts SPAZIO GRIOT and its new summer artistic programming with exhibition and public programme of talks, performances and live sets, from June 20 to July 28.

by GRIOT - Published on 13/06/2024

The programming features Reverberations, an exhibition curated by Johanne Affricot and Eric Otieno Sumba, which consists of three video installations by three international artists: Candice Breitz, with Whiteface (Italian Premiere) from June 20 to July 2; Ligia Lewis, with A Plot, A Scandal (European Premiere), from July 3 to July 16; Mónica de Miranda, with “Path to the Stars” from July 17 to July 28; and an accompanying public programme of talks, performances, live sets.

After exploring Sediments as an allegory for memory in 2022, and Refractions as a metaphor for representation in 2023, this year’s programme turns to the continuing effects of various hegemonic structures of power and the strategies employed to minimize and weaken their influence. The three videoinstallations prompt critical discourses around race, white supremacy and coloniality as the dark side of enlightenment thought, and advance Black-/and woman-led resistance as an enduring mode of futurity.


Candice Bretiz, Whiteface (2022). COURTESY the artist and SPAZIO GRIOT

Candice Breitz (b. 1972 in Johannesburg) is an artist whose moving-image installations have been shown internationally. In 2017, Breitz represented South Africa at the 57th Venice Biennale alongside Mohau Modisakeng. Through Whiteface (2022) the artist examines the functioning of whiteness and white supremacy. Candice Breitz draws on a long-standing archive which includes the voices of prominent political figures, news anchors and talk show hosts, as well as those of lesser-known or anonymous YouTubers, covering white perspectives that run the gamut from neo-Nazi ideology and far right propaganda, to everyday racism. The work becomes a critical survey of the language via which whiteness frames, normalises and leverages its power.


Ligia Lewis, A Plot, A Scandal (2023). Courtesy the artists and SPAZIO GRIOT

European premiere for A Plot A Scandal, by Ligia Lewis, the visual adaptation of the artist’s stage work which weaves together a series of historical events, political laws and mythical narratives, ranging from John Locke’s treatise on white man’s ‘natural rights’ to life, liberty and property, to Jose Aponte’s revolutionary plot that led to the antislave rebellion in 1812, to Lewis’s great-grandmother, a guiding figure for the community who unfolded alternative forms of resistance such as the Palo dance. The work was filmed in the historic quarters of Santarcangelo di Romagna (Italy), a site the artist sees as upholding “Eurocentric ideals of (white) Man’s dominion over the earth.” A Plot A Scandal is part of this year’s Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better than the Real Thing program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Mónica De Miranda, Path To The Stars (2022). COURTESY the artist and SPAZIO GRIOT

The Portuguese-Angolan artist Mónica de Miranda, who co-represents the Portugal Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale, presents “Path to the Stars” from July 17 to 28. The film follows the journey of a heroine on the Kwanza, the longest river in Angola, from dawn to dusk, as she confronts her own shadow and a multitude of temporalities and narratives. Mónica de Miranda proposes a counter-narrative composed of complex biographies that overlap and interact; the past, present, and future, shedding light on the invisible and uncelebrated figures who took part in the struggle for Independence, particularly women, and the ecological resources they defended, especially the waterways. The work honors the memory of anti-colonial freedom fighters, addresses the uncertainty dominating the present, and emphasizes the need for belonging, which in the future foresees a symbiosis with nature to prevent ecological crisis and extinction.


From this year, thanks to the collaboration and support of EXP – Caffè delle Esposizioni, the SPAZIO G Bar will be launched. A space of conviviality and proximity, offering  drinks and food, it will host various events, including DJ sets by Velia, Turbolenta, and Ramingo.

Curated by: SPAZIO GRIOT
Promoted by: Roma Culture e Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
Co-organized and co-produced by: SPAZIO GRIOT and Azienda Speciale Palaexpo
In collaboration with: EXP

From 20 June to 28 July
From Tuesday to Sunday
Free entrance
Mattatoio, Pelanda
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4


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