Ninì Sgambati/Paolo Puddu. Said between the lines is the second appointment of the Materia di Studios project, with which LET_Laboratorio di Explorazioni Transdisciplinari initiates an intergenerational comparison and dialogue between pairs of artists, played on the terrain of the archive understood as living matter plastically connected to research and artistic practice .
On this occasion, Ninì Sgambati (Marigliano, Naples, 1945) and Paolo Puddu (Naples, 1986) reinterpreted the very definition of the archive, here understood as a context of interaction between contrasting forces perpetually ongoing in the processes of transmission of knowledge and of thought. Starting from divergent positions, as if facing each other from one side of a limited area to the other - a playing field but also a combat zone, a ring, a tatami, a dohyō - the two artists have woven a dialectical relationship, developed through the imagery of clash and struggle.
Thus, acting by subtraction and synthesis, they arrived at the formalization of two opposing and complementary "movements", both archaic, referring to founding cosmogonies and mythologies, and dynamic in the methodologies of ordering, understanding and describing the world still in existence: the pushing and the pulling. A place already predisposed to the function of an archive, the museum is configured, therefore, as a favorable space for the application / suggestion / expression / narration of those forces already in expansion and contraction, vital and universal energies to be detected and controlled, to be traced back to image and form.
In the three rooms of the Madre museum, as many works are presented, conceived for this project, which constitute minimal writing in close connection, like the three parts of a sentence, of a logical structure and meaning.