Curated by Pietro Gaglianò
June 9 – August 13, 2016
Eduardo Secci Gallery, Florence – Italy
Don’t miss the exhibition, La Forma della Città, curated by SACI instructor, Pietro Gaglianò (Installation & Performance Art, MFA Graduate Seminar: Professional Practicum) at the Eduardo Secci Gallery in Florence. The exhibition features 7 young italian artists: Elena El Asmar, Andrea Galvani, Michele Guido, Margherita Moscardini, Marco Neri, Luca Pancrazzi, and Giuseppe Stampone.
La Forma della Città proposes a series of locations portraying the relationship between the contemporary artist and the urban space, which is investigated as a place where social tensions, cultural transformations, and a sense of history itself are developed.
The seven artists involved have been called to confront themselves with the ambivalent value of the city in the tradition of a European framework: the shape produced through foundation or stratification over the centuries and its dilution in the uncontrolled expansion of the 1900s, with the dissipation of that continuity between space and citizens, which for centuries has ensured the bond linking community and generation of culture. Read more…
Open: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 13:30 / 14:30 – 19:00
Pietro is busy with many projects, as usual. He also just released a previously unprinted text he wrote a dozen years ago. The text is being presented in “the smallest gallery in the world” (or at least in Siena) were it exists in an incased presentation space within a medieval wall in the center of the city on Vicolo del Coltellinaio in Siena. The “space,” called C_AVEAU is a project of artist Serena Fineschi.
“The piece for Caveau, of which the original version I made some edits in pencil, is a kind of interlude to everyday life between the protagonist and the woman he loves, without understanding it and without being fully understood,” comments Gaglianò.
And this is in addition to Pietro’s recently published book, Memento, L’ossessione del visibile / The Obsession with the Visible (228 pages, English/Italian, Postmedia Books, 2016). The book is in Italian and English and is a reflection on the criticality of the collective memory that is shaped in public space as a sign of hegemonic control or of an act of resistance, or of the mythopoeic capacity of community. Memento explores the aesthetic of European totalitarianisms, and analyzes several examples of international art from the past thirty years, concluding with a focused look at recent experimentation by Italian artists. Conversations with Jochen Gerz and Thomas Hirschhorn complete the book.