The setting consists of a striped rectangular market tent with 300 hand mirrors in colorful plastic hanging by threads at different heights. A light wind moves these hand mirrors that reflect and fragment the surrounding architecture and the visitors. At every angle of the tent there is a big second-hand car (four cars in all). Its engine is switched off but its headlamps are on so the hand mirrors can reflect the light around like a disco ball creating the typical fun-fair atmosphere. The installation assumes a nomadic and precarious character as it changes in relation to the surrounding space catalyzing random events. This happening draws on cinematic elements, in particular on the dreamlike imagery of Federico Fellini deprived of nostalgia and contaminated with contemporary real facts. It all generates a collective experience that combines Greek and Italian aspects, reinterpreting some references to my previous works in the light of this lively encounter. There is also a dj set of Greek music in order to create a party soundtrack that keeps together all the involved presences through various emotional temperatures. In this way the festive atmosphere recalls the “improvised carnival” of the writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli. Things happen ritually according to a rhythm of varying repetition so that something can really exist only if it gets obsessively repeated as in Thomas Bernhardt’s writings.
b. 1966, Codogno, Lodi, Italy
Lives and works in Milan. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. His work looks to the contemporary reality with an unconventional view, moved by empathy, humor, and irony. His performances and installations involve the urban landscape in unpredictable ways, reactivating everyday situations and behaviors, mixing personal memories and collective imaginary. Among recent exhibitions: vice versa, 55th Venice Biennial, Italian Pavilion (2013) • Blitz, MACRO Museum, Rome (2012) • Situation(s) [48°47 34 N / 2°23 14 E], [Mac/Val] Musée d’ Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry, Paris (2012) • Copenhagen Art Festival (2012) • Demonstrationen. Vom Werden normativer Ordungen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2012) • Nuit Blanche, Arènes de Montmartre, Paris (2011) • Dogodek / The Event, 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2011) • Die Schmetterlinge essen die Bananen, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2010) • Performa 09, New York (2009).