Between the Silhouette and the Background
curated by Federica Bueti
The group show Between the Silhouette and the Background explores that area of convergence between reality and imagination which represents for many artists a space of dialogue and potential action. Being positioned between the silhouette and the background means to permit different and conflicting perspectives to emerge and participate in the complexity of reality. Exploring the interstices in the texture of reality is a way to act and generate a shifting of perspectives from preconceived systems and ideas. The invited artists, all born between the mid-70s and 80s, share a transmedial and participative attitude, and often work in this hybrid field, attempting to test its limits and possibilities.
The exhibition aims to disclose the temporary and precarious aspect of existence and reveals the intention to investigate the concept of movement, intended as a process of creation of ethic and aesthetic responsibilities, as well as a movement between the singularity of the subject and the idea of community as a context. What strongly emerges from the exhibited artworks is the ability to identify and elaborate points of convergence between the documentable reality and the partiality of a point of view, and also the necessity to propose new meanings and perspectives.
Riccardo Benassi and the British duo Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, for example, identify the architectonic space as a potential stage of action which has lost its purely functional nature to become an immaterial space, a place of social relationships and historic connotations. For this reason it is possible to consider architecture as an event, and as a moment necessary to destabilize established and passively accepted powers. The loss of functionality and the capacity to consciously attribute a new use and meaning to a space is the aspect examined by the German artist Manuel Raeder, whose installation has been conceived for office spaces.
The subjective and social nature of the concept of identity and the mechanisms of the production of social and ideological space represent, to the Portoguese artist Pedro Barateiro, a field to be investigated and undermined. The collective Slavs and Tatars considers movement and its cultural and social connotation, such as in the migrations of the Roma people: nomadism as a condition or critique of the concept of identity/country. Adam Thompson works on everyday actions, on the impulses which daily create stories where we are protagonists together with the objects. In this sense the artist moves, combines and recombines existing objects and forms to create new dialogic relationships between them. Finally, in the projection presented by Eric Bell/Kritoffer Frick as well as in the video by Brazilian Marcellvs L. the movement appears to be frozen: time acquires an almost imperceptible nature, and yet is always present as a flux.
The idea of movement as a process of transformation is the main point. Represented, questioned, denied or accepted as an essential condition, movement is the dialectic basis on which all possibilities of creation and comprehension lay.
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