OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2018
ACCESSO LIBERO AL MARE (2018)
Opening 17 october 18,30
Piazza Bottesini, Turin
The sixth poster concludes the 2018 edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandroand dedicated – as its sponsor Flashback – to the theme of diversity and cultural, social mixité.
“Bulgini’s image frames a urban corner of Barriera di Milano, and a series of ruined closet doors against a brick wall: on three of these we find a timeless marine scene, with sailing ships, waves and sailors gathered on the shore, telling stories. Cutting the poster in half, a red ribbon (placed on the line of “opera viva” that characterizes the artis’s research, and is the title of the entire project) shows the “free access to the sea” as a fundamental and inalienable right. Why pointing it out here, in Barriera di Milano in Turin, a place both physically and spiritually far from the sea and the Italian seas? Here lies the diversity that has been the silver thread running through all of the artworks and posters that have been part of the project. The sea and the free access to it become an extreme possibility, an ability to reverse the point of view and recreate a reality where only potential and imagination matter: which is the real meaning of art, of every time. This is how a closet door, a simple closet door can in an instant become an open window on another world, on another dimension” C. Caliandro
Bulgini gives us a door to the sea, a free sea, a gateaway to another world. The Opera viva (the waterline), the red ribbon is the demarcation, the border that separates us from what lives in another place, another time. The path towards freedom implicates overcoming the barrier to gain access to the sea.
“L’opera” is alive and is therefore, in its least accessible part, a part that has to be willingly inspected by looking beyond the horizon. The “opera” (the work) and life live there, on the shores of another sea, where sailors live and stories fade, where time and differences are suspended but the access to the sea feels like freedom.