Loosely based on a statement by the popular musician David Byrne, “Enjoy Forgetting”, an exhibition entirely devoted to video art, curated by Adriana Rispoli, presents seven video works by a selection of international artists, amongst the most interesting in contemporary practice. Presenting a range of technical and semantic peculiarities, the works find a certain correspondence with each other, through the artists‟ aims to give a sense to history and contemporary events, as part of their research, or even as a consequence of a common reflection upon the awareness of the passing of time.
From consciousness to bitter awareness, and from irony to poetic disillusionment, the seven invited artists generate, each from their own perspectives, strong emotions in the viewer.
The magnificent late-Renaissance halls of Palazzo Ducale, once witness to the splendor of the Cybo Malaspina dynasty, are transformed into „video rooms‟ that accommodate large-format screenings and installations, and invite the viewer to dive in and be immersed by the suspended environments of the works on show.
The exhibition also testifies to the fragmentary nature of the diverse meanings inherent to video art today, from “found footage” to documentary approaches, also encompassing video performance; thus, the medium of the video is analyzed through its semantic form as a fluid and transdisciplinary language: the language of our time par excellence. “Today, a news item without video is not a piece of news”, to quote MASBEDO, the artists who will open the exhibition with a performance. (from the press release)
Enjoy Forgetting, curated by Adriana Rispoli, Palazzo Ducale, Massa, Italy
Filippo Berta; Igor Grubic; Francesco Jodice; Raffaela Mariniello; MASBEDO; Nasan Tur; Eulalia Valldosera
images: (cover 1) Poster cover (2) Francesco Jodice, Atlante, 2015, film 9’, Courtesy Michela Rizzo Venezia. Recordings e Sunset Boulevard esplorano il futuro dell’Occidente. (3) Filippo Berta, Homo Homini Lupus, 2011, 3’, Courtesy l’artista (4) MASBEDO tracce della performance del 18 Marzo