Preview 28 January 2016, 6:30 pm
The exhibition will be introduced by the philosopher Leonardo Caffo
The starting point for this exhibition is an image that crops up frequently in the artist’s mind: a man surrounded by pigeons as if he were a sort of temporary perch for the birds. Ciceri’s tenacity in looking in reality for an image that up until that moment only she had seen led to her meeting with Almerino, a man who has been living for many years with a flock of birds to which he devotes all his time and his attention. He has built numerous structures and roosts for these creatures and spends entire days with them, carrying out actions that are repeated and turn time into an intense and refined spectacle. The artist, who spent a lot of her own time with Almerino over the course of two years, in different seasons and at different moments of the day, has altered the original conception of her work, without wanting to strain its vision.
The result is a series of photographs, Almerino Vola (‘Almerino Flies’), and a video with the same title, in which Ciceri limited herself to filming and then archiving the footage while respecting the place and its rhythms, until she had established a real relationship with them. This has allowed her to investigate the calling of this creator who accumulates waste materials and assembles them, never with productive or decorative intentions but driven by the need to make places for the life of other living creatures.
The exhibition is completed by a second video, Nenia, and some installations.
During the opening a debate will be held between Emma Ciceri and the philosopher Leonardo Caffo, at the end of which a text will be drawn up that will accompany the public in its reflection on the themes suggested by the works.
Emma Ciceri, born in Bergamo in 1983, lives and works in Bergamo.
Selected exhibitions: 2015 Vivere il tempo della grande guerra, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo; Zipped worlds: Zipped Worlds: Photography in Public Space, Vienna photobook festival, Vienna; Zipped Worlds: Photography in Public Domain, Kult 3000 Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Čekam vas sutra / Vi aspetto domani, Galleria Luka, Istarska 30, Pola, Croatia 2014 Zones, Emma Ciceri in Zagreb, curated by Giuliana Carbi, Institute of Contemporary Art @ Gallery of Academia Moderna, Zagabria, Croatia; Frammenti d’Italia, curated by Francesca Guerisoli, Scafati, Salerno – Palazzo Ducale, Genova; Zipped Worlds, Photography in Public Domain, Photonic Moments 2014, Month of Photography, Kult 3000 Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2013 Madre Di Monumenti, curated by Alessandra Pioselli, CareOf, Milan; Senza titolo, curated by Giuliana Carbi, Zagabria; Madre Di Monumenti, NCTM Studio Legale Associato, Milan; Anatomia – Folle, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan; Un luogo aperto, Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Raffaele De Grata, San Giminiano; Ogni cosa a suo tempo, Palazzo della Misericordia, Bergamo 2012 Zone, CHAN, Genova; Multimeridijan ‘12, Time stood still, curated by Janka Vukmir, Pula, Croatia; Cartabianca_Milan, curated by Francesca Guerisoli, Cecilia Guida, Gabi Scardi, Museo d’arte contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova; Dimore nel numero 2011 Carpe diem, Lisbona, Portogallo; Again and Again, curated by Adrian Paci, Galleria La Veronica, Modica; La Giovine italia, Fotografia Europea, Chiostri di San Pietro, Reggio Emilia 2010 Il raccolto d’autunno continua ad essere abbondante, Careof Viafarini, Milan 2005 Revolution is on hold, curated by Adrian Paci, Isola dell’Arte, Milan.
Leonardo Caffo is a philosopher, researcher at Laboratorio di Ontologia in Università di Torino. Columnist for Corriere della Sera (per La Lettura), he runs the magazine Animot: l’altra filosofia. Among his recent books An Art for the Other (Lantern Books: New York, 2015) and A come Animale: voci per un bestiario dei sentimenti (Bompiani: Milan, 2015).