Curated by: Vincenzo De Bellis
Peter Wächtler's solo exhibition is the second commission that the Antonio Dalle Nogare Foundation entrusts to an emerging artist and which occupies the entire ground floor of the spaces in via Rafenstein.
Invited to think of a site-specific project for the spaces and the context of both the city and the region, Wächtler returned to visit several times during the year and analyzed physical and production sites that inspired him in the creation of a project composed of sculptural, photographic, pictorial and video works.
The result is a complex exhibition in which the artist highlights some characteristic aspects of his practice: the interest in traditional and artisanal artistic techniques; the need for narrative construction similar to that of a short story (Wächtler is also a writer) and the ability to move freely between different means of expression.
All these means become stages of a story in which the personal mixes with the impersonal, the subjective with the objective, the real with the surreal or the unreal.
Peter Wächtler works in a variety of media: bronze and ceramics, texts, drawings and videos. But it is actually the story itself that constitutes his favorite material. His works often evoke a narrative that sees human or animal figures in particular states of animation. These use and adapt elements of fiction, folklore and popular culture, relating to both specific traditions and common fables, and concretize the different ways in which a story can be told, as much as the story itself.
Wächtler (born 1979 in Hannover, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. His works have been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Kunsthall in Bergen, the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin, the MUKHA in Antwerp, the Chisenhale Gallery in London and the Reinassaince Society in Chicago, among others.