There are cities more used to experiencing Contemporary Art where one expects to see dynamic and fluid works- or if we wish to use a more modern word, cooler-.
It is wonderful to change idea, realizing how stupid and often unfounded prejudices are. This is the reason why I find it stimulating to tell you about aA29 Project Room in Caserta (www.aa29.it).
The first question I asked Federica de Stasio, assistant in the gallery, concerns, out of my personal curiosity, the name of the location: «The origin of aA29 is inspired by the small 2002 aA29 asteroid created by the clash between the Earth and Theia, the planet that originated the Moon. We believed this name was particularly fascinating for its implications, in line with our search».
This gallery in Caserta is perpetually ever-changing- both the venue and the search- and just like an asteroid it evolves. Indeed, after the first gallery, in December 2016, a new one opened in Milan and a third one will open in Prague in 2018. Clearly, these decisions aim at reaching an international level and to «set in motion relations which could create new contents through the language of Contemporary Art», just like Federica de Stasio said. The Caserta, Milan and Prague triangle seem unconceivable for many, however if we imagine ourselves not as citizens of small and middle environments but of the entire planet, it will not look bizarre.
In the end, what really struck me was how this place came out outside more official ones. Strength and determination in voicing who and where we are can hopefully eliminate any difference between centers and suburbs- and not only.
Cover image; Kyle Thompson | Untitled / 2015 / Photography fine art print / 61×91 cm, part of the current exhibition “In-Visible, Diary of a schizophrenic” until 19th March 2017 at aA29 Project Room Gallery in Caserta.
Article by Virginia Glorioso
English translation by Chiara Vilmercati