DELLE AGOSTINIANE - MONTE CARASSO
saturday september 10 at 6:00 p.m
11 september - 9 october 2005
Glorified, twisted, perfected and marketed, the human body has
nowadays become a flexible and a malleable horizon. Considered
for centuries and in various cultures as the simple biological
shell capable of hosting living identities, the body can be
optimized or corrupted. Although the present philosophical and
scientific evolution, it will remain, in the collective
imaginary, as the perishable element of the pair, soul and body.
From the anatomical studies performed in the Renaissance to the
heroic deformations of the mannerism and the baroque up to the
radical performance of the seventies, the artists have known how
to explore the body beyond taboos and preconceptions.
Nowadays the advertising production and the Hollywood cinema
praise the body without the obligation to return it the honour
multiplying, at the same time, the references according to the
trade rules. In this maze of portrayals Involucro explores three
horizons of performance of the body trough the art works of two
Swiss artists and a French one.
Fabrizio Giannini (Lugano, 1964) known for his works on
the logotypes of some important commercial companies,
logotypes that he has recomposed by making use of the critical
texts against the companies themselves, more recently is
interested in the hackers phenomenon and computer viruses.
Through his pictures, he compares two distinct realities: the
reality of the poor countries where viruses and wars act
pitilessly on the human body and the western reality where
computer viruses and the war among rival hackers seem to be
rather the whims of a privileged class, which however hold the
power to affect the economical and social destiny of the world.
Julia Kälin (Aarau, 1977) with her videos and oozing
installations presents an exploded and tortured body in constant
strength relation with the nature, the food, the town and the
others. A real permeable membrane, the body described by Kälin
acts as a filter between the interior and the exterior, the
individual and the world. The artist builds her works
predominantly with organic perishable substance to evoke the
roughness and temporariness of a body on which the spectator can
show his or her own personal experiences.
On the contrary, the body invented by Jean-Luc Verna
(Nice, 1966) is more eclectic and dreamy. It introduces
ourselves in a universe in constant opposition to the
conventional models. Inspired at the same time by Ingres,
Marguerite Duras and Siouxsie and the Banshees, Verna connects
in an elegant way the traditional and the underground culture,
the popular and the elitist ones. His drawings, highlighted with
powder and other cosmetic products, are liven up by hybrid
creatures, icons and vanity which reveal our drives, our fear
and our dreams.
immagine : Jean-Luc Verna, "Mr
Eggman", 2003 (courtesy Air de Paris)