Currently on view -
Unidentified, 2019, plaster, indigo cotton, nylon rope, freight transit from NY to TX - on view at SAM Gallery in Forth Worth, TX - May 11
On view in New York -
Radical Hospitality, 2017, 2-channel video, interactive sound installation
Full installation on view May 19 - 29 at 222 Bowery, for the Every Woman Biennial, curated by C. Finley.
Radical Hospitality, an interactive installation by Montana Simone, is the outcome of more than two years of work, research and experience. It is an investigation of the stranger, of place, and of interactions on the edge. The multimedia installation presents a 1.5-hour abstract film shot in 30 days throughout the Mediterranean, into the Middle East, across Western Europe and up to the Arctic Circle. An itinerant with only a camera, Simone’s eye documents the experience of unsolicited hospitality in these cultures subtly labeled as hostile in current Western discourse.
In the installation, 2-channel video immerses the viewer, sculptures and carpets invite the body, and an array of instruments provide creative (or destructive) interaction. From sunrise to sunset, open to close, the space will be open to the Absolute Other, any stranger, to do as they please. This extreme performance of unconditional openness is provided to break the silence, express oneself, touch and rest, and create connection and empathy. At every level, from consciousness to body, native to citizen, guest to host, we cross the threshold at the edge and meet ourselves when we meet the strange.
This installation is the participatory step in a long-form conceptual art piece. Audio recorded during the installation will be compiled and added to the film as its score, to create the final product of an experience in the power of empathy and freedom from identity.
Zine made as performance, during the first opening of Radical Hospitality, on the printer in the installation, from photos in the installation, during the 2017 opening at IDIO Gallery - Ed. 20