Flashback, all art is contemporary
The flashback special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto
Federica Peyrolo Almanacco (2021)
Inauguration Thursday, September 2rd, 6.30 p.m. Piazza Bottesini, Turin
and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)
The fifth poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by the Flashback art fair is inaugurating in piazza Bottesini on Thursday, September 2rd at 06:30 p.m. And live on – @flashbackfair: Almanacco by Federica Peyrolo (2021).
In this seventh edition of the Opera Viva Barriera di Milano project, the tale that deploys year after year carries on with its fifth episode, namely, Almanacco by Federica Peyrolo, whose search focuses on the meeting and relationship, on the link and the dialog
The work developed by the young artist from Susa is a digital poster consisting of 599 drawings on paper, which were developed throughout 2020, which is nowadays the annus horribilis by definition: these drawings compose only one image where you can reflect yourself and find the others again, where every time can you recognize the empty and the full. The richness of data and information contained in this image renders the accumulation of individual and collective stories, just and an almanac does. This particular almanac records a shared experience, which is – at the same time – traumatic and essential, difficult but – in many ways – interesting: its relevance lays in its ability to capture sensations and feelings that – otherwise – would disperse in white noise.
As the artist states as related to her work: “There is something I would like to yell, something I would like to reach running barefoot in the snow, I try to stay afloat, but little is sufficient to take me back where you can’t breathe, where everything is immense and seems it no longer belongs to anything. In this everything, I no longer manage to see anything: I look for footholds, stories, links, but the full empties, they are only flows of images, of memories: a full that seems to have to end soon, which is never worth it . I remember “us” when we used to say: “because it is worth it”; they were infinite sandcastles, one on top of the other, but I had never realized how much building was faster than the sea. Now, it is not like this. I am lying beside my different constructions, I look at them being swallowed by water and I do not do anything. I am waiting to be caught I remember “us” when we used to say: “because it is worth it”; they were infinite sandcastles, one on top of the other, but I had never realized how much building was faster than the sea. Now, it is not like this. I am lying beside my different constructions, I look at them being swallowed by water and I do not do anything. I wait to be caught in the wave, but I do not decide, I no longer know how to hope, my eyes are not shining, I am crying. It is like a useless, unjust war, a self-declared war: everything is fine, the sky, the colors, the money, the friends, everything is granting me affection and I cry. I only see the end of everything, without managing to see the fullness in the middle of where I am. I am drowning. Drowning in a dry sea. I can’t breathe because I have too much air.“
Federica Peyrolo (Susa, 1989) started her artistic practice in 2010, dedicating herself mainly to videos and performances. After the bachelor degree at Accademia Albertina in Turin, she completed her studies in Visual Arts at the ’École Supérieure de Beaux Arts of Le Mans in 2014, and attended the post-graduated Le Fresnoy_National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing. Her search focuses on comparison and link, which are almost always declined in the form of a dialog that – on the one hand – involves the person and – on the other hand – is sometimes answered by the objects of everyday life, by the memories, the music, the human experiences and – sometimes – by the very elements of nature. Her projects were presented in institutions and festivals such as: offsite Art (L’Aquila), Paris Nuit Blanche FRASQ le Générateur (FR), International Art Festival Nanjing (CHN), Siderare’15 Fondazione VOLUME! (Rome), collezione IGAV Castiglia di Saluzzo, Galleria Moitre (Turin), Galleria SubRosa (Athens), Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella), Galerie du Dourven (FR), RESO’ 2017 Lugar a Dudas (COL).