Open call jury: Fabrizio Bellomo (artist) > Alessandro Bulgini (artist) > Christian Caliandro (art historian and curatore) > Francesco Nucci (founder and president of fondazione Volume!, Rome) > Giangavino Pazzola (independent curator and associate curator at Camera, Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin) > Stefania Poddighe (Director of Flashback) > Ginevra Pucci (Director of Flashback) > Marco Rubiola (author, writer and director of advertising campaigns)
Special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “The Billboard” is the urban art project devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, a space for the 6x3m billboards in Turin, in Piazza Bottesini (Barriera di Milano, a multi-ethnic neighborhood in Turin), which is interpreted by the artists six moths a year and – from 31 October to 3 November in Pala Alpitour, an exhibition that takes the suburbs to the center, gathering the six posters developed throughout the six months.
The project was born in the belief that art must leave the institutional spaces, take to the streets, go deep into the reality, move constantly in it, happily integrate itself into the dimension of everyday life and that our towns are first of all existence, human relationships, rather than merely material infrastructures. A project which was born to connect in depth different time zones: the ancient, the modern and the contemporary in its becoming.
The Opera Viva Barriera di Milano exhibition, in Pala Alpitour from 31 October to 3 November, gathers into only one appointment the five 6x3m posters that accompanied the life of Barriera di Milano passersby. A brief intensive opportunity, where the one amplifies and multiplies, narrating once again this window open on the world and for the world.
The fil rouge of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano 2019 is – as the whole fair – inspired to the book of the Strugackij brothers The Time Wanderers, under the banner of “strolling”, exploring different cultural tissues, knowledge, traditions and drives through art and its application to everyday’s life
Alessandro Bulgini Opera Viva – Guardiani. Sculture solari per naufrago
Vernissage 17 October h 18.30
Piazza Bottesini, Turin, Italy
On 17 October, there will be the vernissage of the fifth billboard of the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano 2019 project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback (Pala Alpitour, 31 October > 3 November), that – this year – is inspired to the theme selected by the fair, i.e. The Wanderers.
The poster is by Alessandro Bulgini (Taranto, 1962) and is titled Opera Viva – Guardiani.
The protagonists of his most recent series are simple plastic bottles decorated by primordial tribal figures, which take life on the beach, thanks to the sunlight, and that Alessandro Bulgini defines “solar sculptures for castaway”.
Who is, then, the castaway mentioned in the subtitle of the work?
The artist, who is – first of all a “wanderer” by excellence in the present and in all the other times and who – like Giorgio de Chirico – moves across the era and assembles fragments and territories that are apparently incongruous. “In a canvas of his, the objects have not given each other an appointment”, Jean Cocteau wrote in 1928. The bottles animated by those shamanic or domestic presences are chips of the present that crashed in some sort of merry post-apocalypse: it is as if Chuck Noland, the protagonist of Cast Away (Robert Zemeckis 2000) interpreted by Tom Hanks, had decided to build – instead of the ball-friend Wilson – a whole crowd of protective spirits – some sort of, after all quite amicable, household gods – who watch the contemporary shipwrecking of this hobo.
Or, rater, we are the castaways, who have the opportunity to rely on these family deities, within everybody’s reach, in our personal and collective “cheerfulness of castaways”.
Thus, this work represents the ideal landing of the pathway traced by this edition’s posters of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, under the banner of “the wanderers”.
OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro Promoted by Flashback, all art is contemporary V artist: Alessandro Bulgini, vernissage 17 October h 18.30 17 October > 11 November 2019
Under the patronage of CITTÀ DI TORINO
On 26 September, there will be the opening of the fourth billboard of the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano 2019 project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by Flashback (Pala Alpitour, 31 October to 3 November), that – this year – is inspired to the theme selected by the fair, i.e. The Wanderers.
The billboard is a work of artist and performer Laura Cionci, and it is titled Chiara Azione (2019).
The use of the two complementary colors (red and green) for the writings and the background makes it difficult – at first sight – to read this poem; as we get closer, though, the mysterious meaning of this invocation progressively clarifies. It is a narration that we – the spectators – have to conquer; these are words that do not come towards us or we are offered; rather, we have to seize them on purpose, on our own initiative. They call for concentration, they intentionally dictate us to leave the haste and the rush that characterize the everyday’s life for a few moments, to stop and think.
Thus, thanks to such initial effort, we discover that the verses tell us of a fervent request of love; as precarious, uncertain and fragile as life itself but that – thanks to this very precariousness and fragility – does exist, suspended between two worlds, between two stages of reality, and it even challenges the permanence, time and space. It is a love that – once it is left “free”, can improve ourselves and the whole world. Love is therefore the force that heals, but such healing cannot be effective unless there is also the knowledge of sorrow and suffering.
Then, the love described by Laura Cionci is another wanderer in this edition of OperaViva Barriera di Milano (perhaps the darkest and lightest one of all): a traveler of dimensions and territories, of emotions and knowledge.
