Alessandro Bulgini “Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che?”

23 October 2020



Alessandro Bulgini
Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che?

Opening…live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)
Friday 30 October…hrs. 18:30

26 October – 22 November 2020
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

On 30 October at hrs. 18:30 live on Facebook – @flashbackfair from Piazza Bottesini, there will be the opening of Opera Viva, 13 verticale: Che?, i.e. the work by Alessandro Bulgini, the deviser of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project curated by a Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback.

The theme selected this year by Flashback is Ludens, inspired to Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations and to the work of Johan Huizinga: therefore, the game meant as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world.

Alessandro Bulgini’s poster summarizes somehow the tale composed by the other artists and transfers it onto another plan. An old man completing crosswords, lazily sitting on a deckchair, in a pinewood close to Livorno last summer. The framing of the image deprives him of his head: it beheads him.  On the leg, he shows a tattoo with Ernesto Che Guevara. The title of the work – 13 verticale: Che? –  is intentionally ambiguous, ambivalent: the fights of the past, the dream of revolution, the visage of Che as a symbol of rebellion, are nowadays dimensions relegated to the memory, as if they were blended together in the after-history. Thus, the current condition is not much the one of surrender but – rather – of rest, of the end of all the battles, which are fading – perhaps definitely – into oblivion. 
In this case, the reference is to the famous Man Without Head photograph (1993) by Joel Peter Witkin, an image the author used to consider one of the saddest ones he had ever composed: a man who is still wearing his socks (a symbol of everyday and normality) is sitting without his head, i.e. deprived of his identity. Also, and manly for this, the photographer intends to honor Man and the unsustainability his condition represents. 
The old man with his beer guts, who is devoting to crosswords on the deckchair, is the symbol of a warrior spirit which has nowadays fully slumbered, in a present where the prevailing dimension is – in the end – perhaps not the one of failure, but the one of a serene, soothing despair, which is noble, in spite of everything. 

A lucid and though critical analysis on the condition of contemporary man, always in imbalance between action and inertia, between simulation and reality, between revolution and preservation. 

Alessandro Bulgini was born in Taranto in 1962; he lives and works in Turin. After his degree in theater scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, he lived in various Italian towns: Rome, Milan, Livorno, Venice, Genoa, and Taranto, to which he owes the absolute independence and individuality of his work. Difficult to be assimilated and framed into any artistic current, Alessandro Bulgini utilizes a wide spectrum of means to narrate and act with and on laterality, diversity, physical and cultural suburbs. Painting, photographer, video, performances and new media are all means to talk about the invisible and show how much the oblique look may show other, different and viable pathways. Several one-man and collective shows, both in Italy and abroad with the cycles of works: “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” starting from 1993 and “Hairetikos” since 2001, amongst which we remind Fondazione Volume!, Rome – Centre International d’accueil et d’echanges des Recollets, Paris, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris, New York – Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome – Castello di Rivara, Rivara – Sound Art Museum, Zerynthia, Rome – CIAC, Castello Colonna, Genazzano – Castello Sforzesco, Milan – Castello Cavour, Santena – Cordy House, London – Fondazione 107, Turin – La Triennale, Milan – Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida – Loft Project Etagi, Saint Petersburg , Russia – Museo Ettore Fico, Turin – HVCCA, Peekskill, NY- Biennale Democrazia, Turin. In 2008, the painting work Hairetikos makes a further displacement with the addition of the Opera Viva cycle, by which he has also joint Facebook, since his inscription on 15 November 2008, Opera Viva, which is still in progress, is a social work that resorts to the active contribution of all its participants: a work through which the artist develops innovative modalities of artistic use of both the network and the territory. Hence, the inauguration of the B.A.R.L.U.I.G.I. project (Opera Viva) from a bar in the suburbs, it states the simple rules to turn existent spaces (such as bars, butcheries, private houses or full villages) into creative welcoming spaces without any filters, free of charge and no profit, such spaces are connected to one another through individual Facebook pages, under of the same banner of the b.a.r.l.u.i.g.i. Logo. 19 of them have been developed the world over. After the closure of the b.a.r.l.u.i.g.i. basis, he deployed his activities even further to the territories, with the intention of contributing to let them be known better. Starting from his own neighborhood, Barriera di Milano in Turin, whose sidewalks he starts to “decorate” with the chalks (Decoro Urbano in Barriera di Milano 2014, 2015) and not only (Opera Viva, Tatuaggio per Barriera, 2018), (Opera Viva, Orto Urbano in Barriera di Milano, 2018), (Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, Affissione, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) etc. Then, Opera Viva activates eclectically for the towns for the towns of Taranto (Taranto Opera Viva), Cosenza (Cosenza Opera Viva), (Opera Viva, The Legends of Peekskill, NY. A shot for a wish) Peekskill – New York, USA, Livorno and then again for the Building of Via Cuneo 5 bis (Turin, headquarter Aurora) with the Arte In-Stabile project, for the hospital of S. Anna in Turin, for the town of Imlil in Morocco, for the Jungle refugee camp of  Calais (Opera viva, the Jungle), for the grammar and primary schools (Opera Viva, Scuola di Volo) and for all those territories that need and will need it, developing an innovative methodology that boasts elements of both public and relational art. A commitment towards the collectivity, which needs to be involved and represented, in the belief that art must enter the everyday life to re-generate and be actually “alive”.

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020 
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
6° Artist: Alessandro Bulgini, Opera Viva – 13 verticale. Che? (2020) 
From 26 October to 22 November 2020

With the contribution of Città di Torino, CCIAA of Turin and Fondazione CRT
Under the patronage of Circoscrizione 6

Flashback, all art is contemporary 
LUDENS…Extended Edition 
3/8 November 2020… spread venues!
11/3/2020 – 7/3/2021…online!

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