behaving like helter-skelter
unosolo is pleased to announce Behaving like Helter-Skelter, the first solo exhibition in Italy by French artist Xavier Mazzarol. For this occasion Mazzarol has conceived and created a new body of works taking inspiration from the manifold significances of a British English term, Helter-Skelter, which has entered our vocabulary because of notorious crime news. It is in fact the title of a song by The Beatles recorded in 1968 whose lyrics inspired the murders committed by Charles Manson and his ‘family’ in California the following year. One of the victims, Sharon Tate, was the wife of Polish-French director, writer and actor Roman Polanski, who directed the film Rosemary’s Baby in the same building where former Beatle John Lennon lived from 1973 on and where he was assassinated in 1980.
Fascinated by this bizarre tangle of real facts and cinematographic fiction Xavier Mazzarol explores and uses the energies suggested by this term and that he feels particularly related to our everyday life: anxiety, excitement, treason, pleasure, fear, lies, conspiracy tangle up determining a state of confusion and disorder, where intuition, fantasy and imagination are the only means to find some sense in the chaos.
Curiosly Helter-Skelter is also the name of a spiralling amusement park slide: Xavier Mazzarol intends to unroll his personal spiral of emotions in the space of unosolo. Artworks, different from each other to create intentional collisions, are, at the same time, deeply related like comunicating vessels thanks to the space they are confronted to.
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