The last billboard shall be by Alessandro Bulgini and presented on 17 October.
OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro Promoted by Flashback, all art is contemporary IV artist: Laura Cionci, vernissage 26 September h 18.30 26 September > 13 October 2019
Under the patronage of CITTÀ DI TORINO
Nero/Alessandro Neretti ALL THE THINGS THAT WE NEED
Vernissage 5 September h 18.30
Piazza Bottesini, Turin, Italy
The third billboard of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the second of the two ones that were selected through an open call and awarded by Flashback’s jury, is a work by Nero/Alessandro Neretti titled All the Things that We Need (2015).
The image, which connects Barriera di Milano, northern suburbs of Turin, to the northern and southern suburbs of the world, is one of the results of a residence spent by Nero in December 2015 during the 6thInternational EgeArt Days in Izmir, in Turkey.
The portrayed place, the ruins of the Kadifekale, is a typical contemporary margin, a place that becomes the crossroad of stories and destinies.
As the artist states: “I realized that crossing alone a territory where Syrian refugees – and the Kurds before them – where trying to survive amongst the decay of crumbling housings, barbered wire and garbage, places where the social despair of some blends to the will of standing out (at all cost) of others, would have not been a great idea for many, but – rather – a way to look for trouble… for me, instead, it kept on being essential. Nourishing oneself, not caring for such precariousness, far from sumptuous theaters and famous characters, at the shadow of the lighted promenades, where a sort of sleek reality relegates the other truths beyond the hill”.
Nero’s work locates in this suspended, in-between area in this contrast and comparison between the emerged urban world and the submersed one, between the visible world and the invisible one. As it has become a tradition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, also this poster tells us that the margins are not borders to be crossed more or less quickly, but territories to be permanently inhabited and to be known as appropriate, right because it is there that the present time reveals itself clearly.
OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro Promoted by Flashback, all art is contemporary III artist: Nero/Alessandro Neretti, vernissage 5 September h 18.30 5 > 22 September 2019
Under the patronage of CITTÀ DI TORINO
The Flashback special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, conceived by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro, is continuing for its fourth edition on 25 July. This year’s edition is inspired to the theme selected by the fair, The Wanderers.
The second billboard of OperaViva Barriera di Milano 2019 is the first of the two ones that have been selected through the open call (the other one is by Nero/Alessandro Neretti), as it was the case last year, and awarded by Flashback jury, composed by: Ginevra Pucci and Stefania Poddighe, director of the fair, Alessandro Bulgini, artist and creator of the project, Christian Caliandro, art historian and curator of the project, Francesco Nucci founder and chairman of the Volume! Foundation in Rome, Giangavino Pazzola independent curator and associate curator of Camera, Italian Center for Photography in Turin, Marco Rubiola, author, writer and director of advertising campaigns and Fabrizio Bellomo, one of the artists who participated to the 2017 edition.
The work is by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso and is titled Unknown.
The image is part of a project the author has been carrying forward for six years, with photographs to the passengers of means of transport in Rome and in other countries throughout the world and that – so far, because of a precise choice – could only be enjoyed through the #comefareisenzamezzipubblici Instagram page. Emanuela writes: “An endless search, a silent relationship, a sharing between unknown people, obliged to meander, move and lose themselves anywhere and for any reason”. The theme of wandering is therefore declined by this billboard in a fully urban key, taking back and developing the theme of the pathways within the space of the town and of the connections between the neighborhoods, the territories – pathways that represent a constant in Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, which is declined in the most diversified ways by the artists who participated to the project throughout these years. Thus, a nun on the bottom seats of the bus turns and – concerned, thoughtful – looks at the visage of the little devil who is is formed by the graffiti on the glass, by the red lamps and by the puffs of the night reflexes.
On his turn, the little devil reciprocates and looks at her.
OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro Promoted by Flashback, all art is contemporary II artist: Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, vernissage 25 July h 18.30 25 July / 2 September 2019
Under the patronage of CITTÀ DI TORINO
The urban art project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, the Billboard, 2019 edition, is developed under the banner of ‘wandering’, it is a project that wants to enter even more deeply the urban social substrate to incentive the dialog, the contact, the meetings.
Artists who have sent their application for the open call, will receive notice of the outcome on 1 July.
A 6 x 3 metres advertising space in the Bottesini roundabout in Barriera di Milano in Turin, close to the historical neighborhood market of piazza Foroni; six months where such space shall be available to art and creativity; a call for artists, open until June 16, to invite the national and international artists to interact with this rectangle and with its reference context .
The 6×3 metres billboard in Turin, in Piazza Bottesini, is a space dedicated to the neighborhood of Barriera di Milano, to its history dense with industry and immigration, and to its current community, rich of cultural difference.
The project, devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated byChristian Caliandroand supported by Associazione Flashback, reached this year its fifth edition and it is marking the approaching steps to flashback, the ancient and modern art fair this year at Pala Alpitour on October 31 – November 3: a crosswise appointment many people are waiting for, from the inhabitants of the neighborhood to those who enjoy art – both live and through the net.
