Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends and Supporters of the CACT,
marking the occasion of the merger between the CACT – Centre of Contemporary Art in Canton Ticino at Bellinzona and the CACC – Centre of Contemporary Art at Chiasso, a press conference has been called, to which you are all most warmly invited. It will take place on
WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2009 at 11.00 a.m.
the CACT Chiasso
Via Dante Alighieri 10
6830 Chiasso 3
The conference will be followed by refreshments.
For further logistical information, please call +41 (0)91 825 40 85 (CACT Bellinzona) or +41 (0)76 446 52 63 (Silvano Repetto) and/or +41 (0)79 552 50 05 (Mario Casanova).
We would like you to know that we shall be honoured to welcome you and are pleased to take this opportunity to send you our very best wishes.
Mario Casanova + Silvano Repetto
Marking this, the fifteenth, anniversary of its foundation, we are pleased to inform you that the CACT – Centre of Contemporary Art in Canton Ticino will be starting to expand in 2010, putting an operational merger between its Bellinzona venue and the CACC – Centre of Contemporary Art at Chiasso, created and directed by Silvano Repetto, into place with immediate effect.
The total surface area available for exhibitions in the two venues (Bellinzona and Chiasso) will be more than 600 m2, whose use will be planned by a joint management. Mario Casanova and Silvano Repetto – the executive directors – will cover the artistic planning, while Massimo Porcedda (www.neos.net) – the art director – will continue as he has done until now, designing the visual communications and the “publications line” for the CACT. The consultancy of the Rome-based art critic Guglielmo Gigliotti will also be vital.
The current cultural situation is favourable to an intense offer of contemporary art, making it more present in the region of Ticino, as well as at federal and international levels; especially at this special moment in our history, when we find ourselves in need of capitalisation and an injection of resources.
In parallel with the creation of the MACT – Museum of Contemporary Art in Ticino, the time was ripe to bring about a merger with the independent space in Chiasso, on the scene in Ticino for some time now, whose promoter has for many years demonstrated his unattached, polymorph personality in the cultural community – and not only in our Canton.
This, then, is a synergy and a reinforcement, coming at a time when we bear witness on all sides to a structural weakening and the slow refrigeration of the concept of dynamism and of renewal.
These, too, are signs that raise due question marks against the geographies, the architectures and the need for a polarisation around contemporary art in Ticino.
New and exciting challenges await us on the horizon, though perhaps the most important is the challenge to put some energy and vigour back into a cultural life in Ticino (and elsewhere) that has been stalling of late.
Mario Casanova & Silvano Repetto, executive directors
Massimo Porcedda, art director
Guglielmo Gigliotti, art critic