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GIORGIO ANDREOTTA CALÒ:

we are going on a tour at night

From 28 March to 16 June 2024

MAN - Province of Nuoro Art Museum

MAN - Province of Nuoro Art Museum

Via Sebastiano Satta, 27, Nuoro

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The collective memory of Sardinia, its landscape, together with the social and ecological consequences of extraction processes, are at the center of the work conducted on the island by Giorgio Andreotta Calò: an investigation carried out between 2013 and 2018, which led to the creation of a fundamental corpus in the artist's career. Today, a part of these works finds an ideal location at the MAN museum thanks to the Contemporary Art Plan of the Ministry of Culture, completing and integrating the previous acquisition of Prodotto. In 2019, in fact, the artist donates part of the Productive environmental installation, composed of core samples extracted during the mining campaigns of Carbosulcis.spa, a company that until 2018 was involved in the exploitation of the Sulcis coal basin, an area in the south-west of the island. With a procedure similar to geognostic investigations, Giorgio Andreotta Calò analyzes the stratification and identity of the place by examining its socio-cultural aspects.


A similar semantic root is shared by the works of the in girum imus nocte project, which testify to a common process of research and interaction with the Sardinian territory and its history. The title, taken from the Latin palindrome “in girum imus nocte et consumemur igni” (“we walk around at night and are consumed by fire”), alludes to the symbolic charge of the film installation of the same name which, with the sculptures Pinna Nobilis and Dogod, creates a coherent whole in which the individual elements enhance each other's meanings. The fulcrum of the installation is the film which documents the march carried out by the artist together with a group of miners and fishermen from Sulcis on the night of 4 December 2014 (the day of Barbara, protector of the mining community). The journey becomes a ritual in an eschatological perspective that recognizes the social role of workers, accentuating the value of their presence. The ritual march from the mine to the island of Sant'Antioco, from sunset to dawn, is emphasized by the stick that accompanies the journey, which later became an integral part of the work presented in the exhibition. The use of 16 mm film is, in its fragility, functional to the overall meaning of the story, evoking the alchemical component of transformation of matter that unites all the works on display. The metamorphosis of the skull of a creature halfway between dog (Dog) and divinity (God) is at the center of Dogod, whose constituent elements, coming from the Cirdu pond, in Sant'Antioco, were assembled to then create the lost wax casting in white bronze exhibited here.


The sculpture Pinna Nobilis also refers to Sulcis, produced from the cast of a specimen of the bivalve species of the same name endemic to the Mediterranean, also recovered in Punta Trettu during the making of the film. The works on display, among the most emblematic and representative of the research by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, accompany the visitor in depth: into the depths of the earth, but also into the essence of the artist's method. In this way, landscape and history are assimilated by the works, becoming an essential term.

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