texts by Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio, Suad Omar Sheikh Esahaq, Andrea Del Boca, Luca Ciabarri, Gabriele Proglio
format: 16,5 x 22 cm
date of publication : 2019
€28,00The second book in the Ultralibri series, Stanze in a certain way narrates eight years in the creative evolution of the duo of artists and directors Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, who recently presented SPACCAPIETRE, the only Italian title in competition in Venice Days at the Venice Film Festival 2020. The book offers an experience full of theatrical, poetic and cinematographic projects dedicated to the Somali lands and to the critique of Italy’s colonial past, linking old and new subjugations. The volume includes, among others, a contribution by Andrea Del Boca and historical essays by Luca Ciabarri and Gabriele Proglio. Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio were born in Turin in 1978. They have worked together since 1999 as visual artists, screenwriters and film directors. Over the years they have directed short films, documentaries and produced installations that have participated in the most important national and international film festivals and various exhibitions.
texts by Olga Gambari, Michel Houellebecq, Michel Maffesoli, Beatrice Merz, Chantal Nava, Walter Siti and Monique Veaute
format: 14,5 x 21 cm
date of publication: November 2014
€30,00This catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition Todestriebe by MASBEDO (Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni) held at Fondazione Merz from 3rd October 2014 to 11th January 2015. “The mantis waiting in the shadows is a still taken from the latest video by the Masbedo, entitled Todestriebe, which means death wish, a concept identified by Freud as an unavoidable aspect of the human unconscious, which aspires to the enjoyment rather than to one’s well-being. […] Todestriebe is also the title of the exhibition that Iacopo Bedogni and Nicolò Massazza are presenting at the Fondazione Merz, because it is an instinct that permeates every work in their exhibition project. Conflict, dramatic relationships, loneliness all appearing together in an atmosphere of aggression and passiveness. It seems that life itself is cannibal by definition, like a kind of mantis. The vision of all this is a real, deep, titanic lack of communication, a silence that comes like a glaciation and envelops the universe, with all its protagonists, organic or otherwise, including the gods and the space beyond the known world. The Masbedo speak of this vision by creating a sensible appearance dense with perceptions, forging a mythical and hallucinatory imagery, which speaks an ancestral language in which many elements have been absorbed. They stage universal stories forged into visual icons, with a hybrid language which, within the moving narrative, merges the styles of other artistic alphabets in a continuous creative and technological experimentation. […] The exhibition at the Fondazione Merz is a long journey that involves the city with several other initiatives. The observer enters and follows a story done in stages, which traces out the last twelve years of the artists' work and offers a debate on the issue of incommunicability as a characteristic aspect of the human condition. Historical works and other, new, ones explore breaking moulds and experiments in the light of what they call “technological humanism”: artistic research as a critical investigation of the anthropocentric dimension exasperated by postmodernism, in the context of new media. A theme that has been developed by the artists at the workshop conducted at the Holden School with a group of students including pupils from the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, the results of which were presented at Artissima. The Fondazione is transformed into a place of apparitions, parables of contemporary mythology. The screens and projections are presented as entrances, as living narrative elements. The works in the exhibition investigate the idea of contemporary failure, an aphasic emptiness born of the impossibility of relationship and communication with oneself, first of all, and then with others and with society, but also with history and nature”. (Olga Gambari) This book reproduces the photographic documentation of the exhibition and it is enriched by texts by Olga Gambari, Michel Houellebecq, Michel Maffesoli, Beatrice Merz, Chantal Nava, Walter Siti, Monique Veaute.
text by Francesco Bernardelli
format: 14,5 x 21 cm
date of publication: December 2010
images: 45 col.
