All works exhibited testify how time and memory are more and more an internationally spread out phenomenon in contemporary art. At the same time the show points out that recovering archive documents has interested also the older generation. Beyond any conceptual, stylistic and chronological difference, all works exhibited are based on old photographs found in flee markets, family albums but even on images and sounds of old cult and amateur films.
The artists, as collectors fascinated by worthless objects, have worked on preexisting materials burdened with historical memory in order to rescue those images from widespread amnesia of our occidental mass media society. That’s why they re edit the photographs manually or assemble them in unexpected ways in order to draw past near again, to stimulate our imagination or create new stories being sometimes critical, poetical, ironical or even off guard.
This anachronistic way of working , always looking back has not to be considered a groundless game of personal or collective stories. Past is past, sunk in a remote period of time, it has to be revisited, reconsidered, disarranged to come back to life. Traces of the past have to meet up “what happened” with “nowadays”. In a word all these works, no matter their poetical differences, engage themselves in gathering together “before – throughout – and after” as wished by Duchamp.
At Galleria Milano will be exhibited photographs, videos and installations by:Vincenzo Agnetti, Gianfranco Baruchello, Maggie Cardelús, Martina Della Valle, Rä di Martino, Laurent Fiévet, Meri Gorni, Paolo Inverni, Vladimir Kupriyanov, Lena Liv, Fabio Mauri, Marcelo Moscheta, Davide Mosconi, Daniel Pitín, Catherine Poncin, Kurt Ralske, Moira Ricci, Sylvie Romieu, Eric Rondepierre, Indre Serpytyte, Mirko Smerdel, Aldo Tagliaferro, Dubravka Vidovic, Ciro Vitale, Roger Welch.
Exhibition period: from Friday March 4th, 2010 to Saturday April 9th, 2010
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm