Adelita Husni-Bey investigates the themes of utopia, collective memory, and the analysis and counter-representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary societies. In this work, the artist reflects on the possible development of the concept of labour: her research stems from reflections and questions on the changes in the world of labour in Italy and the way it will develop over the next thirty years. In Room for a void, Husni-Bey poses a clear-cut question inscribed on an empty billboard set up at the centre of a roundabout in an anonymous suburb: “Che faremmo se non dovessimo produrre e consumare?” (“What would we do if we didn’t have to produce and consume?”). Motorists driving to their workplaces are asked to reflect on the provocation.
ADELITA HUSNI-BEY uses drawing, installations, video and performance to explore the themes of utopia, collective memory, anarchic pedagogy, and the analysis and counter-representation of hegemonic ideologies in contemporary societies. She develops educational workshops and collaborations that involve various social and artistic contexts. She examines questions related to the role of education in the growth of the individual. *She was born in Milan in 1985, she lives and works in New York.