Furla Foundation collaborates with Arte Fiera 2023: performance program starts with Public Movement

From the collaboration with Fondazione Furla, the Arte Fiera performance program is born. It starts with the Public Movement collective and its project combining installation, performance and choreography

From the unprecedented collaboration with Fondazione Furla comes a new chapter in the Arte Fiera performance program, curated by Bruna Roccasalva, the foundation’s artistic director. For Fondazione Furla, the collaboration with Arte Fiera is a new opportunity to actively participate in the cultural life of Bologna, the city where it was born. For the first edition, Fondazione Furla has invited the collective Public Movement, which will present a new project for the first time in Italy.

Public Movement is a group originally from Israel founded in 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi and led, since 2011, by Yahalomi alone who pursues research in performance with a political and social approach. Public Movement sees performance as a form of direct intervention within society and a device with which to activate situations that stimulate the development of critical thinking.

On the occasion of the 2023 edition of Arte Fiera, the group presents the project Rescue in Bologna, a work that combines installation, performance and choreography and exemplifies a performance practice that seeks direct confrontation with the public sphere and contamination between what is fiction and what is real.

First presented at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2015, Rescue is a “political dance” in which five members of the group perform a choreography of movements they have studied and learned through training with rescue workers in Israel and Europe. The setting in which the action takes place is a massive pile of concrete rubble, an evocation of a collapse whose origin is unknown: it could be a natural disaster, an attack, a war event.

The elaboration of trauma in poetic terms becomes an opportunity to reflect on present and past dramas; among them, the Bologna massacre of 1980, an event that Dana Yahalomi was familiar with, and which oriented her choice, conducted in dialogue with the curator, to re-propose Rescue in Bologna. However, it is also intended to be a reflection on the dynamics that govern our relationship with each other, evoking a sense of community and union that binds viewers and artists.

Active in museums, biennials and festivals around the world, Public Movement has performed at international institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum in New York, the International Biennial in Gothenburg, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Berlin Biennale, the Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan, the Pinchuk Art Center in Kiev, the Impulse Festival in Düsseldorf, the Baltic Circle Festival in Helsinki, and Performa in New York.

Image: Public Movement, Temporary Orders (2018; at Vistamarestudio, Milan). Photo by Filippo Armellin. Courtesy of Public Movement and Vistamare, Milan/Pescara.

Furla Foundation collaborates with Arte Fiera 2023: performance program starts with Public Movement
Furla Foundation collaborates with Arte Fiera 2023: performance program starts with Public Movement