Marinella Senatore, exhibition view at Kunst Halle St. Gallen, 2014
Courtesy of the artist; and MOT International, London/Brussels. Photo by Gunnar Meier

Marinella Senatore
at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

March 20 2014
11:00 AM

Marinella Senatore’s artistic research seems to propose a new form of art: an overwhelming human energy without authority, meant to be further employed and applied. Her current retrospective “Public Secrets” at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen becomes its set. Senatore’s public actions like street parades, operas or radio programs involve thousands of participants, from professionals as filmmakers, scenographers, choreographers and actors, to a more general audience, all of them exchanging their roles and working together. In a recent interview the artist explains that her work indeed reproduces a model of labor: it generates new social spaces of production and new forms of action. Yet “Public Secrets” is understood as an open-use, post-production platform. Rather than simply using the images as documentation of her actions, these archival materials can be crafted into non-linear narratives by the public, thus generating new information. In most of the works on view, historical material collides with the present: Estman Radio (2014) is an homage to a mobile theater that entertained Spanish workers during the middle of last century; while in the video piece Speak Easy (2009), craftsmen and professional actors participate in a musical set in the New York of the 1950′s. Her recent project School of Narrative Dance (2013), is a mobile free school, in which emancipation, inclusion and self -training are induced with storytelling. (Marta Jecu)

Marinella Senatore’s exhibition “Public Secrets” at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen runs until April 13.