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Giulia Colletti


on general antagonism

praising informal interstices

On General Antagonism |

Praising Informal Interstices


A public conversation on infiltration and hostile intelligence as critical implement, taking the cue from the ultimate debate on blackness and fugitive logics, as theorized by Stefano Harney and Fred Moten. Their notion of Undercommons as social refusal to stagnant politics is rooted in daily actions like talking, walking, working, dancing, and suffering, which establish forms of knowledge in themselves. In this regard, Mexico City embodies ‘self-organised ensembles of social life’, which produce their own unregulated dis-order. Its blackness resides in the informal interstices where neither colonialism nor white market can seep into. Do these sites just epitomise chaos and disobedience or do they disclose counter narratives, questioning state-approved and/or market-oriented actions? Considerations and observations originating from this study session with artist Eduardo Abaroa and participants eventuate in a ‘carta abierta’.  

As part of the event, a screening of "The Heavy of Your Body Parts and The Cool Air of the Air Condition by Scottish artist Ross Little" (Glasgow, 1989) will be presented. Filmed over a cruise ship voyage, this documentary incorporates cinematic shots and rough moving images to investigate on globalised labour force and the condition of economic migrants. While the first section conflates the polarised experience of digital nomads and cruise ship subordinates, the latter presents a ship breaking in India, where scraps are re-sold in the local swap meet. The self-representation of ‘autonomous worktrotters’ collides with corporative obligation of ship breakers into a linguistic and environmental antagonism. On this occasion, Ross Little agreed to sell bootlegs of the movie The Heavy of Your Body Parts and The Cool Air of the Air Condition in Tepito street market, as time-based intervention on informal film distribution.

This event is part of the Lab Program in partnership with Pandeo, Aeromoto, and Frontera 115 (Mexico City). Aeromoto also invited Giulia Colletti to take part in Las Mesas Curadas. 

Special Thanks to: Carlos Amorales, Eduardo Abaroa, El Chino and Miguel Cinta Robles"

Aeromoto Library | Public Conversation

On General Antagonism

Praising Informal Interstices

March 7th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Venecia #23, Col. Juárez

Frontera 115 | Screening

The Heavy of your Body Parts and The Cool Air of the Air Condition

HD video, 2017, courtesy of the artist.

March 10th, 2018 12:00 p.m.

Calle Adolfo Gurrión #115, Merced.

Giulia Colletti is an independent curator and writer, who aims to activate critical thinking within unconventional sites. Conceiving curation as an occupational practice, she works with specificity of spaces, re-functioning their criticality in alliance with artists and other professionals. Her ultimate objective resides in unlearning and re-framing all those actions, which are subsumed under a neoliberal extent – such as co-working, flexibility, mobility. Facing the dilemma between engagement and disengagement  in aspirational culture, her practice plays out at the intersection between patainstitutionalism and ethics of disappointment, constantly interrogating and re-imagining duty, commitment, and responsibility a curator is subjected to.


She graduates in History of Art from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, to then award an MLitt in Curatorial Practice from The Glasgow School of Art. She worked at a number of institutions, including La Biennale di Venezia, Fondazione Prada, CCA Glasgow, and most recently as co-curator at The Hunterian (Glasgow). 

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