ALESSANDRO VICARIO - ALONG THE WALL. BERLIN 2009
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ALONG THE WALL. BERLIN 2009
an exhibition curated by Giovanni Pelloso and Roberta Valtorta
opening on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 6.30 PM
from Thursday, November 4th to Saturday, November 20th, 2010
opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 3 PM to 7.30 PM. Free entrance.
On Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 6.30 PM, the Mudima Foundation in Milan opens Alessandro Vicario's solo exhibition ALONG THE WALL. BERLIN 2009, curated by Giovanni Pelloso and Roberta Valtorta. The artist and both curators will be present at the opening. The exhibition, held under the patronage of the Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit, will be open to the public from Thursday, November 4th to Saturday, November 20th. The exhibition consists of 57 photographs. Catalogue published by Silvana Editoriale: 24 x 24 cm, 96 pages. Italian and English. Texts by Giovanni Pelloso and Roberta Valtorta.
Along the Wall. Berlin 2009 is a project Alessandro Vicario completed in 2009, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is now presented to the public for the first time on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of German reunification.
The artist focuses his attention on people passing by the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall. The images play with the contrast between the human shape, evanescent and dynamic, caught in its movement before the camera, and the sections of Wall in the background, always sharp and well visible. “Vicario's blurred images – notes Roberta Valtorta in her critical presentation published in the catalogue - have an existential, psychological, even sociological value. They express a tremor, an instability; they show the attempt of the contemporary human being to get in contact with the world he lives in, to understand what changes faster: the places around him or his own life.”
Along the Wall. Berlin 2009 represents the development and completion of a former project by Vicario, Die Berliner Mauer. Completely centred on the materiality of the Wall, that former work was presented last year in an important institutional exhibition held at Castelgrande (Bellinzona) and is now recalled through five images exposed in this new exhibition.
The setting also includes a video installation entitled Raw sequence, underlining the serial character of the project. All photographs shot by the artist are shown here in a fast loop, accompanied by the obsessive, almost hypnotic techno rhythm of Berlin composer Paul Kalkbrenner.
“Alessandro Vicario – writes Giovanni Pelloso at the end of his review, included in the catalogue – has the merit of asking himself questions without any taxonomical urge, and of gazing, with full knowledge of his action, at the signs of history and at the life that flows inside them”.
Alessandro Vicario was born in Modena in 1968. Vicario has been practising the art of photography from an early age under the tutelage of his father Ennio, a professional photographer. He grew up and studied in Milan, where he graduated in Modern Letters and still resides. From 1997, by way of a scholarship, he completed his professional training at the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia di Milano, where he has been teaching since 2005. Born from a longing for knowledge, closeness and proximity, his images often look like finds rescued from destruction or oblivion, where the object, reproduced without artifice, becomes a presence rich in references. Since 2000, his works have been shown in several solo and collective exhibitions, in private galleries and public spaces. Some of his works belong to private and public collections such as Alinari 24 ORE (Florence), Museum Villa dei Cedri (Bellinzona), Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo Foundation, San Fedele Foundation (Milano), Centro de Fotografia de Tenerife.
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