The Independent is a project by Hou Hanru

curated by Elena Motisi and NESXT, Torino


12 July 2018 – 24 March 2019


MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome

Foyer Carlo Scarpa

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RAVE takes part at THE INDEPENDENT | NESXT with the video Drawing Revolutions (2018, 2’35”) directed by Isabella and Tiziana Pers, edit and camera Paolo Comuzzi

Drawing Revolutions focuses on the close-ups of the eyes of two mares, a donkey and a cow rescued at RAVE. These images alternate with the gaze of three children, connected to these animals by different stories.

Some sentences form a dialogue by asking questions between human and non-human.

The sound is the wonderful one of the whales, which in those days were the victims of a terrible slaughter:  Japan killed 333 whales, 122 of which were pregnant, and 144 puppies.


This event of The Independent, the MAXXI programme dedicated to independent realities, revolves around NESXT – Independent Art Network.

NESXT draws a symbolic map of the practices that inhabit the ever-expanding independent national scene on the wall dedicated to The Independent by proposing a selection of eight projects:


Adiacenze (Bologna), Giuseppefraugallery (Gonnesa), Localedue (Bologna), Lu Cafausu (San Cesario di Lecce), Quartiere Intelligente (Napoli), RAVE-East Village Artist Residency (Trivignano Udinese), Spazio Buonasera (Turin), There is no place like home (Rome).

The invited groups/spaces, which have been selected among those belonging to the NESXT network, recount their story in a free, personal manner through videos and an iconographic image.

NESXT is an interdisciplinary project born in 2016 and devoted to independent cultural and artistic production that documents, supports and links associations, artist-run spaces and collectives through a festival, an observatory and a network of collaborations.






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frames from the RAVE video Drawing Revolutions, 2018, directed by Isabella and Tiziana Pers