THEREFORE WE ARE by Giulia Palombino is the third instalment of the cycle Tempo Imperfetto, curated by Antonello Tolve and Stefania Zuliani. Inspired to a performative criterion taking different shapes according to linguistic modalities of various nature, THEREFORE WE ARE, the new site project Elena Bellantoni has realised for the Museo Archeologico Provinciale di Salerno, is a journey aimed at discovering places and exploring the cultural and historical horizons of the landscape surrounding Salerno.
The work that launches the exhibition is a neon light-writing entitled I Revolt, Therefore We Are, after a phrase Albert Camus coined in his 1951 essay L’homme revolté: this work shows an expressive praxis that represents the artist’s need for sympathetic solidarity, for that moment when «the I opens to the other, finding in her something he thinks it is worth looking after.» In the same vein we can also interpret The Sympathetic Loner, two mirrors facing each other where the shock of being is always also a shock of being-with (Jean-Luc Nancy), a plural singularity, a nos sumus wanting to «forget by heart» the history of the place in order to take care of it.
Set in the Etruscan-Samnite archaeological area of Fratte, The Players is a video which, if on the one hand focuses on the collections of artefacts kept in the Museo Archeologico, on the other features a game between the artist and the art critic, between two minds, and two different ways of thinking.Another key moment of the exhibition is represented by Salt City, a light installation that via a DIA projector casts some meaningful images on a pile of cooking salt, in order to attract the attention on the city of Salerno.
[toggle title=”Elena Bellantoni”]Elena Bellantoni lives and works between Berlin and Rome. He graduated at La Sapienza in Contemporary Art and studied in Paris and London, where in 2007 he received an MA in Visual Art WCA University of the Arts London. In 2007 she creates Platform Translation Group; in 2008 she is co-founder of 91mQ art project space in Berlin. In 2006 she won the prize Temphelhof – Shoneberg Kunstpreis Zum Ball- Spiel in Berlin; 2009 she won the Movin’up of G.A.I. Turin with a project in Santiago the Chile ; 2012 she won the NGBK call with In Other Words realized at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien in Berlin. In 2013 she won the first award at FestArte / Factory Colors of the World at the Macro Pelanda Museum Rome. Residences: 98weeks project space with Francis Alys in Beirut in 2008, Residencia Expacio Versus in Santiago, Chile in 2013; Progetto Isole in Palermo in 2009. In 2014: she participated at African Fabbers with a workshop and an exhibition during the Marrakech Biennale; she is artist in residency at Careof DOCVA in Milan; selected for the Video Art Year Book, Bologna. Among the SOLO shows: my name is elena … Bellantoni [. BOX] video art project space Milano 2013; Hala Yella Presentation Caja Negra exhibition space Santiago de Chile, 2012; Looking for E.B. Gallery Muratcentoventidue, Bari, 2012; Is it Real? 91 mQ Art Project Space, Berlin, 2008; Room1, Tacheles, Berlin 2008; Transparenz at the Weisser Elephant Galerie Berlin 2007; G.i.u.l.i.a, Linux Art Space Rome 2004. Among the GROUP shows: BAC Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Barcelona, Spain CCB Museum, 2009; Europe as a Space of Translation at Translation Biennale PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, 2010; ItAliens at the Italian Embassy in Berlin, 2011; Re-Generation Macro Museum in Rome 2012; Regeln für die Revolution, Fatzer Brecht Kurzfilmkino Volksbühne Berlin and the Cinema Massimo in Turin 2012; Ikono Video Festival: Collegium Hungaricum Berlin 2013; Archive tellers, at the MAXXI B.A.S.E. Rome, 2013; Visions at Art Gallery A + A Venice, 2013; C’è una piccola radice che, se la masticate, vi spuntano le ali immediatamente MAC Museum Lissone, 2013; Exodus, MUMI Museo de las Migraciones Montevideo, Uruguay, 2013; ReAction video installations, Candles Factory of Forlì, Forlì, 2014; Spazi di percezione tra intangibile e tangibile, National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome GNAM, 2014. MAAM (Museum dell’Altro e dell’Altrove) Home Theatre video screening, Roma.[/toggle]
THEREFORE WE ARE by Giulia Palombino, curated by Antonello Tolve and Stefania Zuliani, Museo Archeologico Provinciale di Salerno. Opening: Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 5.30 pm. July 12 to September 6, 2014 (daily, except Mondays, from 9am to 7.30 pm). The project was realised by Fondazione Filiberto Menna—Centro Studi d’Arte Contemporanea, in collaboration with the Provincia of Salerno and the Comune of Salerno, founding members of the Fondazione.
Images (all)Elena Bellantoni, I giocatori, 2014, frame, third project of the cicle Tempo Imperfetto realised by Fondazione Filiberto Menna (Salerno) at Museo Archeologico Provinciale di Salerno, curated by Antonello Tolve and StefaniaZuliani, courtesy of the artist.