Seth – Range Ta Chambre
Renowned artist Seth was invited to open the 999FOUNDATION Artist Resistance Residency, a result of the collaboration between 999Contemporary and Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale. The scenario in which artists are welcomed to express themselves is Teatro India, located in one of the most emblematic industrial-archaeology facilities in Rome – the former Mira Lanza factory, which used to be a soap factory in the last century and which will be revitalized through artistic interventions, part of the contemporary urban art research project.
On July 7th, 2016, Seth’s one-day exhibition Range Ta Chambre (Clean Up Your Room) introduced participants to his iconic children characters to highlight current events – the refugee crisis and the war in Syria, Brexit – as well as the importance of offering the young generation opportunities of education, since knowledge is power. Therefore, beyond provoking thought on these issues, the artist brings into discussion building the future by taking a different path, learning from the past and present.
His site specific installations mix the innocent image of children dreaming, looking away from this world or transcending it through the rainbow colored portals rising closer to their hopes and dreams, with the raw reality of the abandoned space, of ruins and memories.
Curator Stefano Antonelli talks about the space and the project: “This place offers huge opportunities for an artist, three large industrial sheds and a park with industrial archaeological vestiges. When we were preparing with Seth, we spoke about installation works, theatrical dimension of the representation, spaces other than what is generally dedicated to those artists whose exhibitions are often made of hung-painting sequences or minimally installed. (…) You can organize a show, make a book, plan an installation or nothing at all, you can do whatever you want. We just offer the artist liberty, budget and huge spaces, and see what happens, this is the spirit.”
The show also included the official release of a limited edition print set by Seth and the printed exhibition catalog.
All images courtesy of 999Contemporary.