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The Independent explores the contents offered by independent and innovative realities, monitoring the growth of independent spaces and applying a strategy of viral awareness within which each independent group has its own virtual space where it can present its activities.


Independent groups & spaces

Telescope Beijing
Beijing, China

Telescope {artist studio} is a non-profit styled project space located in Cao Chang Di, Beijing. Its aim is to serve the emerging artists...

Thursday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Urban Gorillas
Nicosia, Cyprus

Urban Gorillas is an NGO based in Nicosia, Cyprus that is run by a multi-disciplinary team of urban enthusiasts who envision healthy and socially inclusive cities. Our Mission is to activate urban spaces and transform them into lively and creative hubs that...

Costruttori di Babele
Savona, Italy

Costruttori di Babele is a project based on fantastic architectures, environments, irregular universes created in Italy by “bricklayers of imaginary world”: unacknowledged, self-taught artists who devoted years of their life to the construction of a total...

Palagiano, Italy

Z.N.S. project, or “Zentral Nerve System”. More “Central nervous system ". The aim of the project is to Integrate Key feaures of creative processing, trying to transmit animated in exchange for answers. The project moves in the field of Contemporary Art...

February 2018

DIFFERENCES BLOSSOM. China’s contemporary arts ecology

China, which has been considered as a world superpower for many years, holds a key position on the global geopolitical chessboard. Apparently, the complex situation of the country does not hinder, but rather emphasises the need for a critical vision of many unresolved political, social and economic issues, which expresses itself through a plethora of initiatives revolving around independence. This issue of Garibaldi – which is a result of the cooperation with Institute for Provocation, a multidisciplinary collective based in Beijing, presented in the exhibition calendar of THE INDEPENDENT at the MAXXI from 12th October to 26th November 2017 – extends the mapping process to the dynamic independent scene of China, dwelling upon some of the peculiarities imposed by the territory and the overlaps between artistic practices and different contexts.

Curated by Elena Motisi, Simone Ciglia and Institute for Provocation



Founded in 1998 by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner in Caracas the group present a reflection on utopian theories and their development within the urban setting. From 2 December 2017 to 25 February 2018 at MAXXI.


Founded in Beijing in 2010, the group Institute for Provocation is an artistic organization and a working space that promotes cultural exchanges and production of a collective nature. From 12 October to 26 November 2017 at MAXXI


Caffè Internazionale is a Palermo-based club managed by production manager Darrell Shines, artist Stefania Galegati and Davide Ricco, an eclectic barman-curator. From 27 July to 1 October 2017 at MAXXI