Marsèlleria was a cultural platform created by Mirko Rizzi for Marsèll, which ran from 2009 to 2018 at three different venues, two of which were located in Milan, and one in New York. Marsèlleria was a laboratory of sorts where limits, possibilities and intersections of artistic languages were tested. Aimed at expressions of ‘radical authenticity’, its program developed organically, according to emotional rather than institutional criteria. Siliqoon’s collaboration with Marsèlleria started in 2014 and ran until 2019 when the space closed. In those years we curated and communicated multiple events, workshops and exhibitions involving more than 100 Italian and international artists.
Pure Disclosure and 1999 are two exhibitions we curated following the first and second Siliqoon Labs, our independent residency program aimed at the production of new works in collaboration with a network of selected local makers and producers. The Labs were attended by artists: Alessandro Agudio, Daniel Keller, Timur Si-Qin, Antoine Renard, Libby Rothfeld and were made possible thanks to our collaborators: Marsèlleria, MAMbo, Confartigianato, Xing and Museo Carlo Zauli.
During Frieze NY 2017 we organised the launch event of Qway Glimmergate at Marsèlleria New York, the second issue of our digital publication devoted to understanding our times. The event included an exhibition of drawings by 15 artists and curators featured in the issue and a special edition of Trigger Parties with guests Joel Dean, Zoë De Luca, Sam Korman, Libby Rothfeld.
Trigger Parties are gatherings of artists and other personalities invited to participate with an original intervention conceived as a ‘trigger’ regarding the themes which characterise their practice. A series of monthly happenings aiming to initiate a public and cross-disciplinary discussion where the audience is invited to participate and directly exchange views with the guests. Siliqoon Agency built the TP format and curated the two year long monthly program in the Marsèll Paradise space in Milan. We also designed the advertisement pages for TP in CURA magazine and the communication image for every season, from 2016 to 2019.
Rose Bouquet “Independent art projects gather for a collective portrait” co-curated with Carolina Ongaro (Jupiter Woods) was a two day-long workshop that took place in November 2017 at Marsèlleria, Milan. During these days, independent spaces and art projects from London and Milan met and gathered for the first time to begin a conversation on the manifold aspects and meanings of running an organization within the current art world economy and political climate. A final exhibition displayed the results, we inaugurated a mapping trajectory, one marked by encounters between artistic contexts which, though geographically distant, shared missions, intentions, and an aptitude to rethink organisational structures. Participants: Almanac (IT-UK), Auto Italia (UK), Clearview (UK), Current (IT), Fanta (IT), Gasconade (IT), Idioletta (IT), Jupiter Woods (UK), Mega (IT), /77 (IT), Siliqoon (IT), Tile Project Space (IT).