closed Antonio Rovaldi

Curated by: Lorenzo Giusti e Steven Handel

The show

The artist Antonio Rovaldi brings the End. Words from the Margins, New York City project to Bergamo, presented last November at Harvard University.

The exhibition The sound of the woodpecker's beak, hosted from 13 February to 17 May 2020 in the spaces of the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, represents the second chapter of the End project. Words from the Margins, New York City, promoted by GAMeC in partnership with the Harvard University (Graduate School of Design), the Kunstmuseum of St. Gallen and Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring (NY), with which the artist won the fifth edition of the Italian Council, the program for promoting contemporary art in the world of the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity and Urban Regeneration of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

Curated by Lorenzo Giusti, Director of GAMeC, together with Steven Handel, Visiting Professor of Ecology at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and Francesca Benedetto, Design Critic, the exhibition - as well as the entire project - is a praise of the journey, of the the physical crossing of the most marginal spaces, and is based on the idea that precisely from these borders - not only geographic, but also political and anthropological ones - a conscious rebirth of society can develop.

The project presents the most iconic metropolis in the world from the point of view of its suburbs and the extreme edges of its five boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Staten Island -, along which Rovaldi has walked, and returns the experience of the artist in a photographic series capable of representing its complexity.

In his research, Rovaldi addressed issues such as green in the suburbs in relation to urban expansion, urban debris, the link between photography and literary production, and still photography as a visual novel that is built around the city. From this experience, a series of images was born that could present a peripheral and less known New York, with its vast lagoons near the ocean, motorway junctions and uncultivated and not easily accessible areas.

In addition to the fifty black and white photographs in analogue print that will occupy the walls of the exhibition space, the exhibition will present some geographic maps created by the landscape architect Francesca Benedetto which show the urban, geographical and meteorological transformations of the city, alongside a sound installation and two bronze sculptures created specifically for the exhibition.

Five Walks. NYC, 2017-2020 was born from the collaboration between the artist and the sound designer Tommaso Zerbini and offers, through a constant flow of voices and sounds, the image of an elastic geography in which the borders expand step by step, stop after stop , with the slow and reflective rhythm of a long walk.

The first of the bronze sculptures represents the copy of a horseshoe crab, a Pleistocene, armored and primordial creature, beached along the American East Coast and in particular around New York, with which the artist intends to remind us that city ​​edges have ancient forms and stratified geological times. The second is a debris from a keyboard found along a Staten Island beach which, positioned vertically on a base like a small monolith, could recall an ancient and future divinity at the same time, a devotional object coming from a city submerged in gray waters ocean.

Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Via San Tomaso, 53
24121 Bergamo


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