Curandi Katz

Italy/Canada+U.S.A., 2008

The Pacifist Library Action #5: Dispersal | 2014

The Pacifist Library Action #5: Dispersal, 2014
(The Pacifist Library Action #5: Dispersal)
(28 hand bound translations of From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp, binding station)
Foto: ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Ph. A. Bortolotti and Serena Osti
Courtesy: Curandi Katz and ar/ge kunst Bozen



Responding to the new curatorial direction, the theoretical and conceptual premises of a new course are offered and shared with the public, to be appropriated by photocopying the archive of the gallery and binding one’s own books, while recycling copies of From Dictatorship to Democracy in English, Italian and German. The editorial station is activated in the space of the gallery museum, on one condition: that care and subversion are combined in a reshuffling of the rules of use and engagement with the materials made available by the institution in Bolzano, in order to reverberate, spread and disperse the non-violent message initiated a year ago in Queens, New York.


“In this context, the duo Curandi Katz presents a printed and bound version of twenty-eight translations of the book From Dictatorship to Democracy by Gene Sharp. It was this idea of subverting the role of an institution through the act of smuggling that led Curandi Katz to open a do-it-yourself editorial station at ar/ge kunst. The audience is invited to retrieve material from the archive of a/ge kunst on the condition that they photocopy it (and subsequently bind it) directly onto the blank verso pages of the printouts of Sharp’s From Democracy to Dictatorship.” - Emanuele Guidi, Artistic Director, ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy


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