Soma is a new series of artworks by Lanfranco Aceti exhibited at Supermarket 2015 in Stockholm which focuses on the use of the human body and the contradictions and failures of contemporary social politics in Europe. Soma consists of an installation, a series of drawings, texts (oil paint on canvas) and a performance. The performance will provide the public with the ‘opportunity’ to slap, for a fee of 500 euro, a ‘worker, protester and a migrant’ who will be standing on a ‘preaching’ box (also known as soap box). You can also order your slap online by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
“What you need is a gramme of soma,” Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, 1932. Inspired from this phrase in Brave New World the artworks explore the relationship between the individual’s body and the need of the State and corporations to control the last impenetrable fortresses: the body and the mind.
The artworks, that are part of Soma, like One Idiot at the Time, Please, are inspired by a mix of the current sociopolitical and economic crises in Northern Europe (Britain, Norway, Sweden and Germany) and in Southern Europe (Greece, Italy, Turkey and Spain), and will create an experience of the unresolved contradictions and hypocrisies that characterize contemporary politics, capitalistic frameworks of exploitation and nationalistic discourses.
The body itself has become the last tool to assert independence from increased levels of surveillance and control that within contemporary capitalistic and authoritarian frameworks, even in the 21st century, continue to present workers, protesters and migrants and their dissent both as diseased and disease.
With thanks to the performance artist Batu Bozoglu.
The Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) is an international mobile museum that collaborates with and exists within international museums, art institutions, galleries and universities. MoCC presents new artworks and performances by Lanfranco Aceti (IT, UK, US and TK, b. 1967) who is known for his socio-political artworks and art interventions, which exist both online and in public spaces. Through his artworks, installations, performances and activism, Aceti explores the incongruity of contemporary times and the dissolution of social space. Absurdity, folly and a dark irony characterize his artworks which explore the Kafkian relationship between the individual, the body and the power of personified corporations and institutions. Aceti has exhibited and done art interventions at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Tate Modern, MoMA, Art Athina and other venues around the world.