The Intimate Enemy

Curated by Pelagica



Giovedì 19 Ottobre 2017 alle ore 18.30, Pelagica inaugura un nuovo spazio espositivo a Milano con la mostra collettiva The Intimate Enemy,  degli artisti Kamrooz Aram (Iran), Massinissa Selmani (Algeria), Socratis Socratous (Cipro), Regine Petersen (Germania), Filippo Minelli (Italia).

Secondo le definizioni, per gli esseri umani, un nemico è qualcuno che crede in un sistema di valori così diverso e ingiustificabile, tale da dover essere demolito, e di cui desiderarne il male.
L’“essere nemici” è riapparso nelle nostre esistenze, e nel nostro tempo, da una stanza buia in cui l’avevamo nascosto. Sotterrata, e celata da buone educazioni, la nostra capacità di odiare, si è risvegliata, e sta inquietando i nostri giorni.

Le dinamiche umane contemporanee stanno disegnando un mondo “con Noi, o contro di Noi” e hanno lasciato emergere la visione di un’immensa figura nemica, che ingombra e terrorizza da qualsiasi prospettiva e soggettiva si muova lo sguardo.

Ph. Fabrizio Vatieri / Courtesy of the artists and Green Art Gallery Dubai, The Breeder Gallery and Galerie Anne-Sarah Bénichou


On 19th October 2017 at 6.30 pm Pelagica invites you to the opening of  a new gallery inMilan. On this occasion will be presented the exhibition The Intimate Enemy with artists Kamrooz Aram (Iran), Massinissa Selmani (Algeria), Socratis Socratous (Cyprus), Regine Petersen (Germany), Filippo Minelli (Italy).

According to definitions, a cultural and political enemy is someone who believes in a system of values so different and unjustifiable that he needs to be eliminated. In our present day, the concept of “being enemies” has reappeared, taken out of the dark where it had been concealed by our good manners and righteous educations.

Contemporary human dynamics are designing a world of “with us, or against us” and have given rise to the idea of an immense “enemy figure”, casting its shadow from every angle and directing one’s gaze subjectively.


Kamrooz Aram (1978, Shiraz) graduates at the Columbia University. Some of his numerous group and solo shows are listed below:  Recollections for a Room, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2016),Negotiations  at Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, (2011);  P.S.1/MoMA’s Greater New York (2005). His works belong to various public and private collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; e  M+, Hong Kong. He has won the prizes Abraaj Group Art Prize (2014); Art Matters (2014), the New York Foundation for the Arts (2004) . He has also appeared in many publications as The New York Times, Art in America,, ArtAsiaPacific, The New Yorker, The National e Bidoun. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Massinissa Selmani: (1980, Algeri) lives and work in Tours, France. He studied at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Tours. He took part in the 56th Venice Biennale (curated by Okwui Enwezor, 9 May – 22 November 2015), where he received a special mention by the jury. In 2016, he won the Prix Art Collector, in Paris. Recently he had a show at the CCC in Tours, the first Triennale of Vendôme, the Dakar Biennale and the Lyon Biennial. In February of 2018, his solo show will be inaugurated at Palais de Tokyo, in Paris.

Socratis Socratous (1971 Paphos, Cyprus) studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He represented Cyprus at the 53th Venice Biennale with the show Rumours,Pavillion of Republic of Cyprus, curated by Sophie Duplaix. His recent group and solo shows are among others: SI SEDES NON IS a cura di Milovan Farronato, The Breeder, Athens (2017), Cher(e)s Ami(e)s, Centre Pompidou Paris (2016), DESTE Prize Award Shortlisted artists exhibition, The Cycladic Museum Athens.  He is represented by The Breeder gallery (Athens).

Regine Petersen (1976, Hamburg) holds an MA in Fine Art / Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with the most recent solo shows at Foam Museum, Amsterdam / Netherlands, Photoforum PasquArt, Biel / Switzerland and Museum of Photography, Brunswick / Germany. She is a recipient of the National Media Museum Bursary UK, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation Grant and the Outset / Unseen Exhibition Fund. Her publication “Find a Fallen Star” (Kehrer Verlag) received the German Photobook Award in 2015.

Filippo Minelli (1983 Brescia) studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. He has partecipated in numerous group and solo shows: Silence Shapes / Miami, Banca Generali, Milano, Italy; Myth’tic, Padania Classics, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany, Korogram, Seoul, South Korea; Desert Island, Coachella Valley Art Center, California, USA; XXI TRIENNALE DI MILANO, Milano, Italy; Venturing Beyond, Somerset House, London, United Kingdom, New Works, Beetles+Huxley gallery, London, UK. He has conducted various workshops and conferences: Courtauld Institute, Identity Lost, London, UK; Politecnico Di Milano, Fragmented Landscapes of post-metropolis, IT; Somerset House, Mapping the City, London, UK.