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I Never
Promised You
a Rose Garden




With works by:

Alessandro Calabrese
Ange Leccia
Brian Kuan Wood
Dora García
Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Joanne McNeil
Jocelyn Allen
Leah Clement
Lee Mackinnon
Minna Pöllänen



Exhibition presented in Palermo in collaboration with Matèria Gallery and Minimum Studio.-
Publication edited by Magali Avezou and designed by Michela Palermo, printed in 100 copies. 
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Press: Interview ATP  - Exhibart
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Images: Michela Palermo


I Never Promised You a Rose Garden explores affects’ in the digital era and their place in contemporary communication. Observing the extensive use of affective signs triggers questions on the negotiations at stake between emotions and the digital space.
Are affects - love, care, intimacy - becoming motifs? How do we really relate to each other in the digital space? What is the relationship between technologies, capitalism and love? 

The selection of art works and publications explores these ideas in an open manner, mixing and creating echoes between different levels of contents in the space, from artworks to contemporary and classical books, essays to novels, music on vinyl to music on the Internet, artists on Instagram to artists’ books. It explores notions of collective emotions and intimacy, presence and absence, love in the age of capitalism and Tinder, affective lexicons and notions of romanticism.

The publication of the same name mirrors these many layers of contents, from the research bibliography to the soundtrack of the opening’s night, reconfiguring them into a performative document.