Marilisa Cosello 
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Lo sport e le sue varie declinazioni: temi del femminile, della storia, dell’identità e del corpo. Sono le tematiche centrali del nuovo progetto di Marilisa Cosello, artista, fotografa, interprete della realtà contemporanea, realizzato per Nouvelle Factory.

 

Disegni, tutti pezzi unici, che l’autrice racconta così: “Lo scenario sono le Olimpiadi, con l’insieme di complessità e società che portano nella loro stessa rappresentazione ed esistenza. Quest’anno, il Comitato Olimpico Internazionale (CIO) ha annunciato nuove linee guida che vietano agli atleti di fare manifestazioni politiche, religiose ed etniche ai prossimi Giochi Olimpici estivi del 2021 a Tokyo. La RULE 50 della Carta Olimpica già proibiva agli atleti di protestare ai Giochi, ma le nuove linee guida specificano esempi, compresa la visualizzazione di messaggi politici su abbigliamento, cartelli o bracciali, inginocchiarsi, interrompere cerimonie di premiazione o fare gesti politici con le mani.

Il movimento olimpico ha sempre affermato di essere una forza unificante, ma riunire gli atleti del mondo significa inevitabilmente portare con sé anche la loro politica.

Le Olimpiadi, sono state teatro di proteste politiche sin dall'inizio dei Giochi nel 1894, e restano un evento sociale e politico di portata globale”.

Per Nouvelle Factory, l’artista propone “una serie di opere che raccontano le più famose proteste e le immagini di

queste proteste, diventate nel tempo simboli storici. Penso ai velocisti Tommie Smith and John Carlos alle Olimpiadi in New Mexico del 1968, alle proteste di Taiwan alle Olimpiadi di Roma del 1960, alla protesta silenziosa di Věra Čáslavská contro l’occupazione Russa ed anche ai boicottaggi delle varie Nazioni, ad esempio contro il Sud Africa durante gli anni dell’apartheid”.

 

I lavori di Marilisa Cosello, che pubblicheremo fino all’inizio delle Olimpiadi di Tokyo (23 luglio), sono la pietra miliare di una nostra costante

collaborazione con artisti contemporanei. 

 

Sport and its various forms: themes of the feminine, history, identity and the body. These are the central themes of the new project by Marilisa Cosello, artist, photographer, interpreter of contemporary reality, created for Nouvelle Factory.

 

Drawings, all unique pieces, which the author describes as follows: "The scenario is the Olympics, with the set of complexity and society that they bring to their own representation and existence. This year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced new guidelines banning athletes from holding political, religious and ethnic demonstrations at the upcoming 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. RULE 50 of the Olympic Charter already prohibited athletes from protesting at the Games, but the new guidelines specify examples, including displaying political messages on clothing, signs or bracelets, kneel, stop award ceremonies or political hand gestures.

The Olympic movement has always claimed to be a unifying force, but bringing together the world's athletes inevitably means bringing their politics with it as well. The Olympics have been the scene of political protests since the beginning of the Games in 1894, and remain a social and political event with a global reach ”.

 

For Nouvelle Factory, the artist proposes "a series of works that tell the most famous protests and images of

these protests have become historical symbols over time. I think of sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Olympics in New Mexico in 1968, Taiwan protests at the 1960 Rome Olympics, to the silent protest of Věra Čáslavská against the occupation

Russia and also the boycotts of the various nations, for example against South Africa during the apartheid years ".

 

The works of Marilisa Cosello, which we will publish until the start of the Tokyo Olympics (23 july), are the cornerstone of our constant collaboration with contemporary artists.

www.marilisacosello.com

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Under protest #1
Taiwanese Athletes
1960 Olympics “Under Protest”


Taiwanese Olympic athletes marched into Rome’s 1960 opening ceremony behind a sign reading “UNDER PROTEST.” The team was vexed at their committee’s decision to enter the games under the island’s western name, Formosa, instead of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s preferred designation, Republic of China.

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Marilisa Cosello

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Under protest #2

Vera Caslavska, 1968 Olympics games

Vera Caslavska, Czechoslovakia's most decorated Olympic athlete. To protest against the Russian invasion of her country, Caslavska held a silent protest at the 1968 Olympic Games, held in October in Mexico City. During a medal ceremony, Caslavska looked down and away when the national anthem of the Soviet Union was played. 

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UNDER PROTEST #3

_TOMMIE SMITH & JOHN CARLOS, 1968 OLYMPICS GAMES

Gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos showing the raised fist on the podium after the 200 m race at the 1968 Summer
Olympics; during their medal ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City on October 16, 1968, both athletes raised a black-gloved fist during the playing of the US national anthem. While on the podium, Smith and Carlos, turned to face the US flag and then kept their hands raised until the anthem had finished. In addition, Smith, Carlos, and Australian silver medalist Peter Norman all wore human-rights badges on their jackets.
The demonstration is regarded as one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the modern Olympics.
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