Exhibitions. Quelli che vanno / quelli che restano
Rainer Ganahl, Paolo Parisi, Steven Pippin, Luca Pozzi, Aldo Mondino, Kamen Stoyanov Partecipazione speciale di Mario Ybarra Junior
from: 04 april 2013 to: 07 april 2013
From the 4th to the 7th April 2013, the Enrico Astuni Gallery in occasion of MIART, Milan contemporary art fair, will present in his stand F07 Those who go / Those who stay, international group show dedicated to the “trip”, curated by Lorenzo Bruni.
The involved artists will show works different from each others for technique and content but connected by a similar issue: in the Google maps era how we can consider and what we can expect from the idea and from the experience of travelling?
M. Ybarra Jr, Go tell it #1, 2001
An innovative idea of travel finds its roots in the Europe of late ’500 and was institutionalized at the end of the following century by the Grand Tour, which corresponded to the occasion of cultural growth for English nobles and American bourgeoisies.
During the nineteenth century, travelling has also fulfilled the collective and temporary desire of discovering the reality and was coded as "scientific travelling", begun in the wake of the routes of colonization and of importation of slaves, with the objective of establishing the breadth and variety of the world.
In both cases, the travelling had the aim to discover new realities, in order to get out of the everyday revitalizing it with new reasons of being.
With the crisis of ego’s identity following the romantic exaltation, in the twentieth century, the travelling symbolically corresponds to the "labyrinth", and the traveller / disillusioned man no longer moving through bucolic places or mapped territories is lost, neither finds himself nor his identity, or the way back.
Since the late ’60s, in the postmodern era, the world borders start crumbling, and the physical space communicates with the virtual space without barriers. The travel begins in the "non-places" and leads to experiences, reflections and illuminations inevitably fragmented.
Nowadays, in a globalized post-colonial and post-ideological world, where the individual is connected to everyone and everything, but often not by an experientially way, how can the approach to the travelling be considered?
This is the question that emerges and to which "Those who go / those who remain," aims to guide the viewer to an answer.
P. Parisi, Untitled (postcards), 2013
A. Mondino, L’attesa, 1999
The artworks shown in this exhibition relate to the idea of travel as a concept or as an experience, leading to the extreme consequences these two opposite perspectives. Thus, the monochrome paintings Coast to coast, 2008, by Paolo Parisi (Catania, 1965), New Constellation, 1999, self-propelled sculpture assumed as a new cosmos by Steven Pippin (Redhill, UK, 1960) and The Gift Of Cape, 2008, by Luca Pozzi (Milan, 1983), photographic series set in India representing big sculptures of Buddha with a sleeping bag placed near his feets, highlight the rational codes by which the world is measured, mapped and explained. 0.1% Culture or Tiger on the bonnet, 2011 by Kamen Stoyanov (Rousse, BG, 1977), video of the artist’s travel done by car and directed to an art residence in Eastern Europe. Waiting, 1999, by Aldo Mondino (Turin, 1938), emblematic installation consisting of a painting and a bench, and The passion considered an up hill bicycle race, 2011, by Rainer Ganhal (Bludenz, AT, 1961), a video where the artist in the role of Alfred Jarry, the inventor of “pataphysics”, climbs by bike the heights of a snowy mountain, symbolically new Golgotha, keep in the foreground the experiential encounter with a specific part of the world.
S. Pippin, New Constellation
R. Ganahl, The apprentice in the sun, 2006/2013
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