Exhibition, Installation, Performance

YDWSYWTFI at Marsèll Paradise
Via Privata Rezia 2
20135 Milano

Apéro Preview Sunday, 5 June 2022, 4 PM
Dance Opening Monday, 6 June 2022, 8 PM
Drinks with Fan, Tuesday, 7 June 2022, 5 PM
Drinks with Sightunseen, Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 5 PM
incl. performances and activation of objects and space

There will always be a desire for places where one can rediscover the deep feeling of things and where identities and intimacies are formed. In the essay Dark Alcoves, Hidden Niches, and Cozy Corners, Meggie Kelley describes how as we grow older, a particular play with space vanishes. We outgrow frivolity and accept inelastic ideas of organised spaces to cultivate our identity, making us lose a greater sense of self and the need for cozy, social places. Indeed, the relationship between comfort and space has often been described in the context of consumerism and wealth rather than feelings of ease. What I want to propose are sticky, leaky spaces where informal human interaction and activities lead to a sense of contentment.

You Don’t Want Space, You Want To Fill It is an exhibition, as well as a social place that includes snug spaces and extended typologies of domestic objects. This show is filled with works of contemporary, transdisciplinary practitioners that shift between the visual and performative, the natural and the artificial, the human and the animalistic, the tactile and the soundful. These works of artists, designers, performers and musicians Lisa Ertel, Phillip Schueller, Collo Awata & Delfiné , Mirka Laura Severa and Jannis Zell are an invitation for activities, for mingling, or observation.

It is a wild site-specific place that is imagined rather than defined by fixed expectations, a space in which the two dimensional, the physical and the virtual co-exist. These spaces do not have to be constructive, they just have to feel right.

The blue YDWSYWTFI hand is active and frivolous, its long fingers can be interpreted as extending into established ideas, crushing them, and reforming them into something new. The index finger latches on to unformed leaky ideas, flirting with unresolved beliefs and notions. The hand is the body part most frequently used as a symbol. It is the main human tool and has the ability to transfer invisible energy into form.

Developed with Miriam Wierzchoslawska
Collage A tableau vivant of still lifes by Matylda Krzykowski
Images by Lorenzo Capelli