Opera Viva in Barriera di Milano thus intends to build up – through different works every month – a dimension different than the everyday life and to gather all these dimensions into a consistent vision and an active dialog with the neighborhood, in the deep conviction that our cities need mental space rather than physical places to allocate art and culture and that they should be first of all infrastructures of human relations, which are very often submerged and invisible, to be cared for and developed. The ‘opera viva’ is actually the part submerged under the water level, but required to float because “through its volume, it actively and continuously generates upward thrusts as proportionally to the water it moves by floating and sailing”.
Opera Viva Barriera di Milanowas born with the stated aim of taking art out of its conventional places, to directly relate the work – without any filter – to the people and donate an area of “creative welcoming” to the neighborhood. Opera Viva is therefore the very rhythm nd process of existence – the art that is no longer a product, but which is softly and deeply implied with the white noise of reality, with all its imperfections and deficiencies and no longer hypothetically and hypocritically out of it.
For the second year in a row, Opera Viva Barriera di Milano intends to create an even stricter link between the artist and the spectator (be him/her a driver, a passer-by, or a resident) by launching a call that will close on June 16. The artists are called to propose a work related to the topic of the 2019 edition, which is inspired by a science-fiction novel dated 1986, written by the Soviet Union writers Arkadij and Boris Strugackij. The original heading, The weaves that extinguish the wind was first translated into English as The Time Wanderers and then into Italian asI passi del tempo(“The steps of time”). For flashback, this hobos in and of time are The Wanderers.
The novel narrates of a humankind who are at last leaving in peace and have nothing to blame on their neighbors in the universe. There is peace, perhaps the dawning of a new millennium, for the whole human kind. But for Max Kammerer, the head of the world’s security system, trouble begins. Within the system, the Unexplained Events Bureau operates, and one of its best agents, Toivo Glumov believes man is a victim of the legendary Time Wanderers, a race whose aim is to mingle with the past and future history of other races.
Thus,The Wanderers move random, with no destination or program; they roam, hang around inefficiently, avoiding to preliminarily establish their itinerary; the meaning is in the discovery, in the errors in the pathway, in the meetings and in the emotions they live. This is why wandering helps refine the senses and it – “error” in Latin – has the double meaning of strolling without a destination, but also of deviating from the truth, being wrong to know. The travelers in the novel are time hobos, enthusiastic walkers, roving wanderers, roaming observers and searchers, nomads by choice, curious of art history of any time, always ready for a new adventurous exciting experience: the result is a fluid dreamlike magma of landscapes, emotions and tales, which are collected as if in the journal of a pilgrim, as excavation, discovery, prayer and ascension; a personal journal made of meetings with the artworks, of relationship, feelings, boredom and curiosity.
The Wanderers is the theme of the fifth edition ofthe urban art project Opera Viva “il manifesto”, conceived byAlessandro Bulgini and curated – for the fourth year in a row – byChristian Caliandro.
Rebecca Moccia is the artist who will open the project with a work titled Fuoco in tasca. For the authoress, the fireworks are a metaphor of the work and of the artist – of a certain kind of artist, of how the artist should be – on the basis of Jack Kerouac’s On the road.“For me, the only people who exist are the fools, those who are crazy for the will of living, for words, for salvation, those who are crazy for the everything now, those who never yawn and never say trivialities, but – instead – they burn, burn, burn like fantastic yellow fireworks, which blow like spiders above the stars, while – in its middle – you see the blue light explode and everybody does «Oooooh!»”.
The fireworks are a symbol of the portability (the small one in the big one and the big one in the small one), of the intangibility, of the experience. The artwork Rebecca Moccia has in mind holds an actual interest towards the world and people; some warmth, intimacy, closeness, empathy and compassion. It is an artwork that can live and be in the world, that can move with gentleness and emotions, that can nourish a humane dimension without which nothing exists, nothing can flourish.
Thus, this drawing, which is at the same time humble and ambitious, idealist and simple, is proud of the few essential elementsit consists of (lines, points, gestures); it serenely exhibits its fragility and legibility; it is not afraid on wandering, of failures, gaps, stops, deviations, digressions, sudden and apparently groundless falls (which, rather, are the very substance of its pathway and practice), whose extreme, small/great utility lays in its utter uselessness.
Atits seventh edition, with The Wanderers, Flashback is the testimony of the importance of preserving curiosity and mental agility without the constant fear of being wrong, of failing and of falling, but with the ability of moving forward and backward in history and in the world without prejudice, because the true present consists of the collapsing of the dimensions and of the time and cultural differences, in the firm belief the active relationships always determine and describe the time we are living in.
Under The Patronage Of: CITTÀ DI TORINO
OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO A project by Alessandro Bulgini Curated by Christian Caliandro Promoted by Flashback, all art is contemporary I artist: Rebecca Moccia, opening May 2, h 19 May 2 / 26, 2019
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