Detailed Preview of
"abbi cura di te" Domestic Exhibitions
July 1st 2020
The 3d printed plastic hand is the necessary object of our quarantine, an indispensable appendix against physical distancing.
Can the artificial makeup for the sensory?
Five fragments, five points of contact with the outside while we stay at home. Imagining new rituals.
Collettivo Metadiapason - Creative Studio
21 April 2020
Narrated, summarized and described for me by Alessandro Turci
A thought of medieval theoretic describes man as hovering for eternity between infinity and infinitesimal, both dimensions without borders. The soul, the essence of things, the breath, the idea. It gives reason to the body, creates a link with the place.
The room is the place of the artworks (explained in the captions) and part of the work itself.
sketch for scenography
Le stanze della memoria
Memory is not intended as a nostalgic fact but as a dynamic fact in the making that stows, catalogs and changes, projected towards the future. Hence the idea of giving shape to this concept through infinite rooms covered with shelves which in turn are filled with folders.
The drawing presented is a sketch for scenography that will be created as a model object.
Size can be determined but the occupied surface should not exceed 4 square meters.
11 May 2020
Labrys: A quarantine room
The word labrys [double ax], a symbol of the Minoan civilization of the island of Crete, has identified the construction of the labyrinth for posterity: home of an executioner (the Minotauro, half man and half bull), mortal place, only entry space and without exit, if not with a stratagem. This quarantine room is a psychedelic journey in the form of notebooks, they are graphic notes - traced on pages already written months or years ago - started with the confinement status for Covid-19 and still in progress: first drafts, then distressed, then more relaxed, but necessary to mark the days and hours waiting for an invisible minotaur, perhaps more fearful of the mythical man-beast, who are staying in a house that has become an unexpected labrys.
Notebook 1: February-March 2020 (start);
Notebook 2: March-April 2020 (phase 1);
Notebook 3: April-May 2020 (phase 3)
07 May 2020
Escape is a gateway from reality, whose access (and exit) passes through a bright door by James Turrel. The room is dressed in the Floridita wallpaper by Wall & deco, creating the illusion of a tropical sunset, amplified by a cluster of Seletti's neon lights. To anchor me to reality there are however three objects dear to me: the Extinguisher, a glass cloche from the collection designed by Fabrica for my gallery, Secondo me; the Mezzadro stool, by Zanotta, the first design object that has ever been given to me; the blue penguin of Cracking Art, a reassuring daily presence in the living room. The result is a kind of psychedelic room in which to travel while remaining within the domestic space.
19 May 2020
01 May 2020
The work presented for the "abbi cura di te" project focuses on a work carried out in the home/studio just before the lockdown. The work entitled "The Myth of the cave" is transformed precisely for this project and becomes a story entitled "I WORK". The starting point was to try to become I work, artwork.
The story begins with a 360-degree panoramic view that the work has of the home/studio. As if it were turning on itself, from a single point of observation, to grasp with its gaze everything that surrounds it. A predominant element of this work is, in fact, the rotary movement given by the use of some motors. The subsequent development is a backward path, retracing all the phases of its genesis, up to the embryonic phase of the idea, of project.
It is in the centre of the home/studio, so it has the opportunity to observe what happened before until it finds similarities or links with who is before her.
My recognition of myself in it becomes such a need, a confrontation, that in this period more than ever it needs to lay new future assumptions, reflecting on what and how it came to this moment.
I was cReaTING SomeTHING thAt Wasn't THERE fRoM tHE SIMple ThinGS tHat WERE
‘I was creating something that wasn’t there from the simple things that were’ examines the oeuvre of my nephew Ali Piriyev, 8, while addressing a complex web of socio-educational and cultural questions such as What is culture? How do we measure talent? And Why is it a subject to expert validation? Having been always home-schooled, Ali’s thinking approach is visibly beyond standardisation and construction of norms, instead all he is unintentionally demonstrating is an astonishing sense of freedom and creativity without any institutionalised or technologized strategies. Yet, the objective of this exhibition is not in trying to measure practitioner’s talent, but rather in identifying the ever-existing dynamics of culture in the backdrop of global stillness. This exhibition showcases the richness of one child’s creative response to the world around him, the world that he genuinely owns. While the rest of us are struggling in our lockdowns, Ali for whom home is his comfort zone remains to comprehend it as a borderless space, serving to further enhance his authentic imagination and creativity.
An Exhibition of 34 drawings by:
20 May 2020
Il sole che non hai
Hunger for culture
At night it is very strange
But the fire of a match
It seems to you the sun you don't have
We wanted to show the strange path that the imagination makes in extreme cases when the hunger, primary need, combines another primary need, the aesthetic one, all seasoned with nostalgic sauce.
Series of 4 Dishes by:
Paolo Marabotto - Artist
29 April 2020
We send these short videos in response to 'a necessary object' theme.
In our work, we push objects, found in our micro-universe 'home', towards an increasingly uncertain 'forward', given the current situation.
Me, Myself and I
The quarantine period imposed by COVID-19 is an incredible magnifying glass that forces us to look at our world with different eyes but above all ourselves. Difficult self-isolation: alone in an apartment, imprisoned at home to fight an unknown "monster": loneliness.
Thus was born the idea of exploring myself, to understand me and to keep me company!
Five parts of me, five Samuel-i.
A Video with Series of 8 Collages by:
22 April 2020
Terrazza della memoria
Voglio Zwichem, in describing the Theater of Memory to Erasmus, writes that Giulio Camillo "calls this theatre of his many names, saying now that he is an artificial mind and soul, now that he is a soul with windows". Due to the social distancing imposed by the pandemic, the soul - confined in the house - through its windows looks at the city and continues to be part of it, always giving new meanings to its built memories and its architects.
