Since January 2016, the citizens of Jutland’s municipalities have been able to meet a special “Party”, founded by Italian artist Giuseppe L. Bonifati alias “Jeppe” and Linda Sugataghy – Hungary, with the important participation of Spanish actor Alberto Martinez Guinaldo, all three from the international DOO performing arts group. They have established KUNSTPARTIET – “The Art Party”, with the aim to strive after Beauty through Art. Kunstpartiet is not a political party, but it is in reality a community based artistic project with interactive performance events in Denmark, in collaboration with Holstebro Municipality and other municipalities in Jutland, Central Denmark Region, the Danish National Arts Foundation, Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture and the Nordic Theatre Laboratory.
MAYOR IN RESIDENCE (1st of January 2016 – 18th of June 2017), has been the longest performance project and “election campaign” ever made by a couple of artists. Giuseppe L. Bonifati and Linda Sugataghy played the roles of JEPPE and Linda (Candidate and First Lady) in Holstebro for 18 months. They have been in contact with thousands of citizens and collaborated with several cultural and artistic institutions in Jutland, realising monthly performances, actions, performances and events.
ART AS DEFENCE (2018). In its second interdisciplinary project, along with several national and international artists, KUNSTPARTIET focused regionally as well locally and transformed its headquarter, Bomhuset – Museum for Miniature Art, to a dreamlike 24/7 video installation. The group traveled from Hirtshals to Aabenraa, from Odder to Esbjerg and Odense, from the art museums to cold war bunkers and from theatre scenes to the football fields of asylum centers, all to spread the Arts Party’s messages to adult and young, from kindergarten children and high school students to politicians.
ART ON CALL (2019). ART PARTY´S new experimental project aims to investigate the capacity that Art may have on Health and to make these findings reach a larger part of society. We explored this topic through artistic residencies in 7 cities in Central and Western Jutland. During this time we drove a special ambulance where intimate performances took place inside the vehicle. With the important presence of Kata Juhasz, international dancer and practising doctor, the activities included actions, performances and workshops as prevention and recharging at home, in streets, in schools, offices, theaters, museums, etc. A type of performance called “Rechargeable” was carried out in collaboration with local groups of older people in belief that art can prolong expected life expectancy. We will follow up this project by two international tours in the second part of 2021. The Artbulance will visit the Visegrád countries and we will present workshops and performances to international audience for the first time as Kunstpartiet.
THE ART REACTOR (2020) Between August and September 2020, the Art Party will go from door to door during residencies in 7 Danish islands and collect waste from the local population. Kunstpartiet will collaborate with local artists and arrange workshops for young people and together transform the rubbish into artworks. They will bring these in a parade and bury in a pink box (with artworks made of organic waste), where it can disappear and become part of the earth. The other artworks (made of non-compostable waste) will be be instead exhibited in another time capsule at a local art museum or gallery, as a warning and message to the the future citizens. Environment and sustainability are therefore the central elements of the project. The aim of the project is as well to create a wave of activism, good will and energy between the citizens during the days of Art Party’s residence in the island.