Miki Tallone

curated by Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro

Opening: 23 May 2014, 5 pm

Listen to the Sirens | Space for Contemporary Art
Little Constellation

Montegu Bastion
Gibraltar (UK)


The first artist invited to work in Listen to the Sirens | Space for Contemporary Art is Miki Tallone. The experience of this artist, originally from Canton Ticino (Switzerland), being bound up with plastic-installational concerns rather than those of a site-specific character, correlated to research into a geographical and identity nature, was considered essential in developing an experimental project that related the construction of a solo exhibition with a socio-historical research related to the history of Gibraltar.

In a Low Voice grew out of these principles. The project will inaugurate Listen to the Sirens | Space for Contemporary Art, May 23, 2014.
To create her work, the Swiss artist decided to broach a highly sensitive issue in the history of Gibraltar: the evacuation of civilians from the fortress during World War II. In this respect, in the recent months spent developing the project, the artist wrote:
“Knowing the history of Gibraltar I decided to tackle the delicate issue of evacuation during the World War II. I do not, however, wish to deal with the issue from a strictly historical or political angle, but to recover the traces of a shared visual memory. These traces, for me, are represented by the vision of the “sheets” that all the women and their evacuated families had to leave in their homes.”
With these few lines I asked every family that had a connection with the evacuation, which marked the history of Gibraltar and especially the personal history of each family, to take part in an action: to donate one of their sheets today, a sign of everyday life, in memory of a story that remains in the memory of many of the residents.

“In a Low Voice” is the title of this work. It is the voice that gains in importance; and history can make its way when so many individuals speak softly and from their hearts.
Beside the presentation of this installation, the exhibition sees the production of another new work, a video, which bears the same title as the exhibition and amplifies and intensifies the temporal aspect, the dimension of the work’s traversability (in memory and travel).
The exhibition is completed by “Can you give me my position”, an artist book produced by Miki Tallone for the exhibition at the National Gallery of Iceland in 2013, which forms the theoretical premise of the current project.

Exbitition promoted by
Ministry of Culture of the Government of Gibraltar

Miki Tallone, born in 1968, lives and works in Minusio, Canton Ticino, Switzerland. The path she has explored professionally to date, more closely associated with the applied arts and architecture, has led her to see the visual arts not as a realm of creation divided from other arts, but rather as an elastic and expandable catalyst for all other areas of creativity.
Her research interests turn on a spatial dimension primarily understood as the direct practice of space. This concept can be translated into an idea of space as an abstract entity, as an object of study and at the same time as the origin of hybrid compositional structures. The space she references is thus anthropocentric, constructed around people, but also an emanation of them.

Solo exhibitions [selection]
2013 Parco Monte Verità Ascona [Laban’s Training Area] Ascona CH
2013 MACT & CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino [la grafia del sentimento] Bellinzona CH
2012 MACT & CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino – summer project [allerleirauh] Bellinzona CH
2011 i2a international institute of architecture [arnia] Vico Morcote CH
2010 La Rada [fare spazio] Locarno CH
2010 l’Ospite e l’Intruso [mute] Studio di Ermanno Cristini / Varese I
2004-2006 Officinaarte Esposizione in 3 tempi [come si stà laggiù?] / Magliaso CH
2001 La Rada [come si stà laggiù?] / Locarno CH

Group exhibitions [selection]
2014 Bex & Arts / 12ème édition 2014 / Bex CH
2014 MACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino [Dialogos two] curato da Ermanno Cristini e Alessandro Castiglioni Bellinzona CH
2013 National Gallery of Iceland / Listasafn Island Reykjavìk Iceland
2013 Palazzo Cerro / [Fessure] Laveno I
2012 Prix fédérale / Swiss Art Awards / Basilea CH
2012 The land seen from the sea / Little Constellation / Villa Croce / Genova I
2011 Arspolis evento #1 / Lugano CH
2011 Interventi / Visarte / Castello Visconteo / Locarno CH
2011 Art en plein air / Môtiers CH
2011 Collezione Little Constellation / network d’arte contemporanea / San Marino RSM