Dr. Aceti was chosen for his unconventional curatorial projects and approaches. He has defied the mainstream conventions in curating contemporary art and experimented with alternative approaches which oblige, both the viewers and professionals, to question the role of contemporary art in the current socio-political and financial scenarios.
The curatorial project that Dr. Aceti has launched as COTUS, The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Cards, playfully engages with fake news and propaganda, while at the same time blurring the lines between the traditional role of the curator and that of the artist. “What is truth anyway?” says Dr. Aceti. “Truth is the belief of a group which tries to impose it upon anyone else. The impossibility of controlling the multiplicitous and nefarious voices of propaganda sold for centuries as news and truth is the new exciting reality, which is collapsing in the twenty-first century. The Finger to the US, with which we opened our collection and activity, is just this, another piece of news, that is somewhat fake but nonetheless—at the same time, as absurd as this may sound—true.”
Dr. Lanfranco Aceti works as a curator, artist, and academic. He has done a range of exhibitions and public space interventions that include the Tate Modern, MoMA, the ICA London and other renown international venues. He is the Director of Arts Administration at Boston University, Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (The MIT Press, Leonardo journal), for which he has edited 12 volumes. He has lectured internationally at prestigious institutions such as Yale, Harvard, RCA, Goldsmiths, and Central Saint Martins. He worked as director of Kasa Gallery in Istanbul, where he exhibited a range of innovative artworks including 75Watts by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, acquired by MoMA or Paolo Cirio’s Loophole4All, awarded the 2014 Golden Nica at Ars Electronica. Recently he curated The Small Infinite at the John Hansard Gallery with artworks never previously exhibited from the estate of John Latham. Lanfranco Aceti has participated in numerous art fairs such as ArtAthina, ArtInternational, and Contemporary Istanbul, either as a curator or as an artist. In 2011 he curated the exhibition Uncontainable for ISEA2011 Istanbul and part of the parallel events of the 12th Istanbul Biennial and exhibited artworks on the media facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. He has exhibited numerous personal projects including Car Park, a public performance in the UK, The Lady and the Revolutionary Parrot in Athens, The Annunciation, a public performance in Cyprus for NeME, and Who The People? an installation artwork acquired in its entirety by the Chetham’s Library and Museum in Manchester. His works of art are in international museums and private collections.
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