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MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome is pleased to present the new project roommates/coinquilini. During the next months, the Museum will host a series of exhibitions, at any of which two young curators will invite a pair of emerging Roman artists to share one room of the museum as if it was an apartment. The curators will organize the space allowing the artists to be in dialogue with each other, and express the ideas of cohabitation and community.

The first roommates at MACRO will be the duo goldiechiari and Nicola Pecoraro, curated by Cecilia Canziani and Luca Lo Pinto, respectively. For the occasion, the curators and the artists have prepared an innovative display that highlights tensions and contradictions, but also relations and connections, between the specific works that will be on view. In this occasion, the aesthetic discourse will develop investigating nature and artefact, past and present, politics and poetry.

goldiechiari and Pecoraro will present recent and even previously unseen works: for the first roommates' episode, the former has created Genealogia di Damnatio Memoriae 1965-1981 (2009) – a sort of "forest of memory" – while the latter will install a site-specific large wallpaper: Flat Happening (2009).

Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari live and work together in Rome since 1997. Recently present at The Fear Society, collateral event of the 2009 Venice Biennale, the duo has been the protagonist of national and international shows; among the most important ones we list: the solos Welcome at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York (2006), Dump Queen at the Gallery Elaine Levy Project in Brussels (2008); and the collectives Les fleurs du mal at ARCOS, Museo d' Arte Contemporanea del Sannio (2007) and Arte in cantiere at Bolzano's Museion (2006).

Nicola Pecoraro lives and works between Rome, his native city, and London, where he graduated from Middlesex University. He took part in many group exhibitions – Bellavita at the New Chinatown Barbershop Gallery in Los Angeles (2007), Emerging Talent at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (2009), Zweckgemeinschafft at the Berlin's Micamoca (2009), (No) vacancy, at Galleria Maze in Turin (2008); in 2008 Pecoraro presented his works for the solo show Bad Couples at Fette's Gallery in Los Angeles.

Roommates confirms the museum's interest in the emerging generations, the transversal and crossing forms of contemporary art. The project is conceived and coordinated by Costanza Paissan, and promoted by the City of Rome, Council of Culture and Communication, Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.

At the end of the series Electa Mondadori will publish a catalogue that will document all the project's phases, with texts by the curators, images of the artworks and of the relative installations in the museum.

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Nicola Pecoraro / Goldi e Chiari