Assab One presents the fifth edition of 1 + 1 + 1

What if for once the new is not the center of our attention? The fifth edition of the artistic project starts from this reflection 1 + 1 + 1 of Assab One, the non-profit organization founded by Elena Quarestani with headquarters in via Assab 1 in Milan which continues in the name of dialogue between three authors once again called to share space, and above all a thought on what it means today to ‘create’.

I three projects, curated by Federica Sala, propose to turn our gaze not so much to the latest news as to what surrounds us and constitutes our daily life. Emblematic in this sense is the work of the Belgian architectural firm Architects jan de vylderige vinck/inge vinck jan de vylder architects which draws attention to the columns present in the space, wrapping them with wooden structures in which it is possible to enter to look at them from a different and therefore, in this sense, new perspective.

“Arriving at Assab One for the first time we were struck by its beauty. It was clear what the idea behind our intervention would be “, explain Inge Vinck and Jan de Vylder about the project they titled onlY. simplY. happY. «Simply create a background that better framed the presence of the columns, so that people were together with the columns, to discover the known as the unknown. And through that also recognizing that what we have – but of which we are no longer aware – is important and sufficient. Sufficient and that does not need anything else. Not anymore”.

The six central columns, to which a white week is added, deliberately left bare and decorated by hand to be transformed in its own way, share with the space a series of colors that have been taken from the architectural studio and re-proposed one next to the more on the walls to create a new decoration.

The three interventions are linked by a reflection on ours relationship with the surrounding world and its inhabitants (humans, animals and plants), but also with its natural elements such as water and light.

The work ffLux_roots of light of study Caretto / Spain creates a connection between the internal space and the external space of Assab One thanks to a closed circuit of rainwater that feeds the growth of cuttings and a dioscura batatas that crosses the boundaries between inside and outside.


And of Claudia Losi the third work on display, which takes its title Yet the relationship manifests itself from a verse by Wallace Stevens in Connoisseur of Chaos. It is a tapestry embroidered over the course of twenty years that wants to be a sort of “map” on which to read, on its front and back, the growth movements of lichens and is flanked by small shelters / curtains in semitransparent fabric , which welcome but do not isolate those who enter.


In addition to the 1 + 1 + 1 exhibition, Assab One also hosts two other personal. Once you have crossed the threshold, don’t miss the site-specific work Cartoframma Bianco by Daniele Papuli made up of 42,000 strips of paper joined in 420 lamellar modules without chemical alterations, obtained from the reuse of typographic processes. On Sunday 19 September at 18:00 the artist will perform Cartofonia, a sound performance in which the vibrations of the paper will be orchestrated and amplified.

On the upper level of the main space, 360° HORIZON is a photographic series by Marco Palmieri which has the horizon as its protagonist, with architectural elements in the foreground that articulate space and the perception of the sea.

Assab One
When: via private Assab 1, Milan
dove: 4 September – 16 October 2021
from Wednesday to Friday, from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm, Saturday by appointment (free admission with Assab One membership card, 10 euros)
Extraordinary opening Sunday 19, 16.00-20.00


Source: Living by

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