*Featured photo: Chatillon Castello Gamba Rammendi Ambientali, Gloria Campriani, Performance, Trame
Curated by Gabriella Anedi
Produced by ADART – Associazione Ambientale Design Arte
Castello Gamba – Museo di Arte moderna e contemporanea della Valle d’Aosta Località Crêt-de-Breil, 11024 Châtillon
October 29, 2023 – February 4, 2024
dal martedì alla domenica 10.00 alle 17.00, chiuso il lunedì
Catalog Urbania Habitat editore. Progetto grafico di Pier Francesco Grizi
Info Tel. +39 0166 563252 | www.castellogamba.vda.it
Related Events Meetings and guided tours with the curator and artists and meetings with critics from the catalog.
The Department of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Educational System and Policies for Intergenerational Relations announces that from Sunday, October 29, 2023, to February 4, 2024, the Castello Gamba-Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of the Aosta Valley, in Châtillon, will host the exhibition Rammendi ambientali. Riparazioni simboliche nell’arte contemporanea, which compares Aosta Valley environments and works elaborated by nine artists, conceived as forms of reconstruction, repair.
“Mending the environment, that is, the wounded space in which living things live,” explains curator Gabriella Anedi, “is the artists’ intent. There are wall works, visual and sound installations in the exhibition. All guide the viewer to look with empathy at environmental imbalances that, while focused on particular situations identified in the Aosta Valley, can be read as patterns of universal alterations.”
“We are not dealing here with ‘environmental art,'” the curator adds, “but with ‘figures’ of a possible reconstruction that originate from a habit with a lived environment in which each author has seen the network of relationships between living beings collapse. Telling this rupture, prefiguring a repair, communicating with the symbolic language of art the personal and unique perception of this wound is the artists’ task.”
The starting point is a photograph, a map to mark, to show the violated place in its balances. What can art do? What can artists say? They have been asked to be reconnected with contexts, creating a work that is not that of the project, but a visionary work that feeds on memory and desire. The exhibition thus documents each artist’s journey, from the choice of location to the design process to the final work, a work that, in the autonomy of its poetics, stands as a “bridge” between the visitors, the artist and the world because it is charged with the emotions of a lived experience, of an affection that nourishes, in metaphorical form, the final goal: the recomposition of a vital balance for all living beings.
The artists were thus asked to communicate an ethical consciousness and symbolic design, foundational premises of any intervention on a common good.
“The restitution by the artists is truly surprising for the multiplicity of materials used and for the richness of the perceptual stimuli – visual, sound and tactile – in which we are catapulted upon entering the exhibition halls of Castello Gamba,” says Viviana Maria Vallet, Director of Historical-Artistic Heritage and Cultural Sites Management and Castello Gamba Scientific Manager, who then focuses attention on the catalog, which combines theoretical interventions with focuses on local experiences of care and conservation of the territory.
On display are works by Piera Antonelli, Pietrina Atzori, Romilda Boccia, Mariagiovanna Casagrande, Daniele De Giorgis, Daniela Evangelisti, Brenno Franceschi, Chicco Margaroli and Emilia Persenico. Opening the exhibition will be a performance by Gloria Campriani from which will derive a work that will remain visible in the park of Castello Gamba for the entire period of the exhibition.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with graphics by Pier Francesco Grizi and critical texts by Gabriella Anedi, Bruno Besana, Gaia Bindi, Michele Musso, Jean-Claude Oberto, Luana Usel, and Viviana Maria Vallet.