Disobedient Biographism

The Associates Programme entitled "Disobedient Biographism" focuses on artists that have researched about the life of marginalized historical figures, whose existences resist and question cultural clichés and political impositions. Often excluded by official historiographic narrations these figures are not necessarily fully unknown, but certainly not recognised because not obedient to socially accepted canons.

Through their research, the associated artists adopt methods of trans-chronological narrative allowing different characters to travel across time, assume different appearances or be represented in bumpy contexts and landscapes, with the aim of producing non-conforming readings of history and attempt to unload hegemonic narratives.

By eliminating time-lapses, on the one hand artists take responsibility for the lives of the past, connecting the ancient with present political and social concerns; on the other hand, they reconnect with emancipatory practices and explore self-representation through processes of memory transferring: the body becomes the scene where somatic experiences accomplished by other can be represented and assert one’s presence face of presumed absence. In fact, they slip into their characters’ skin: at various degrees, all the reported events are narrated by the authors in first person operating processes of historical embodiment.
Moreover, these existences are often mixed with the intimate sphere of the artists and re-kneaded through the addition of fictitious elements giving life to a series of performances of the self where metamorphosis and transmutation processes are central. In fact, the historical characters are only simulacrum of the portrayed persons, allowing the artist’s body to transcend the conventional boundaries of verisimilitude, i.e. objective or literal likeness.