Milan MI 20122
LA PAURA MANGIA L'ANIMA
Fondazione Converso presents a six-part flag series by New York-based artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (b. Buenos Aires, 1961) on the front-facing facade of the Church of San Paolo Converso. The public initiative, which will change over every two months throughout 2020, presents text and image-based works that contextualize the artist’s recurring appropriation strategies to posit cultural and socio-political propaganda in Milan for the first time.
The first flag in the series titled “La Paura Mangia L’Anima” (“Fear Eats the Soul”) comes from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s cult film, “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul”, which resonates today for its poignant questioning of racism and class struggle throughout Germany in the 1970s. Made especially for Converso, Tiravanija’s first flag in this series comes at a timely moment in global history, when museums and cultural institutions are experiencing forced closures across Northern Italy as a precautionary health measure related to the widespread epidemic known as Coronavirus.
“La Paura Mangia L’Anima’’ (2020) will be on view from Tuesday March 3rd to Saturday May 2nd, 2020. More details regarding Tiravanija’s flag series will follow as the program unfolds.
Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires in 1961 and was raised in Thailand, Ethiopia, and Canada. He studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (1980–84), Banff Center School of Fine Arts (1984), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1984–86), and Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York (1985–86).
Since the 1990s, Tiravanija has aligned his artistic production with an ethic of social engagement, often inviting viewers to inhabit and activate his work. His interest with propaganda can be seen in an ongoing series of commissioned drawings derived from newspaper images, and in “untitled 2006 (fear eats the soul/ November 1–8, 2004)”, in which Tiravanija painted the phrase “Fear Eats the Soul” over the front page of The New York Times.
His recent solo exhibitions include: “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Green)” (2019) at the Hirschhorn Smithsonian, Washington D.C., “Untitled 2018 (The Infinite Dimensions of Smallness)” (2018) at the National Gallery of Singapore, “Fear Eats the Soul” (2019) at the Glenstone Museum, Washington D.C., “The Divine Comedy” (2018) at Beyeler Foundation, Basel, “Tomorrow is the Question” at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016), and Garage Museum, Moscow (2015), and “Soup/No Soup” (2012) at the Grand Palais, Paris.
20122 - Milano
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