An artist’s novel by Alex Cecchetti in chapters
Performances, exhibition, public readings and the novel
Curators: The Book Lovers
I am dead. My body has been found in 2014, somewhere between Los Angeles and Warsaw, dismembered. The labels of the clothes, fingerprints, and the number on the shoes have been carefully unstitched, deleted, washed, bleached, and delivered to oblivion. Nothing can be used for identification. Only clue, in a secret pocket sewn inside my trousers, detectives have recovered a fragile piece of paper torn from the pages of a book, written there, the words Tamam Shud, ‘this is the end’.
Please join us for the public launch of Alex Cecchetti’s art project Tamam Shud. Until December 2017, the artist will be developing a new artist’s novel by means of tools such as performances, exhibitions and public editorial readings. Lost memories, recovered traces, and the first investigations to solve the mystery are some of the elements that will signal the beginning of the creative process. Collective incantations, disappearing paintings, flower artificial hybridisation, guided tours of heaven and hell, are just some of the clues that Alex Cecchetti progressively will disseminate through an episodic structure in which a series of artistic events blend into the writing process and vice versa.
To die without memories, this is the horror. You know, life is short, but death never ends. And now I have no one to love and no one to hate for the eternity.This is why I have decided to investigate over my own death myself.
13 April 2017 – Fourth episode of an artist's novel
28 October 2016 – Third episode of an artist's novel
21 July 2016– Second episode of an artist's novel
13 May 2016 – First episode of an artist’s novel
18 March 2016 – Announcement of the open call results
30 October 2015 – Open call
Alex Cecchetti (1977–2014) was an artist, a poet and a choreographer. Difficult to classify, his work can be considered as the art of the un-representable. The artist died for the first time in 2014 for unknown reasons, though he continues to produce new works, present new performances and publish new poems. He exhibited internationally as at Serralves Foundation, Porto; Serpentine Galleries, South London Galleries and Fiorucci Art Trust, London; Centre Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, 15eme Prix of the Foundation Ricard and Palais de Tokyo in Paris; MAXXI, Rome; and CAC Vilnius, Lithuania, among other venues.
The Book Lovers is the name of the collaboration between curator Joanna Zielinska and artist David Maroto. It is focused on the research of the artist’s novel employed as a medium in the visual arts. Its base is the creation of a collection of artist’s novels with a parallel online database, which is complemented by a series of exhibitions and public programs, pop-up bookstores, and publications – all of this in partnership with a number of art institutions. The Book Lovers is the name of the collaboration between curator Joanna Zielinska and artist David Maroto. It is focused on the research of the artist’s novel employed as a medium in the visual arts. Its base is the creation of a collection of artist’s novels with a parallel online database, which is complemented by a series of exhibitions and public programs, pop-up bookstores, and publications – all of this in partnership with a number of art institutions.
With the financial support
French Institut, General Delegation of the Flanders Government in Poland, Mondriaan Fond
Media partners: Program 2 Polskiego Radia, Gazeta Wyborcza, Wyborcza.pl Warszawa, Co Jest Grane 24