from a project by Ilaria Bussoni
An exhibition can help us reflect on environmental collapse, the depletion of resources, the crisis of Western life forms and its institutions and help to relocate our position as humans towards the planet on which we live in an age that for some has become the geological one of the Anthropocene? The question is rhetorical: art is not new to the denunciation of the crises that the world is going through.
But can an exhibition help us to think of a present and a future in which homo sapiens sapiens is called, as well as to account for the devastation it brings, to relocate itself in relation to other living beings? This is the bet of an exhibition that in living among the ruins sees a paradigm of the present condition to be overturned on one occasion.
Because the ruins among which we live are indeed those of industrial civilizations and looting, of the predation of a capitalism that leaves rubble and waste in its path, but also those among which the hybrid life of plants, animals and humans, stubbornly returns to proliferate indicating the ways of other possible worlds. Because life has always unfolded among the ruins of previous worlds, in a continuous process in which what ends is also what begins. Grasping the ambivalence between a world at the end and a world finally means learning to place oneself on the threshold of continuous transformation, in a becoming in which there will be no previous orders to be restored, missing conditions to be filled, temples to be rebuilt, and we will stop looking to the past as that integrity that the present erodes and to the future as what the present lacks. To question contemporary art and its ability to stay on this threshold, together with the presence of objects coming from worlds in the end, means to go back to attributing to art, among all human techniques, the privileged ability to know how to make a world.
With the works of: Emanuele Becheri, Chiara Bettazzi, Gigi Cifali, Felice Cimatti, Virginia Colwell, Rosetta S. Elkin, Christoph Keller, Fiamma Montezemolo, MP5, Pietro Ruffo, Gian Maria Tosatti, Massimiliano Turco, Franco Zagari.