A series of interviews with young cultural workers under 30.
In this moment, speaking requires me an effort. A strange feeling. Museums and galleries are closed. Holidays have been postponed or cancelled. Government restrictions. The medical emergency has affected even the art system – not an unbeatable system, we already knew it – highlighting its weakness and contradictions. Through my phone, I have observed the art world reacting. I have visited a few exhibitions. A few art fairs. Met artists. I have dreamed. And precisely because I have dreamed, I came to the conclusion that art keeps me alive, despite the momentary difficulties. I am a gallerist. To be is an essential condition. A responsibility.
I believe in an idea of gallery as a meeting place. A place where I love to make culture, more than money. I believe in an intelligent art market, capable of rewarding the quality of the researches conducted. What will happen tomorrow? Things will change. It is useless to deceive ourselves and ignore this. In the near future, will be crucial for artists and gallerists to be more united. Supporting each other while thinking about a different tomorrow. Not necessarily a worse one. A poorer one, for sure. The transformation will be a shift of energy towards the human relations. Towards culture. Towards a constant and continuous dialogue with all the operators. After all, having a gallery is almost like a mission. A place for a free exchange of ideas and emotions. And our thoughts are the instruments art can avail itself of.
Today my gallery is closed. I live with my 20-year-old student son and such a close cohabitation has never happened before. At first, it scared me a little. Then I understand that what I am really scared of is how he is currently living, how many or all young people are living through this situation. Because they are the ones that suddenly have found themselves aging. Unable to move, facing a slow waiting for the passage of time.
Talking with my friend and philosopher Leonardo Caffo, was born the idea to start a project we called "Pensiero Vuoto". A space to fill with new energies. "Pensiero Vuoto" wants to be a series of interviews with young art workers under 30. We address them because they are carrying on their shoulders an enormous responsibility. The world they have to face is not among the best. At the same time, they will be the driving force of the next decades. Therefore, the question arises: is the art essential? Has the art prepared young people to handle this emergency? From these starting points we have prepared three questions to ask during the interviews:
What does it mean to be a young artist in captivity?
What will be more urgent to be done and think of in the aftermath?
What could have been done and thought of more urgently before?
Especially because is good to look back to the past and see what we did and what we can do, with this project, we are not trying to fill a void to entertain, but rather to make people think. Because is necessary to rethink our role, as gallerists, as artists, ad cultural operators. It is a commitment the gallery taking for the next few months to give space to new energies and synergies. It is an imperative act of outburst we would like to do.
Category Contemporary Art
Where Milan, Italy
Team Renata Fabbri, Leonardo Caffo