Alessandro Bulgini “Opera Viva – Guardiani”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2019

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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

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CIRCOSCRIZIONE 6

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Laura Cionci “Chiara Azione”

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Laura Cionci
Chiara Azione

Vernissage 26 September h 18.30

Piazza Bottesini, Turin, Italy

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
CIRCOSCRIZIONE 6

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Nero/Alessandro Neretti “All the Things that We Need”

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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

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CITTÀ DI TORINO
CIRCOSCRIZIONE 6

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Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso “Unknown”

OPERA VIVA BARRIERA DI MILANO 2019

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Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso
UNKNOWN

Vernissage 25 July h 18.30

Piazza Bottesini, Turin, Italy

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
CIRCOSCRIZIONE 6

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