Gian Marco Casini Gallery, Livorno
Juan Pablo Macías
On the occasion of Art-o-rama 2023, Gian Marco Casini proposes the presentation of two projects by the Mexican artist Juan Pablo Macías: letto (2016-19) and score for octobasse, hit-hat, modified cas cas, mouth clicks, tantric throat singing and a conversation (2023).
The first project constructs itself through findings that the artist had with objects in abandoned spaces resulting in gestures, situations, photographic documentation and poetry, while the other is the product of his musical production using research, cut-up technique and dilettant music direction.
In editorial projects, poetry, installations, performances, video, text, and photographs, Juan Pablo Macías (b. Mexico, 1974, lives and works in Livorno, Italy) investigates systems of representation and affectivity. His research-oriented work considers the specific history of anarchism as a critique of representation, contrasting authoritative hegemonic knowledge to the often-hidden or repressed insurrectional knowledges passed between marginalized communities and activist networks. He is editor in chief of TIEMPO MUERTO journal (2012-ongoing) and WORD+MOIST PRESS (2014-ongoing), two editorial projects on anarchism and libertarian thought. Using the anarchist logic of expropriation, these publications draw from the unique resources available in contemporary art institutions and foundations to bring this information to light (using public resources to make information public), and are accompanied with conceptually oriented works by the artist.