Wurmkosfigure, 2009 in progress
Everyone can create their own “figure” with the materials and technique they want, those with which they identify most. The figure can be realistic but also imaginary, there are no schemes. You can start from a photograph, a drawing, a collage or assemble different ones. You can use materials that are already in the house, maybe for a long time and you never understood what they could be used for.
The only limitation is the size of the figure, which must not exceed 23 cm in height. The figures must be cut out and a small base can be made, for example out of hard cardboard, in order to be able to hold them in a stable manner. In the future, those who wish to do so can visit us in our workshop and add their figure to the others. Wurmkosfigure is a project born in 2009 and still in progress today. Over the years it has involved social cooperatives, families, political groups, artists, schools, small mountainous communities, city districts and currently consists of 1,558 figures.
It is a collective work that brings together people with different experiences. A multitude of human figures that form a dissident people, manifest in their presence an act of resistance, in which it is impossible not to make a choice. The choice is not peremptory, it does not crystallize on absolute convictions, it is not a model, it does not have a direction, but it
creates a disturbance, a mismatch to controlled reality, in antagonism to the dominant “empty certainties” to give rise to flows of relationship. It is increasingly urgent to delineate oneself, to configure oneself as speaking figures who have their own autonomy and therefore to be active subjects.
Wurmkos is a visual arts workshop founded in 1987 in Sesto San Giovanni; it is an open place, a “basagliana” experience that links art and psychic discomfort without setting goals of salvation, in which artists, both disadvantaged and not, critics, people who collaborate in the creation of works and texts enter the different projects.
There are numerous collective and personal exhibitions both in Italy and abroad. Among them: Venice Biennale; Gwangju Biennale; Villa Croce Museum, Genoa; Milan Triennale; Pac – Contemporary Art Pavilion, Milan, PAV – Turin.
In 2011 Fondazione Wurmkos onlus was established to protect the group’s material and cultural heritage and share it with the community. In 2011, Pasquale Campanella, one of the founders of the group, received the Premio Ciampi – L’altr’Arte for his work with Wurmkos.