Relazione di appartenenza. Intervista al “Signor Chiunque”…

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On March 27, during the miart and Design Week, Pierre Dupont (collective of young curators Giulia De Giorgi, Michela Murialdo, Giovanni Paolin, Roberta Perego, Davide Spagnoletto) presents at Spazio MIL in Sesto San Giovanni the final show of a project that, for a period of six months, involved six young Italian artists.

Follow the interview with the “Signor Chiunque”…

The title of the exhibition Relazione di appartenenza (Membership relationship) comes from the desire to experience an unprecedented link between the artistic and curatorial researches of the protagonists, and two significant places in the history of Italian design, kept in the Spazio MIL: the Giovanni Sacchi Archive and La Bottega . How did the idea of the project born?
The idea for the project came from the encounter between us curators and these two extraordinary spaces. The project started in summer 2016, and once started the first contacts, the network of relationships between the five of us, the six artists, the managing bodies of the space and Cren design (collective that took care of the visual identity of the project) has become increasingly defined.

The five young curators behind the identity of Pierre Dupont, the six artists involved and the componenet of Cren Design, author of the graphic project, all come from different cities and contexts. How did the geographical distance influence the dialogue with a physical territory, and a common research? Did it favored different approaches?
Yes, we are all from different towns. This element of diversity, and geographical distance, was the real engine of the whole project, in some ways the challenge. We have structured the six months of work by creating moments of live meeting and exchange, allowing each artist to be autonomous when in the Archives and the Bottega of Giovanni Sacchi. Different approaches are derived, mainly, from the different lines of research of the individual. We chose to work with young artists, many of them with great experience behind and ongoing, with different approaches and research fields ranging from photography to architecture. Relazione di appartenenza is a project that defines a new geography, diverse and shared. Pierre Dupont was born with this desire to network between places, people and stories.

At the center of your relationship there is the concept of model which, especially in the era of the places chosen, represented the intermediate time required between the creative intuition and the material construction of the object. Through which media, the six artists have reflected and returned this relation?
All with very different media: architect Pasquale Loiudice has experienced a re-writing of some models through manual design; photographer Livia Sperandio worked on orthochromatic film; Guglielmo Poletti, a designer based in Eindhoven, has competed in digital and manual hybridization of prototypes; Annamaria Maccapani and Giulia Sacchetto worked “models” of cotton yarn; Marco Secondin has translated the sound (by Giovanni Sacchi’s voice) in sculpture through the cork.

The result of the experiments is a very successful connection in the space of the model maker’s workshop, where the current works are camouflaged among the historical prototypes, the lathes and tools. The “membership relationship” is then clarified as that existing between the elements of a set and the set itself. What is the new semantic value of the new set arisen?
The desire of all was to inhabit the Bottega without turning it into an exhibition space, in the most traditional sense, but working for connections and insertions in some ways camouflaged. The exhibition is a unique set which in turn contains other subsets; a choral dimension, of coexistence between the various inserted items and between what is new and what pre-exists.

The exhibition will be also the occasione for the presentation of the book by Cristina Baldacci “Archivi impossibili. Un’ossessione dell’arte contemporanea“, Johan & Levi publisher – Tuesday, 4 April at 18:30. in the book the author focuses in particular on the significance that this classification system has become not only as a work of art, but almost as a new contemporary genre. What is the role of the archive, for Relazione di appartenenza?
The Giovanni Sacchi Archive, indexed only 20% of its total, is an asset in many ways crystallized but with a priceless research potential. The artists’ work has enabled discovery directions and the use of the material in the Archive, in a non-traditional and in some unusual ways. Guglielmo Poletti presented a dizzying hybridization mechanism of visual heritage; Pasquale Loiudice worked on two models made by Sacchi for Aldo Rossi; Marco Secondin has selected several audio tracks to get to a physical return of the voice of Giovanni Sacchi. The Archive was offered to the artists as a possibility, to test themselves without constraints or references. The exhibition is not born with the intent to query the archive role in the contemporary era, but with the desire to allow the meeting between the research of the individual and the soul of a place (a medium), layered and with a strong identity.

Spazio MIL – via Granelli1, Sesto San Giovanni, MI – M1 Sesto Marelli / M5 Bignami

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Opening, foto di Silvio Russo

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Opening, foto di Silvio Russo

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Opening, foto di Silvio Russo

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Opening, foto di Silvio Russo

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Opening, foto di Silvio Russo

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Opening, foto di Silvio Russo

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Serena Ficarola

Laureata in Storia dell'Arte Contemporanea presso l'Università La Sapienza di Roma, ha svolto uno stage in didattica museale collaborando con il Dipartimento di Educazione del MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo al progetto "Il Museo tra i banchi di scuola". Nel corso dei suoi studi più recenti è stata crescente l'attenzione rivolta in particolare alla scultura contemporanea. Attualmente vive a Milano.

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