MANIFESTO

#63

CHANGE OF SPACE

We Are Not Going Back

2024.02.27

The new single released by Wolfgang Tillmans is accompanied by a video directed by Tillmans himself, using 80 years old footage by his grandfather Karl R. Tillmans filmed in New York 1939 and Western Germany 1949.

Focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and driven by a desire to explore and to expose, Tillmans’ latest song finds hopeful defiance in the face of uncertain, menacing futures. One can hear his voice wavering ever so slightly as he admonishes the listener (and perhaps himself) to “just hold on, just be strong, just be strong”. His delicate singing of this simple line shows his own unwillingness to dispense absolute instructions absolutely. The song’s title – which he repeats throughout the infectious chorus, along with the line “no turning back the clocks” – becomes less a declaration of fact than a declaration of resistance, a clarion call during a moment when so many clocks are being turned back.

“I made this song holding on to a hopeful spirit in alarming times, when in many countries around the globe civil rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ+ rights are being challenged and increasingly overturned. Some paint a rosy picture of the past whilst forgetting that many people simply were not free, and inequalities were rampant. When I thought about those views of the past, the chorus including ‘no turning back the clocks’ came to me, thinking in solidarity; ‘We can’t possibly want to return to those times, however nostalgic we might feel about parts of them”.

– Wolfgang Tillmans

BIENNALE

THE NAUMACHIA BALL

2024.04.22

On Saturday, April 20th, Dior’s Naumachia Ball took place in Venice, marking a third chapter following the great success of the Tiepolo Ball at Palazzo Labia in 2019 and the Opera Ball at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in 2022.

VENICE

JE EST UN AUTRE

2024.04.22

The Espace Louis Vuitton Venice has announced the opening of a new exhibition Je Est Un Autre by the French artist Ernest Pignon-Ernest, a collateral event of the sixtieth International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

DESIGN

A RADICAL THINKER

2024.04.19

The exhibition Nice to See You, set up within the spaces of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, is one of the greatest tributes to the life and career of Gaetano Pesce. On display are objects with dual meaning, that of utility and that of provoking thought.

BIENNALE

MATERIAL AND IMMATERIAL

2024.04.19

Monte di Pietà, the new exhibition by Fondazione Prada in Venice, explores the concept of debt as the root of human society and the primary vehicle through which political and cultural power is exercised.

MDW

SOFT GEOMETRIES

2024.04.19

Poliform enters the stage with a comprehensive proposal of the concept of space, increasingly elegant and refined. Jean-Marie Massaud, Emmanuel Gallina, and for the first time, Stefano Belingardi Clusoni, sign the main product innovations.