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Opera Viva Barriera di Milano 2018

piazza bottesini, Turin 2018

a project by Alessandro Bulgini
curated by Christian Caliandro

Lucia Veronesi, Laboratorio Saccardi, Irene Pittatore, Virginia Zanetti, Francesca Sandroni, Alessandro Bulgini

The flashback è Opera Viva project was born in 2013, by which artist Alessandro Bulgini stated the event and all the masterpieces presented as Opera Viva/Living Work. In 2014, Opera Viva left the spaces of art to move to the suburbs with the curatorship of Christian Caliandro.

A billboard of 3 per 6 meters in the roundabout of Piazza Bottesini, at the heart of Barriera di Milano, one of the most interesting districts of Turin, rich in history, identity and future; six artists, different from each other for background and style who – though – share an original innovative approach to the artistic practice; six artworks that translate into an adver- tising-like manifesto that denies the language of advertising at the very moment in which it uses it and which transforms the viewers – residents, visitors, motorists, passers-by, curious – into explorers of another dimension, of an area that works according to the rules and values of an unknown world; six artworks – together with all the collected fragments of life – gathered in one exhibition to narrate this window opened to the world and for the world: this is the project.

It is through this six-month project, that flashback connects different areas of the city of Turin and different time zones (the ancient, the modern, the contemporary in its making): in the belief that art should leave the institutional spaces, get off on the street to penetrate inside reality, to constantly move in it, to happily integrate into the dimension of our daily existence.

In the 2018 edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Manifesto has followed the theme of flashback sixth edition in- spired by the sci-fi novel The shores of another sea by the anthropologist writer Chad Oliver. The silver thread is therefore, just like for the fair, ‘diversity’: cultural diversity, identity diversity, diversity of interpretations. Diversity taken, therefore, as an asset and not as an obstacle, as an eye opener and not as a barrier, as a widened horizon and not its closure. Diversity as a raw material.

Alessandro Bulgini “Accesso Libero al Mare”



Alessandro Bulgini

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.