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The Independent is the research project dedicated to independent thinking and practice promoted by MAXXI – the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. Conceived in 2014 by Hou Hanru, the project is curated by Giulia Ferracci and Elena Motisi with research support from Simone Ciglia and the contribution of Aria Spinelli.

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Independents

Independent Groups and Spaces

Independents presents the online mapping of independent entities. Generated in 2014 through an open call, since 2019 it has been extended thanks to the support of a series of contributors who propose each year a selection of the most innovative groups and spaces on the independent scene.

Aspra.mente

Aspra.mente originated in 2006 from the idea of "work in progress", intended as the conception of interdisciplinary projects which develop over time. The work which arises is often the product of an in-depth preliminary research connected to the socio-cultural context of the...

Informal group / Exhibitions / Public Program / Workshop (seminars / labs / residencies / …) / Visual Arts / Curatorship / Social Practice / Participative art / Public art / Activism / Ecology / Politics

VIAINDUSTRIAE

VIAINDUSTRIAE is a non-profit cultural association and architects collective, born in 2005 to manage and "perform" an archive of modern and contemporary art private collection. Then it activates a series of specific projects with the artists seeking to involve them with...

Association no for profit / Independents Arts Organisation / Exhibitions / Publications / Public Program / Workshop (seminars / labs / residencies / …) / Architecture / Urban Planning / Design / Visual Arts / Curatorship / Social Practice / Participative art / Public art / Activism / Ecology / Economy / Gender / Literature / Politics

IDENSITAT

IDENSITAT is an arts project investigating ways of impacting upon the public sphere through creative proposals related to place and territory in their spatial, temporal and social dimensions. IDENSITAT has been in continuous transformation to become a complex system,...

Association no for profit / Exhibitions / Publications / Public Program / Workshop (seminars / labs / residencies / …) / Architecture / Urban Planning / Design / Visual Arts / Curatorship / Social Practice / Participative art / Public art / Activism / Ecology / Economy / Gender / Politics

The Blank Contemporary Art

The Blank Bergamo Contemporary Art is a non-profit cultural association established in Bergamo in 2010 in order to spread and develop passion and curiosity for contemporary art. “The Blank”, literally a space to be filled, is intended as a place of encounter for Bergamo’s...

Association no for profit / Exhibitions / Publications / Public Program / Workshop (seminars / labs / residencies / …) / Visual Arts / Curatorship / Social Practice / Participative art / Public art / Activism / Ecology / Economy / Music / Politics

Associazione 22:37

22:37 is a non-profit association with an artistic and cultural aim. Founded in February 2009 from the meeting of young curators and artists whose common feature is the interest in artistic production and curatorship in different European environments. The association rises...

Artist Run Space / Independents Arts Organisation / Exhibitions / Publications / Visual Arts / Curatorship / Social Practice / Participative art / Public art / Activism / Ecology / Gender / Politics

Emma

Emma is a self-organised collaborative and curatorial organisation for artistic and cultural practices, which encourages dialogue and exploration in the arts. It creates learning and residential opportunities for artists and other cultural producers through diverse forms of...

Association no for profit / Exhibitions / Publications / Public Program / Workshop (seminars / labs / residencies / …) / Visual Arts / Curatorship / Activism / Ecology / Economy / Gender / Politics

Radio Papesse

Radio Papesse is an online audio archive devoted to contemporary art; it is a place for the documentation and the articulation of a critical discourse around the visual arts and at the same time it...

Association no for profit / Platform (website / online journal / digital museum / ...) / Public Program / Radio / Workshop (seminars / labs / residencies / …) / Visual Arts / Curatorship / New media / Other / Activism / Music / Politics

Surplace

Surplace artspace is an independent working space that promotes contemporary art and artistic techniques, blurring the boundaries of the stereotypical roles of the artist, the administrator, the critic, the art gallery manager etc.. The work of art is the core of this...

Artist Run Space / Exhibitions / Visual Arts / Curatorship / Other

The Wall The wall è lo spazio fisico nel museo MAXXI dedicato a The Independent. La parete del foyer Carlo Scarpa è affidata periodicamente a una selezione di realtà indipendenti che presentano, in una configurazione sempre nuova, uno statement sulla propria identità.

12 July 2018 – 17 February 2019
Carlo Scarpa Foyer

The second 2018 event of The Independent revolves around NESXT – Independent Art Network.

NESXT will draw a symbolic map of the practices that inhabit the ever-expanding independent national scene on the wall dedicated to The Independent by proposing a selection of eight projects: Adiacenze (Bologna), Giuseppefraugallery (Gonnesa), Localedue (Bologna), Lu Cafausu (San Cesario di Lecce), Quartiere Intelligente (Napoli), RAVE-East Village Artist Residency (Trivignano Udinese), Spazio Buonasera (Turin), There is no place like home (Rome).

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7 march – 8 july 2018
Carlo Scarpa Foyer

The Independent opens 2018 with the MoRE group, the digital museum that collects, preserves and exhibits on line unrealised projects by 20th- and 21st-century artists. It also won i8, namely the initiative of the ArtVerona fair dedicated to independent spaces.
For this MAXXI event, MoRE presents WunderMoRE, a project curated by Ilaria Bignotti, Elisabetta Modena, Valentina Rossi, Marco Scotti and Anna Zinelli that showcases the museum’s archive by use of a collection of images.

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2 December 2017 – 25 February 2018
curated by Elena Motisi
Carlo Scarpa Foyer

Founded in 1998 by Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner in Caracas, since 2010 the group has been operating within the ambit of the Zurich Polytechnic, working on an international level with people from various disciplines and promoting dialogue between developing and developed countries.

At MAXXI Urban-Think Tank is presenting Città Parangolé, a reflection on utopian theories and their consequent development within the ambit of the contemporary urban context.

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Garibaldi Journal

Garibaldi is The Independents online magazine. Active since 2017 with a fluid editorial team that for every issue involves intellectuals, critics or contemporary thinkers and/or an independent group. Garibaldi investigates – through a multiple gaze – themes and geographical contexts of the independent practices. 

#05 / July 2018

NESXT

On the occasion of the MAXXI event, this issue of Garibaldi will be co-edited by NESXT – Independent Art Network. NESXT, which was born in Turin in 2016, is a festival, an observatory and a network devoted to the Italian independent scene, and has been a partner of THE INDEPENDENT since 2017. The space for in-depth analysis provided by the Journal will see NESXT introduce itself through its own manifesto and an interview to Artistic Director Olga Gambari, proposing a reflection on the roots and philosophical statute of independence.

 

edited by NESXT, Elena Motisi and Simone Ciglia

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NESXT

Soft autonomy

Pietro Gaglianò

Ideal self-management. Groups of artists in the ‘70s

Alessandra Pioselli

Manifesto NESXT

Glossary of independence

NESXT

Interview to Olga Gambari (NESXT)

Simone Ciglia

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