Series of 5 Photographs by:
14 May 2020
An Albulm of 32 Photographs by:
21 April 2020
Archeologia di un amore
Tra desiderio di felicità e fiducia nel futuro
From a family album, photographic portraiture and the change in social customs between the 1940s and 1960s
Through forty photos taken from the family album, rediscover the relationships and faces of ordinary people, however unique in the memory of those who have learned to love and know them, albeit indirectly. Family affections, however evanescent, impalpable and distant in time, have unconscious and deep roots, capable of moving through photography that gives them life and the metalinguistic narrative that generates them.
As much as mediation of reality, the photographic portrait is capable of going beyond the decades and transmitting the soul that shines through a smile, the hope hidden behind a common gesture, the eternal youth of a face. The vital and constitutive essence of a person crosses the physical barrier of death and still illuminates us today.
Photography testifies to social change, customs, the expressive modalities of affection while capturing the imagination of the beholder.
Removing the faces of the people who generated us from oblivion is a moment of gratitude.
Weaving a new visual genealogy is the foundation of archeology of love that has as its object the lares familiares of the past century.
A look out the window, towards the horizon, the sea and Vesuvius.
A house that welcomes you, facilitates your thoughts. A dining and work table, a moment to escape to another dear shelter, paint, touch up the material, the colours and go home to look at the sea which is always there keeps you company, apparently still, immobile, actually in continuous change. The silent city gives me emotions, joy, excitement.
The writing of a story (from March to May 2020) that takes notes, works in Naples, meets painting in Colle Sannita, returns to Naples to relate to the sea (with our dog Max who accompanies us, opens and closes a fragment of life).
A single large room: the city between Naples and Colle Sannita.
Are there necessary items? After all, there are not so many really needed. Could we give up most of the objects, those that are not necessary and that fill our homes? Why do we tie ourselves to things? Are there emotionally necessary objects for each of us?
An autobiography for interposed objects.
Many design products have survived the moment they were first thought of. They were innovative and became classics. They entered our memory, into our inner landscapes. With a sort of "Madeleine effect" we find the Arch, the Parenthesis, the Eclipse. They remind us of the houses of our life.
A Book by:
01 May 2020
A. Trajectory described by a moving body around another body; the term is mainly used to indicate the trajectory of a body under the action of central force fields.
B. Established path, limits (of action, of competence, of influence, and sim.) Within which it must be contained.
We are redesigning our trajectories. Attracted to each other, attracted to places, from the outside, from dreams, but forced each into its own orbit. We salute at a distance, we observe the segments of reality that we are allowed to reach with our eyes.
Are the light from a window and the moon unattainable in the same way?
As if we were planets, satellites, stars, part of new solar systems, new galaxies, new worlds. We can concentrate energies on our small private planet and let them unleash new strength for tomorrow's universe.
Pictures & Video:
06 May 2020
A Corner by:
23 June 2020
The house as the place of art,
our place at home.
The first thoughts which came up when I thought about a home exhibition in one shot are to show as much as possible. Later I left that idea and was thinking about just one object. That gave new challenges because it needed a choice, and how to show home in one shot together with only one object. This last question made it harder to choose, One object doesn’t represent home.
After experimenting with possible directions, I returned to the first thought which brings me to the theme of Wunderkammer, a warm surrounding with the smell of dust, and at the same time freshly baked bread or apple pie.
The home in my exhibition is represented by musical instruments. There are three objects of art which are the star in this exhibition. It is the bronze sculpture by Ronald van Laar, the amazing interior on the left side by Charlotte Keates and on the wall the coloured towers by Suzanne Schildkamp.
These artworks are surrounded by smaller pieces of art, handicraft and products. Home, water and air are the connecting elements, inside/outside is a deepening of the theme for this Wunderkammer exhibition. The home is the place to feel good, to hear music, to eat and talk with friends and family. Both are endless space, while the home is the spot surrounded by this space
Tempus edax rerum
(Ovidio, Metamorfosi, XV, 234)
Literally translated, it means, the time that devours everything, the inexorable passage of time, regardless of human affairs. Does design resist?
A Video of three fading drawings by:
Alessandro Gorla - Studio Algoritmo
11 June 2020
The installation consists of 72 images representing the interior of a cup of coffee. Each image, taken in Paris from day to day during the two months of confinement, was reproduced in A4 format. The installation implied that I remove from the wall all the objects and paintings that were there. The set measures 167cm. / 267 cm.
A collection of 72 images by:
Jacques Leenhardt -
18 May 2020
We will meet again?
In this age of science, people need our own intimate ritual of superstition to pretend to be superior to the virus, joking about it, talking about it, using the chat mechanism as a narrative thread that alienates every argument precisely because it makes it part of an indistinguishable whole.
A Video by:
Marco Dolera - Experience Designer
16 April 2020
Mixed media, digital collage by:
Raffaella Trocchianesi - Architect
19 June 2020
Scenes of ordinary extraordinariness:
domestic superheroes and other daily eccentricities
There are imaginary characters, superheroes of the “infra-ordinary” world who overwrite their presence within the folds of daily life, who are able to exorcise fears and hidden dangers dictated by a special situation oppressed by apprehension and isolation; there are domestic characters, traces of daily infra-ordinary life that are the background of silent deeds. And so you are projected to another dimension, a visionary world where the scenic device is made of unexpected settings, corners of revealed intimacy, strange characters that peep out from past and future and help free us from excessive surveillance. The home as a representation of a “plural geography” with “variable horizon” barycenters in pandemic time. Moments of extraordinary daily life that “punctuate” your days of small, great astonishments.