The works presented offer an unexpected point of view on our society, its fears and desires, always carefully considering the perspective of the viewer.
An endless night in which moments are forced to repeat cyclically over time become palpable in the works of ALI KAZMA. In his video ‘Play’ the audience is taken into a haunted world where the borders between the past and the present, the original and remake, real and representation are skilfully blurred: a world of ghosts that evokes contemplation on memory, loss and death in a never-ending replica of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ emphasised by the performance by the Wooster Group.
The relationship between man and nature investigated by INGE MEIJER lives on fragility and intuition: the ability of the artist to unveil different levels of thought and contradictions through the representation of a relationship or an apparently simple natural event obliges the viewers to re-contextualise their point of view. In her work ‘If You Go Down the Woods Today’ a sequence capturing the daily exercise of a retired show animal and its owner reshapes into metaphors of compassion and supremacy, revealing the complexity of captivity.
Ideas and paths of thinking that accentuate questions about the role of images in current and historical events, engaging on visibility and representation are evident in BELIT SAG and PIERFRANCESCO GAVA‘s works. Pierfrancesco Gava’s ‘Mare Nostrum’ was developed during a collaborative research with the refugees’ collective We Are Here and it’s composed of footage found on YouTube: the work deals with several aspects and consequences of migration from Africa to Italy for both the refugees and the hosting country. The work also draws attention to the context of the footage’s initial publication and circulation, largely driven by the media, which decide what to and what not to show in an effort to sway public opinion.
Belit Sag’s ‘And the Image gazes back’ is an attempt to talk about our relation to images and vice versa in a loose, associative manner: the events mentioned in the film and their representations resonate in our own memories from media while the visible and the unseen, audible and mute, imaginable and unimaginable becomes tangible.
Each video will be on show for 2 weeks in WOW’s Green Gallery.
Screening schedule: tba
21th of January - 17th of March 2016
17th of December 2015
Meyhane / artist talk
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Exhibited work: http://www.pierfrancescogava.com/A.H.-AH/AH%20-%20AH%201.html
Opening 19th of April - San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy
THE ONGOING CONVERSATION #2.2
PIERFRANCESCO GAVA: IN PRINCIPIO ERAT VERBUM
17 FEB 2015
In conversation with Aernout Mik
The second presentation of The Ongoing Conversation will take place on Tuesday 17 February when PierFrancesco Gava will have his solo exhibition In Principio Erat Verbum.
How are words transformed into power and how do they gain authority? What happens when images contradict sound or voice? What difference does it make to the political message that the person speaking the words is not the person mouthing the words on screen?
Gava’s videos at 1646 explore the performativity of the political and religious speech through the disembodiment of the voice and question the value of the spoken word in relation to its performer.
The show also includes a video conversation with the Duch artist Aernout Mik, who kindly collaborated with the artist on this project.
The Ongoing Conversation II offers a series of fast-paced one-day exhibitions conceived as a platform to show and share the interest of ongoing artistic research.
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