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'If the Poor Stopped Reproducing, the Rich Would Create Them Artificially' by Fabio Santacroce at Futura, Prague

SECTION 1 If the Poor Stopped Reproducing, the Rich Would Create Them Artificially (parade), 2018

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If the Poor Stopped Reproducing, the Rich Would Create Them Artificially (light my fire), 2018

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If the Poor Stopped Reproducing, the Rich Would Create Them Artificially (Viva Forever), 2018

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But they don’t know about your stress-filled day Baby on the way, mad bills to pay That’s why you drink Tanqueray, so you can reminisce And wish you wasn’t living so devilish, shit.”


The Notorious B.I.G.: Everyday struggle

The exhibition of Italian artist, curator and organiser operating also under the label 63rd-77th STEPS, opens up the theme of social origin in a resolute, but undogmatic way. Abstracted from cheap decorations typical for Southern Italy‘s lower classes, and often related to rituals dividing life between everyday misery and times of celebration, this iconography constitutes traditional gender and family roles, duties as well as vanishing privileges. Santacroce’s installation is an aestheticizing portrait, both critical and empathetic, underlining a certain sense of sentimentality and vulnerability, but always escaping romanticisation. Santacroce’s work is filled with working class ethos but also a certain courteous nihilism.

The core of the exhibition “If The Poor Stopped Reproducing, the Rich Would Create Them Artificially” consists of a series of red-black&white videos. Their visual part is made by cheap piktogram-like gif’s, that Santacroce downloaded from the internet photo-banks, post produced and uploaded on his youtube channel. Simultaneously playing hit music videos and popular cover versions in another browser window, he recorded the result with his mobile phone, adjusting the synchronisation of the sound and image in a manual analog-like way. In this rather primitive manner an idiosyncratic grainy lo-fi aesthetics appeared, partially a happy disco vibe, partially freezing existential crisis. Santacroce mentions that he wanted to create the exhibition at FUTURA as if his own family decorated the space for his celebrated arrival. Some of the videos are presented on cheap tablets wrapped as the Italian working classes do for their birthday, baptism, marriage and other ritual celebration in a large cellophanes resembling a huge candy. Rattan decorations: fishes, bells, hearts in a natural, but also imported and standardised design gather and ironic compositions, little plastic fences, soccer balls, and other trinkets complete the overall happy impression of the deep everyday anguish. As Santacroce adds, it is not the simple high and low artistic play, but the real and authentic horror in the fight for everyday material survival. The deconstruction of the mass spectacle supplied as the drug for forgetting.

— Michal Novotný

27.2.18 — 15.4.18

Curated by Michal Novotný

FUTURA

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'Her Own Devices' by Laurie Kang at Franz Kaka, Toronto

'THE MOUTH OF THE GIFTED HORSE' by Wisrah Villefort at Goswell Road, Paris

'FRESH' by Rune Bering and Kevin Josias at Tableau, Copenhagen

Armen Avanessian: ‘So let us ask, why we still call this a capitalist world?’

'Dream again of better Generationenvertrag' by Niklas Taleb at Lucas Hirsch, Duss

'TOYS' by Jascha Schieche at FONDA, Leipzig

'YOU ARE HERE' by Linda Lerseth at Podium, Oslo

'Space Almond Head Void' by Sasha Auerbakh at GOMO, Vienna

'UwU' by Tea Strazicic at ung5, Cologne

'Friends Objects' by Helin Alas at Loggia, Munich

'Talent Didn’t Bring Me Here' by Günther Möbius at BPA Space, Cologne

'P**** B**** ARENA' by Isabelle Frances McGuire at Good Weather (Hosted by Et al.

'Flat Tire' by Janis Dzirnieks at Robert Fruinstraat 56, Rotterdam

'Sheets of Past and Layers of Reality', a Group Show at Hoib, Tallinn

Garden Cult Triennale, Chapter I: Sopot, Poland

'踢館 Tek Kwun' at Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong

'Theological Time, Mean Landscape, Circumcision Throne, Burping Bird, Auto-censur

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