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The world is absorbed in its representations. High-tech conflicts, dematerialized bodies, communities, monuments, places, take shape and self-destruct in a timeless present. Here they rise again and transcend in the iconosphere, in a crumbling that is not only imminent but necessary.
MELMA presents: Sacro Fratto Simulacro - what if icons were on fire?

La chiesetta delle lucertole, a place of sacred and profane resilience serves as a catalyst for a site-specific collective installation curated by the artists themselves in collaboration with MELMA. The core of the exhibition is a series of photographs by Mattia Rubino, which investigates the presence of technological tools to record and disseminate religious services in a church. From this work visions arise which problematise the search for spirituality through technology.
Starting from these images, Matteo Pasin develops a broader reflection on contemporary representation in the form of an iconoclastic pamphlet, created in collaboration with Francesco Goats Edelvais.
Coletta_e (Cristina Andrea Maria) reflects on the concept of creation, in an aesthetic audio-video journey that investigates natural visions and fractal structures.
Babau + Francesca Mariano present the performance VELARIUM: RELENTLESS the velarium had a decorative function in a fresco. The only space to show allegorical figures and profane representations in a church. Three times hidden, three times revealed, what is hidden, exists.

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In occasione di Milano Photo Week, MELMA presenta: Sacro Fratto Simulacro − e se le icone si incendiassero?

Il mondo è assorbito nelle sue rappresentazioni. Conflitti ad alta tecnologia, corpi smaterializzati, comunità, monumenti, luoghi, prendono forma e si autodistruggono in un presente senza tempo. Qui risorgono e trascendono nell’iconosfera, in uno sgretolamento che non è solo imminente ma necessario.

In occasione di Milano Photo Week, MELMA presenta: Sacro Fratto Simulacro − e se le icone si incendiassero?

La Chiesetta delle Lucertole, luogo di resilienza sacro e profano, resistito ai mutamenti delle epoche che l’hanno attraversato, dialoga con una mostra collettiva e installativa site-specific curata dagli stessi artisti in collaborazione con MELMA. Nucleo della mostra è una serie di fotografie di Mattia Rubino, che investiga la presenza di strumenti tecnologici per la registrazione e diffusione di funzioni religiose in una chiesa. Ne emergono visioni che problematizzano la ricerca della spiritualità attraverso la tecnologia.
Partendo da queste immagini, Matteo Pasin sviluppa una riflessione più ampia sulla rappresentazione nel contemporaneo in forma di pamphlet iconoclasta, realizzato in collaborazione con Francesco Goats Edelvais.
Coletta_e (Cristina Andrea Maria) riflette sul concetto di creazione, in un viaggio estetico audio-video che indaga visioni naturali e strutture frattali.
BABAU + Francesca Mariano presentano la performance VELARIUM: RELENTLESS il velario aveva una funzione decorativa. L'unico spazio a mostrare figure allegoriche e rappresentazioni profane in una chiesa. Tre volte nascosto, tre volte rivelato, ciò che è celato, esiste.
Mago Melino offre "preferisco essere cyborg che dea", intimo confessionale, corrente di teorie cyberfemministe, personal writing e flusso di coscienza.

Attraverso linguaggi differenti, Sacro Fratto Simulacro esplora le contraddizioni e le possibilità di rappresentare ciò che va al di là della rappresentazione.

VERNISSAGE 6/06/19 h19
OPEN 7-8/06/19 H14-21

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What is this? An invitation. A meeting. An exchange. A safe space where you can trust each other. A different approach. The creation of a support network between uncomfortable , self-produced and self-managed spaces, projects, more or less ambiguous and exposed within/to the world of art and publishing.

We turn this invitation to those of us/you who feel a little lonely, a bit misunderstood, a little confused. To those of you who are interested in building a strong network made up of people, faces, relationships, but above all support. This is necessary to stop blaming ourselves, to refuse the intrinsic structural dynamics of the current system, to have new ideas, to form new ways of acting and re-acting.

If you're interested, curious and want to dig further with us into the matter send us an email to 

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You'll receive our statement and the address where we'll hold the meeting. 
[ To those of you who are not able to be physically present, we have the possibility to use Skype. We will also try to set up a live recording and document the event for future reference ]

Cristina Andrea Maria curator e creator of the art project space La Casa di_o (IG:@lacasadi_o_)

Cristina Vasilescu is a curator who has worked in different collectives. Most recently she organised a talk around infrastructures and practices of care at the ICA, London and took part in a seminar by Mileskm La Guarida in the context of Artlicks 2018 on Peripheries. She co-runs

Silvio Plath founder and polyhedral force of IL BUCO: DIY and independent queer zine based in Milan

Barbara Mulas is an independent curator, art manager and coordinator. Curious about interstitial realities, margins and human relations, she often works within public art, self-productions and underground cultural realms, offering events and projects that could be labeled as entertaining, yet are food for thoughts, stimulating and nourishing. Barbara's working methodology is multidisciplinary, synergic and inclusive. She is also founder of many sociological-relational projects, such asà(co-curated along with Cecilia Maafs), NEST Conversations and The Subjective Dictionary of Contamination. She is currently working on a project on identity and sexuality, titled Psiche & Soma. IG: @barbaralamulas ISSUU .com/barbaramulas

Nicola Novello and Rocco Donà founders of Meta Publishing, (IG:@metapublishing) curatorial identity that explores dialogues between art, design, education and experiments through exhibitions, publications and research.

Tanya Guryel is a London born Turkish Cypriot. Tanya makes comics/ illustrations on themes of home and identity. At the same time she teaches a story workshop in North Cyprus. It was during her time in Spain that she started documenting her surroundings and a new language with drawings which she then decided to transfer into her teaching. The story workshop gives students a chance to use language and drawing as their materials to make stories, their current project is based on the theme of world-building.

Alice Fiorelli (IG: @tulpess) compulsively draws and takes photographs. Some of her zines have been published by de-press edizioni ( with them she participates to various DIY festivals and fairs. She also prints and produces some books by herself (; she illustrated the book "Fiabette" by Diego Gualandris (First project by Altalena collective) and also worked on another of his short stories (in collaboration with Andrea de Franco). Alice is about to be published by Kuŝ (š! #33 'Misery).

Luigi Monteanni and Matteo Pennesi from ArteTetra, collective and DIY label originated in Potenza Picena (MC) and now based in Milan. Starting from 2014 the label has produced and released more than 20 artists linked to the concept of Fifth World (Quinto Mondo). In Bologna they've curated the series "Giardino Magnetico" in collaboration with GallleriapiùIslands and Communion. As a collective, Arte Tetra engaged in various A/V projects such as Exotic Gloss in C2C17 and have devised a project to celebrate CESURALAB's 10th anniversary.

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Milan, 03/05/18

Archivio Zero is the first exhibition featuring the homonym publication by Mattia Rubino and showcasing some of his analogue photographs stolen from the city over the course of three years. The publication's layout and the absence of binding converse with scattered images on a table and are evocative signs of the labyrinthine and alienating experience of the urban fabric.

Archivio Zero is the first exhibition in collaboration with Fragments and Flows a project where noise, photography and video deconstruct the everyday gaze, examining the relation between power and social body.

Archivio Zero is the first exhibition in collaboration with Umberto Ghidini and Umberto Zanette. The duo presents Cranes, site-specific video-performance that sees two artists interact with two abandoned cranes. By exploring these structures as resonant instruments, the purpose of the cranes is revised and reworked.