Flashback is the project dedicated to art, conceived as an open artwork,
born in 2013 with the aim of building an atlas of visual culture
able to link culture and market into one equation, without constraints of space and time.
Flashback is a tale that develops through several chapters, one for each edition, and each of them is required for a correct interpretation of the story. Every year, a new title, a new image entrusted to a different visual artist, a new color, an unprecedented setup, and unusual graphic setting and new contents: all elements that are required to be led to that elsewhere where “all art is contemporary”.
Flashback is coming into the play with a new dazzling chapter, Ludens, the eight one, which take its moves from chess and – in particular – from an interplanetary game, the one Roger Zelazny sets on stage in his humorous sci-fi novel Unicorn Variations. Chapter number eight (eight as the cases on each side of the chessboard) is interested in the ludic dimension of Man, it celebrates playing as sacred action and inspiration for art throughout time, from Nefertari’s Mortuary Chapel to conceptual art, passing by Dadaism and Surrealism.
The Ludens are those individuals who are fully conscious they can influence the world, remold it through creativity and free play. This is what Daniele Caluri, vernacular author of Il Vernacoliere, debunking draughtsman of Don Zauker and Dylan Dog, shows in the strong color the cover of a new Flashback, putting us in front of a nameless character, who seems to have just emerged from an hallucinated dream to question, provoke, perhaps even mock us. Neither a man nor woman, neither young nor old, the message of this grinning ambiguous creature is not only a balloon, but a sarcastic laughter, a cheeky reassurance, a query without question mark: WE ARE NOT ALONE. This shout remains suspended and propagates throughout a sky painted in lime, a pungent, hybrid color – another leitmotiv of this edition -, which illuminates and disconcerts at the same time.
800 / 900 Artstudio, Livorno, Lucca (I)…Aleandri Arte Moderna, Rome (I)…Paolo Antonacci, Rome (I)…Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art, Rome (I)…Arcuti Fine Art, Rome, Turin (I)…Galleria Arte Cesaro, Padua (I)…Galleria Umberto Benappi, Turin (I)…Biasutti & Biasutti, Turin (I)…Bottegantica, Milan, Bologna (I)…Callisto Fine Arts, London (UK)…Galleria Luigi Caretto, Turin (I), Madrid (E)…Caretto & Occhinegro, Turin (I)…Mirco Cattai Fine Art & Antique Rugs, Milan (I)…Cecchetto e Prior Alto Antiquariato, Asolo TV, Castelfranco Veneto TV (I)…Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting, Milan (I)…Copetti Antiquari, Udine (I)…Galleria Del Ponte, Turin (I)…Galleria dello Scudo, Verona (I)…Alessandra Di Castro Antichità, Rome (I)…Flavio Gianassi – FG Fine Art, London (UK)…Galleria Giamblanco, Turin (I)…Gilistra Japanese Art, Turin (I)…Il Castello, Milan (I)…ML Fine Art – Matteo Lampertico, Milan (I), London (UK)…Longari Arte Milano, Milan (I)…Mazzoleni, London (UK), Turin (I)…MB Arte Libri, Milan (I)…Il Mercante delle Venezie, Vicenza (I)…Lorenzo e Paola Monticone Gioielli d’epoca, Turin (I)…Maurizio Nobile, Bologna (I), Paris (F)…Piacenti, London (UK)…Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Dogana (RSM)…Flavio Pozzallo, Oulx TO (I)…Galleria d’Arte Roccatre, Turin (I)…Galleria Russo, Rome (I)…Schreiber Collezioni, Turin (I)…Secol-Art di Masoero, Turin (I)…Studio d’Arte Campaiola, Rome (I)…Tornabuoni Arte, Florence, Milan, Forte dei Marmi LU (I), Paris (F), London (UK)…Galleria Carlo Virgilio & C., Rome (I), London (UK)…White Lands, Turin (I).
Flashback finds its peak and synthesis during the lively Torino Art Week but it is project which develops continuously throughout the year with Flashback day-by-day: from the Flashback is Opera Viva special project to the pedagogic workshops, from sound to storytelling, from the talks to the ‘all contemporary’ art classes, in an unprecedented journey dedicated to art without any space-time limit.
MV: Don’t you believe that contemporary art, founded on the principle of subjectivity, is radically different from ancient one?
GDD: Art is actually all contemporary. Otherwise it would be like if you see a 1920 car arriving and you decide to cross the road safely, thinking you won’t be invested because that car is from another era. But this is not true. For artworks is the same. They are always ‘alive’.
MV: So according to you there is no difference between a Madonna by Brunelleschi and a portrait by Picabia?
GDD: There is a difference. But they are both contemporary. The work of art is a living thing.
Marina Valensise Interviews Gino De Dominicis – Il Foglio, March 20th 1997