MX Gallery presents the first event of Rainer Ganahlʼs Summer Nightʼs Spleen residency as an exhibition with the costumes of PLEASE TEACH ME CHINESE / PLEASE TEACH ME ITALIAN – MARX A PRATO / GUCCI A PRATO, a collection of outfits for executives and workers. The former were tailored at very high costs with help of the local museum and financed by the town – approximately 150 000 Euros – with woven jacquard cashmere that Ganahl was able to design. The second part consisted of a "deja-porté" (already on your skin) collection that only gets relabeled for the moment of presentation. This effort was conceived under the slogan of “art versus security camera” and ended badly for the artist whose fashion presentation was interrupted, the artist humiliated and assaulted by the very people who invited him and the works confiscated after a projection of news content found on AP, Reuters, The New York Times or simply on Google featuring abuse and racism in the Italian textile industry to artist was invited to fig leaf.
MX had the pleasure to re-stage this work on July 11th for the public and the making of a film with the help of the entire LES community who worked pro bono to enjoy in a harassment-free zone these beautiful garments in a new and fun way. The artist is not interested to play the victim or simply to hashtag abuse of power and simple non-acceptable forms of censorship but to incorporate everything into his work and make it a topic of discussion.
To do this, the artist is invited to experiment with MX and render it as an open working platform that brings many strings of Ganahlʼs diverse and sometimes controversial practices together. The beautiful fashion products which will be worn and demonstrated in all kind of various situations will elevate the visitors or the performers during events on a fully voluntary and consensual basis for an Instagram and publication project Ganahl calls #narcissiismagainstfascism.