A.property - Jurisdictional gymnasium
Anna Scalfi Eghenter
The relationship between art and society, and the organizational dynamics of groups and institutions, are both central to the artistic practice of Anna Scalfi Eghenter. Her installation "A-property –jurisdictional gymnasium" is one of the artworks that explore the concept of border, central to the exhibition "Mente locale". This exhibition was at the Caraglio Spinning Mill in SW Piedmont, ten kilometres from Cuneo, headquarters of the CESAC Experimental Centre for Contemporary Arts, from June to September 2012, where it was curated by a.titolo. The exhibition framed a fresh application of the New Patrons model, a model that led a group of citizens living in the Cuneo area to commission the exhibition theme, in the framework of reflections upon the relationship between cultural supply and cultural demand.
"A-property - jurisdictional gymnasium" explores the sphere of ethics, highlighting the themes of citizenship, property, of self-defence, and touching on the various realms of law: international law, administrative law, criminal law, family law and labour law. The objects and texts it includes present visitors with a series of exercises to stimulate reflection on the legal side of existence, and the discrepancy between facts and regulations. The work demands viewers' collaboration because, as the artist says, "Moving across the border is something that comes naturally. It is crossed by talking about it". The Jurisdictional gymnasium was subsequently shown in the Museums On Show section of the Artissima 19 fair, and was also the subject of the workshop "Il curatore giuridico" (the juridical curator) with students of the Turin University Faculty of Law, as part of Biennale Democrazia 2013.
Anna Scalfi Eghenter
Anna Scalfi Eghenter (Trento, 1965) graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, where she followed the course of Luciano Fabro, and from the National Academy of Dramatic Art, Rome; she also has a Degree in Sociology from Trento University, and recently took her Research Doctorate at Essex Business School. She uses art as a tool to intervene in the laboratory of the real. Her sociological training means that her research tends towards organizational experimentation, cross-breeding the rules of the field with the boundaries of permitted action. An independent artist, her work includes the entire process of building the project. In 2011, Trento's Foundation Galleria Civica dedicated to her the monograph KataLogos, curated by Andrea Viliani.