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Exhibitions / The Great Mother / Teaching to walk

Teaching to Walk
WA performance by the artist Roman Ondák
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An Instagram Call inspired by the performance

The great collective story of an unpredictable moment:
a child’s first steps

For the performance we are seeking mothers
With babies from about 8 to 12 months old
Interested in taking part

During The Great Mother, the performance Teaching to Walk by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák will make its Italian premiere: every day, in the exhibition space, a mother will be teaching her child to walk.

THE PERFORMANCE - TEACHING TO WALK
For the performance Teaching to Walk (2002), presented here for the first time in Italy, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi is seeking mothers with male babies who are willing to come once a day for several days, for about half an hour each time, to visit the exhibition and walk with their child in the exhibition space.
Springing from the personal experience of the artist, who as a father found himself watching and sharing the intimate relationship between his wife and their son as she was teaching him to walk, Teaching to Walk homes in on the specific moment in which a child literally takes his first steps towards independence and gradually loses physical contact with his mother. Capturing an action as utterly unpredictable as a small child’s behavior, the work is in constant evolution; it invites viewers to discover and share this pivotal moment not just by portraying it, but by creating genuine involvement.

INSTAGRAM CALL - #TeachingToWalk
#TeachingToWalk is an open call to the entire Instagram community: an invitation to share a photo of your own first steps or those of someone dear to you. An unpredictable moment. The first act of independence.
Taking part is easy: just post one or more pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #TeachingToWalk. All the photographs shared by the community will be collected into a large, ongoing album that can be viewed on the site www.lagrandemadre.org. 
The call will start on July 11, 2015 and end on November 15, 2015, with the close of the exhibition The Great Mother

For more information on the performance and to participate:
Giulia Chiapparelli and Denise Solenghi 
Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
T. +39 02 8068821  - press@fondazionenicolatrussardi.com

THE ARTIST
Roman Ondák
(b. 1966 in Žilina, Slovakia) is considered one of the most interesting figures on the international art scene and his works have been exhibited in the world's leading museums, including MoMA in New York and Tate Modern in London. He has taken part in prestigious contemporary art festivals such as Documenta 13 (2012) and the Venice Biennale, where in 2009 he represented the Slovak Republic.
Through his works and performances, Roman Ondák explores the relationship between art and life and introduces subtle changes into everyday routines, turning normal actions into living sculpture.
His pieces often rely on the participation of the general public, creating works that explore human behavior and grow out of the interaction between different individuals.