Performing PAC. Dance Me To The End Of Love, 11 Jul 2023 — 10 Sep 2023

Performing PAC. Dance Me To The End Of Love

PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Via Palestro, 14, Milan, Italy

On the occasion of the 30th year since the Mafia massacre in Via Palestro, the edition of PERFORMING PAC Summer 2023 is dedicated to the relationship between contemporary art and historical memory: the idea is to tell – through videos, photographs, installations, performances and a small “flashback” exhibition with material from the PAC Archive – how contemporary artistic practice and research has treated memory not as knowledge of history as an end in itself, but as a significantly and emotionally charged connection experienced between subjects and events that transcend their singularity.

This year’s title, Dance Me To The End Of Love, is a quotation from a song by Leonard Cohen from 1984, a song inspired by the drama of the Shoah. In an interview Cohen explained: ‘The song came about by hearing the stories of survivors from the death camps. Next to the crematoria, in some concentration camps, a string quartet was forced to play while this horror unfolded. A horror that would also become the fate of the musicians themselves. They played when their comrades died’. But in the verses of the song, the drama seems to disappear in the salvific and peaceful mission of art as a vehicle of memory, capable of being stronger than any cruelty.

Contacts & Details
Tue –  Sun  10am – 7:30pm
Reservation required on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
T: +39 02 884 46359

PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Via Palestro, 14, Milan, Italy

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