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Islands Under Threat

Curated by Rosa Anna Musumeci

Lapidárium Národního muzea
Výstaviště 422, Praha 7 (v areálu pražského výstaviště, pavilon 422)
Eco-technical Muzeum (Old Waterworks)
Ekotechnické muzeum, Papírenská 6, Praha 6

The section ISLANDS UNDER THREAT, curated by Rosa Anna Musumeci, brings the works of six Italian artists to Prague – five of them hailing from Sicily and one from Rome. Although the works use different media, including photography, video, objects and meta-objects, they have one theme in common – Time. Five of the artists will exhibit their works in the contextually challenging environment of the National Museum’s Lapidárium, and one in the exceptional industrial space of the Eco-technical Museum in Prague 6 (Prague’s old sewage treatment works built by British architect William Heerlein Lindley at the start of the twentieth century).

Participating Artists:

• Alice Grassi
• Claudia Gambadoro
• Franco Angeloni
• Giuliana Lo Porto
• Loredana Longo
• Rita Casdia

Claudia Gambadoro
Box, 2007
Alice Grassi
Irma, 2007.
Franco Angeloni
Corruptibilis hominis 2, 2007
Giuliana Lo Porto
The Days After, 2007
Loredana Longo
Explosion #16 / The couple
Rita Casdia
Little women growing up, 2006

"Within the Lapidarium’s still context, time, i.e., a first-post sequence, clearly surfaces in all works: Loredana Longo’s act of destroying and re-creating is sequential gesturing in and by itself; Giuliana Lo Porto’s ‘creatures’ (as against ‘creations’) develop through the natural cycle of birth, growth and death; Alice Grassi’s photos and book notes bring us through a trip, a true metaphor of interior time; Rita Casdia proposes a video-movie, by definition a work in motion, with a real narrative structure; and time is embedded even in the most atemporal contribution of Claudia Gambadoro and Franco Angeloni: though space, rather than time, is Box’s main topic, its inside-outside dialectics alludes to what we have and what we lack, to a refuge to be built, or under construction, to something that is becoming anyway; and Angeloni tells the story of a Fall from the myth’s (the Gods’) time, to the Humans’ time, a displacement without change to be sure (since evil is ubiquitous), but nevertheless a displacement unavoidable to talk of ubiquity itself.
On the other hand, it is quite evident that a common theme does not exclude, and instead does impose, the discontinuities, or a distance. Each artist is an island, and to be sure from her island she looks at, and do communicate with, others; but it is in the island that her works is shaped with unique intents and outcomes. Conceptually, Lo Porto’s and Angeloni’s anthropologies are as far away as are the psychologies of Grassi and Gambadoro, Casdia, or Longo. And each single sign, gesture, form, composition, competes for a total, and totally exclusive, perceptive attention. Good enough, islands must be saved."

Rosa Anna Musumeci, excerpt from the Tina B. catalogue text.