The Summer Show present the research and production of the artists, born between 1982 and 1997, as they reflect on their art, the public space and the most pressing issues of current times. The display will include photographs, videos, installations and multimedia projects.
The first section, entitled In/Drafts/Out features works made by the artists enrolled on the 2019-2021 Master’s in Contemporary Images. Following in the upper rooms is Dopo tutto (After All) bringing together the research of the artists on the 2021/2022 course on Artistic Practices for Contemporary Images. The final show, in partnership with and on display in the Delfini library, is La Fabbrica blu (The Blue Factory), hosting works made by a group of master’s students as part of the site-specific project led by artist and teacher Mario Cresci.
The concept orchestrated by artists Veronica Alessi, Federica Bassi, Roberta Gennaro, Greta Grasso, Paolo Munari Mandelli, Alessio Pecorari, Fabrizio Previti, Fiorenza Triassi and Beatrice Zerbato plays on the meaning of these three words, taken from online messaging terminology, which refer to the act of writing, processing ideas, transformation, change, but also the relationship between inside and outside, going in and going out, meetings, entangled lines and unravelling knots. The structure of messages is a metaphor for exhibition: point of view, adding or taking away words, editing, rereading, deleting, rewriting and finally sending. This whole pathway can be seen as a metaphor for a process of writing and rewriting to finally arrive at an Out. The exhibition is accompanied by an artist’s notebook designed and made by the students with images of their works. The book is for sale in the FMAV bookshop.
Is the end nigh for humankind? Will nature regain its spaces? What measure have human spaces reached? And then, lastly, what has humankind become? These are the questions that artists Giordano Caruso, Marco Marani, Matilde Piazzi, Natsuko Saito and Matteo Schiavoni asked themselves, in a mutual dialogue which did not want or explicitly set out to organize a common discourse. The works on show do not attempt to give possible answers, solutions or alternatives to the questions but show a painful realization which, however, never becomes a risky apocalyptic nihilism: every single work is in fact a warning and at the same time a rhetorical question. Will knowledge call us into action? Or will we remain unmoving as we wait for the after?
LA FABBRICA BLU
During the 2019-2021 Master’s course, Federica Bassi, Roberta Gennaro, Greta Grasso, Paolo MunariMandelliand Alessio Pecorari worked with artist Mario Cresci on a site-specific work inside the former Bugatti factory in Campogalliano in the province of Modena. The School of Advanced Studies has implemented several projects in the Modena area with Cresci, long-term teacher of the Master’s course, alongside the MuseiCivici, GallerieEstensi and Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo, AGO Modena FabbricheCulturali and the Centro Nuoto in Vignola. During the 2019-2021 course, the teacher guided the students in making personal photographic surveys closely connected with place. These have been put together in a special book produced by the students. The exhibition, in partnership with the Delfini library, casts light on the results of this experience.