February 11 – April 15, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: dispari&dispari project is pleased to invite you on Saturday February 11, 2012 to the opening of the exhibition “Venetian Prints”, the second solo show by Thomas Kilpper (Stuttgart, 1956) at dispari&dispari project. This time Kilpper transforms the exhibition space into a printing office laying out the wooden floor of his “Pavilion for Revolutionary Free Speech” that he made last year for the Danish Pavilions “Speech Matters” exhibition within the 54th Venice Biennial. For the first time he now has the opportunity and working conditions to use his 140 square meters large floor-cut from the Venice Biennial as a template to do large-scale prints on paper and fabrics.
In this work Kilpper refers to social issues such as censorship, abuse of freedom of expression or the exclusion of parts of mankind or the society. However the main focus is set on the general situation in Europe, where within the last 20 years a shift in political power did happen: The once marginal factions of the extreme right have moved closer to the centers of power. This development was to be seen from France to Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium to Hungary and Austria… Kilpper stresses this has to be stopped and turned by a new move towards freedom, emancipation and social equality. “I want an open Europe, where we all live with equal rights, especially with the immigrants and refugees from other cultures”, Kilpper states in an interview with the German press agency, dpa.
The exhibition is open until April 15, 2012, for more information visit www.dispariedispari.org
Thanks for the support to Maramotti Collection / Max Mara, Reggio Emila
below fotos show work in progress at in Reggio Emilia