Places and hearts – #5 63rd-77th STEPS, Bari

63rd-77th STEPS is a project space founded and run by the artist Fabio Santacroce. The name refers to the final part of a multi-floor staircase (the area between 63 ° and 77 ° step), inside a building from the beginning of the XX century in Bari.
63rd-77th STEPS strains and investigates the limits and potentialities of the periphery, redefining its spatial and temporal framework within a hyper-connected, hegemonic geography.

 

KubaParis
Is “home“ the place where you’ve been born?

Fabio Santacroce.
Not at the moment.

KP
What do you see and feel when you look out of the window?

FS
Summer is near and I can’t wait to swim and lay down on my favourite beach.

KP
How would your best friend (partner/visitors, guests) describe your rooms?

FS
I forwarded this question to my best friend for an outside perspective but he hasn’t replied yet. Lively, biting, sincere: he would say this I guess 😉

KP
How do you decide what artist you exhibit?

FS
63rd-77th STEPS is focused on more recent post pop/conceptual practices that are able to investigate and re-configure the intricacy of our present, stimulating transversal assimilations. This, together with the need to operate in an inspiring and deferential dimension, determines my choices.

KP
Your favourite art spaces?

FS
I dislike drafting up “top ten” lists. There’s a ridiculous abundance of lists circulating. I will appeal to my latest journeys and places recently visited and I’d say I had a good time at Treize in Paris and at Jupiter Woods in London.

KP
Why do we need independent art spaces?

FS
Independent art spaces become essential if they can loosen and revitalize the increasing self-referentiality and predicability that rule the art industry. Ideally, they should produce cultural experiences that question and re-assert the sense of art-making in such a dark social-political time. Which is not easy to achieve, as both spaces and artists are steadily subjected to economic restriction, negotiations, subtle subordinations and a widespread careerist cynicism.
Coherence, honesty and vision might sound a bit romantic but I believe that they are now needed more than ever: building a precise identity, asserting a clear thought, tracing a “posture” in the world, which I don’t mean only in an artistic sense. Obliqueness, complacence and neutrality don’t cut it any more.

KP
What means independence for you?

FS
I think that it’s not possible to provide an unequivocal definition for the term independent, assuming this position in art brings with it a likely failure, a sort of contradiction in its term. It calls into question some sort of attraction-repulsion forces that can be faced neither with benevolence nor with sentimentalism.
Being independent also varies in relation to the context to which you relate or „oppose”; to the final goals, the degree of compromise that will rule it, the geographical position (being independent in Italy is not the same as being independent in a countries like Switzerland for example, or England, Germany, or wherever artists are more socially recognized and you can benefits from state funds, support).
Therefore, my being independent with 63rd-77th STEPS should be understood in relation to the different aspects of my specific context (local and national), my social background and to an interest in specific discourses and aesthetics.
63rd-77th STEPS responds mainly to a compelling creative urgency and to the desire to create a working comfort zone that obviates, as much as possible, those dysfunctionalities that have often unmotivated my path. If I had to entrust my artistic career to the choices and enrollment/ approval from others, I probably would have done little. Hence the need to not reducing this need and, possibly, share it as much as possible with others.

KP
For what 63rd-77th STEPS stands for?

FS
63rd-77th STEPS is a sort of spatial coordinate that locates a precise space, a residual area confined between the 63 ° and 77 ° step of a communal staircase, inside the building where I used to live in Bari and where the exhibition program started.

KP
Something you‘ve always wanted to say?

FS
I think I’ve told enough already 😉

 

 

ILYA SMIRNOV, pages from Mechanics Alley

OLU DAVID OGUNNAIKE, White Noise, 2016, 108 x 108 cm, Beech, Maple, Ash, Dyed Eucalyptus, Bleached Eucalyptus, Dyed Oak, Resin_onstallation view at Jupiter Woods, London.

ILYA SMIRNOV, pages from Mechanics Alley

IL FUTURO ERA BELLISSIMO PER NOI, Exhibition View at Cité Internationale des Arts

FABIO SANTACROCE, Mothers, 2017, Cover of George Michael Older album printed on canvas, plastic cable ties, plastic balls, soil.

FABIO SANTACROCE, Mothers, 2017, installation detail

INRI, Cédric Fargues, installation view.

Kareem Lotfy, Instagram picture