Maybe we are the waves
Case Sparse | Tra l’Etere e la Terra
04 September 2015
18:00 - 22:00 @ GlogauAIR
Monica Carrera // Francesca Damiano // Youki Hirakawa // Stefano Serretta
with a video documentation by Fatima Bianchi
Four visual authors, four environmental works, fifteen days of residency, the river.
Maybe we are the waves is a group exhibition that is both evidence and amplification of the 3rd edition of Case Sparse | Tra l’Etere e la Terra, an artistic residency born in 2012 in the village of Malonno in Valle Camonica, Italy.
Monica Carrera, Francesca Damiano, Youki Hirakawa and Stefano Serretta, during the period of perma- nence in Malonno in July 2015, have produced four permanent site-specific artworks - Fa ruggine, Fermofiu- me, A tree and two stumps - Chestnut, Underground - along the Oglio river. Each installation is the result of a deep observation of nature and culture of the place. In occasion of the exhibition at GlogauAIR, by invitation of the curator Saul Marcadent, the artists conceived four new artworks on paper closely related to the works in Malonno.
The core of the exhibition is a precious publication printed in a single copy that includes a collection of ima- ges and four long conversations between the artists and the curator developed during the fifteen days of resi- dency. Each conversation is an intimate tool to discover researches, practices, desires and visions of the four artists. After the show in Berlin the publication will be presented and shown for short periods in bookshops and art spaces around Europe.
Close to the four artworks and publication the exhibition includes the video portraits of Monica Carrera, Francesca Damiano, Youki Hirakawa and Stefano Serretta by Fatima Bianchi, filmmaker and visual artist, and a video documentation of the workshop made by the collective of musicians and sound artists Tilde (Attila Faravelli, Enrico Malatesta, Nicola Ratti) during the 3rd edition of Case Sparse | Tra l’Etere e la Terra.
Intimate and passionate, Monica Carrera’s work operates on a private and public double track, through installations, videos and performing arts. Fa ruggine considers the subject of migration, starting from the late1800s, from Valle Camonica to faraway lands, geographically and mentally. The artist imagines a dream by a tree enclosed in a boat and waiting to leave, and anchored to the ground. The collage produced for the exhibition is a kind of extention of the site-specific work. Starting from some images of emigrants from Malonno, she cuts and isolated the characters from the place where the picture was taken and she replaced them, painting exotic backdrops.
The artistic research of Francesca Damiano, often connected to natural themes, especially human nature, translates into installations made with simple material and marked by a narrative dimension. Fermofiume is a long table in larch wood, faithfully reproducing the shape of the river Oglio, blocking its flow. Placed in the shade of trees, it’s an invitation to take a break. The installation produced for Maybe we are the waves consists of three parts - a graphite frottage, a stop-motion video and a photograph - and reveals an ongoing process of the work installed in Malonno. At the same time it is a device that involves the observer and the audience.
Youki Hirakawa’s work takes place in the intersections of different media such as installation, film and photography. Some of his research and artistic production investigate the boundary between visible and invisible and the intimate connection between humans and nature. His works give life to universes without precise time coordinates, where it is nearly impossible to place any event. In A tree and two stumps - Chestnut two parts of the same chestnut tree are buried a few centimetres apart. One is the continuation of the other as can be understood by observing the bases, their configuration and the rings in the wood. A stump, ideally, continues to live underground, taking root, while the other grows and develops through the branches. The small collage of lithographs produced for the exhibition is open to many interpretations and readings as all the works of the artist.
Stefano Serretta’s work is often a reinterpretation of portions of history and places through various formats - installation, video, writing, action. Underground is a work that investigates the relationship between surface and underground through a portal directed, metaphorically speaking, underground. During his first visit in Malonno the artist met a geologist, an expert of the area, and was informed about the hydroelectric network that manages the river flow, modifying its rate and utilising the water for energy production. At the same time he examined the question of aquifer pollution, caused by years of illegal disposal of dangerous waste. The three photos shown in Maybe we are the waves are part of the research and exploration conducted by the artist during the residency.