It’s just not cricket
A project by Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck and ar/ge kunst, Bolzano.
Matilde Cassani, Collezione Privata di A.S., 2018, foto Tiberio Sorvillo e Luca Guadagnini
It’s just not cricket by Matilde Cassani is more than a simple display of cricket equipment including the objects connected with the sport, although it may seem this way at first glance. The idiomatic meaning of the title – the origin of which, like the game of cricket itself – lies in the English culture, arouses the suspicion, however, that all this may have something to do with injustice: the expression is always used when talking about a matter that is unfair or unfrank.
A colored carpet, large, oversized wickets, a ball and two bats, each produced in North and South Tyrol using local woods: these are the components of the setting for an apparently interrupted game, now installed in the exhibition space in Büchsenhausen and waiting, so to speak, for the the players to return. A “display altar” shows a collection of cricket bats, balls and trophies waiting to be used again soon. This encounter with the passion of young cricket players originally from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India or Sri Lanka, some of whom have lived in communities on both sides of the Brenner Pass for decades, offers respite from the usual rhetoric of identity, borders, and of North and South. The circular history of cricket, which has returned to Europe from the British colonies, now spreading here under very different circumstances, provides the opportunity to reflect on the values of today’s urban and rural environments, as well as to challenge the categories of time, entertainment, spectacle and spectatorship.
It’s just not cricket is the conclusion to the eponymous research project by Matilde Cassani, which was initiated and realized following a joint invitation by Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, and ar/ge kunst, Bolzano. After repeated visits to the larger region between Innsbruck and Bolzano the artist made since the end of 2016, the exhibition at ar/ge kunst in Bolzano (February – May 2018) and the current exhibition of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory in Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen provide the framework for the discursive investigation into the aforementioned themes. Workshops with the respective cricket communities on both sides of the Brenner Pass, as well as a planned match between selected North and South Tyrol teams in Innsbruck on 30 June 2018 (Sportplatz Fenner, Kaiserjägerstraße) intend to intensify the public dialogue with and between these groups.
In her work Matilde CASSANI operates at the borders of architecture, installation and event design. Her research-based practice reflects on the spatial implications of cultural pluralism in the contemporary western context. Her works have been shown in numerous cultural institutions and exhibition venues; they have also been published in media including Architectural Review, Domus, Abitare, Arqa, Arkitecktur, and MONU magazine on urbanism. Matilde Cassani has been a resident fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart and at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco. In 2011, Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York showed her exhibition Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings. In addition, she designed the national pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain at Venice Architecture Biennial (2012) and participated in Venice Architecture Biennial in 2014 with the work Countryside Worship. This work was recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Cassani currently teaches at the Politecnico di Milano and the Domus Academy.
A part that is missing never breaks
Matilde CASSANI · Marianna CHRISTOFIDES · Julie SAS · belit SAǦ with Aşkın ERCAN, Rezzan GÜMGÜM, Seçil YAYLALI
The exhibition will be shown in two locations: in the Kunstpavillon of the Tiroler Künstler*schaft and in the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen. The contributions by Marianna Christofides, Julie Sas and belit sağ with Aşkın Ercan, Rezzan Gümgüm, Seçil Yaylalı can be viewed in the Kunstpavillon. The installation It’s just not cricket by Matilde Cassani was produced as part of a cooperation fellowship with ar/ge kunst Bolzano and will be installed at the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen. The opening hours of both exhibition venues are the same.
Opening on Thursday 24 May 2018 at 19.00 in the Kunstpavillon of the Tiroler Künstler*schaft and at 21.00 in the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Welcoming: Katharina Cibulka, Member of the board
Introduction: Andrei Siclodi, Curator
Duration of the exhibition: 25 May – 28 July, 2017
Exhibition venue: Kunstpavillon and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 11.00-18.00, Sat 11.00-15.00