€30,00This book documents the exhibition no fire zone held at the Fondazione Merz in Turin from 10 March to 18 April 2010. The project was commissioned by the Fondazione Merz to document the great event that closed the Wolfgang Laib’s exhibition in June of 2009, when the German artist brought forty-five Brahmins from the Indian region of Tamil Nadu to celebrate the Hindu fire ceremony at the Fondazione. Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio take the Mahayagna – the fire ritual that is celebrated for the wellbeing of the entire world and all living creatures – as the starting point for their reflection upon the Sri Lanka Civil War and its implications for the Tamil ethnicity, which the Brahmins belong to. The two artists were struck by the strong contrast between the two contradicting situations: on the one hand the religious ritual and man’s quest for harmony and on the other, the oppressive abuse of power that causes unbalanced situations and overwhelming human distress. Their installations interact with Laib’s work: they juxtapose the images of Laib’s exhibition with the harsh images of the war, and the reality of the Tamil’s Diaspora as if trying to find the way to a possible dialogue in this clash. The exhibition features a multi-video installation that unfolds through the Fondazione spaces according to a circular path. It ends in the lower level where it begins again with Soul diaspora, the pivotal work around which the entire project no fire zone revolves. Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio are twins and they were born in Turin in 1978. They live and work in Turin. Massimiliano graduated in History of Art Criticism, and Gianluca in Film History at DAMS, in Turin. They have been worked together since 2000 and during the years they have produced numerous films among which: Zakaria, My Brother Yang, Maria Jesus. Their works have been selected for various film festivals among which: Oberhausen Film Festival, Edimburgh Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival. In 2010 they had the solo exhibition Bakroman at Arge Kunst in Bozen; they also participated in the group exhibitions at Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea (Monfalcone), Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea (Trento), Maison Rouge (Paris), Centre d’Art Nei Liicht (Dudelange, Luxembourg), Participant Inc. (New York), Annet Genlink Gallery (Amsterdam), MAXXI (Roma).
texts by Matthew Barney, Arthur C. Danto, Gian Luca Favetto, Richard Flood, Olga Gambari
format: 14,5 x 21 cm
date of publication: May 2009
images: 80 col.
The book collects the multi-faceted project that Matthew Barney developed in 3 days in Turin and documents the different parts of it: the solo exhibition at the Fondazione Merz (30 October 2008 - 11 January 2009), a workshop with the students of the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti and University of Turin, a public meeting between the artist and Richard Flood, opened by a paper written for the occasion by Arthur C. Danto, and a series of films screened at the Cinema Massimo.
Matthew Barney is one of the most important American artists of the new generations. In the international survey he is an original and many-sided author, his work crosses many cultural branches – sculpture, photography, architecture, design, fashion, cinema, music etc. – creating a very special artistic language. His conceptual and aesthetic work mixes parts of all mithologies produced in the history of mankind, from the ancient and classical until the most anomalous and mysterious ones. His hybrid and omnivore artistic research is a sort of great and new cosmogony. His movies are famous all over the world: the epic Cremaster Cycle, Drawing Restraint and De Lama Lamina.
Matthew Barney was born in San Francisco in 1967 and was raised in Boise, Idaho. He attended Yale University, receiving his BA in 1989, then moved to New York City, where he lives today. From his earliest work, Barney has explored the transcendence of physical limitations in a multimedia art practice that includes feature-length films, video installations, sculpture, photography, and drawing. In his first solo exhibitions, Barney presented elaborate sculptural installations that included videos of himself interacting with various constructed objects and performing physical feats such as climbing across the gallery ceiling suspended from titanium ice screws. In 1992, Barney introduced fantastical creatures into his work, a gesture that presaged the vocabulary of his subsequent narrative films. In 1994, Barney began work on his epic Cremaster cycle, a five-part film project accompanied by related sculptures, photographs, and drawings. He completed the cycle in 2002. Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle, an exhibition organized by the Guggenheim Museum of artwork from the entire project, premiered at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, in June 2002 and subsequently traveled to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in October 2002 before its presentation in New York.
edited by Sergio Toffetti
format: 16 x 22,5 cm
date of publication: May 1992
€12,91This monograph devoted to the artist-director duo Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi traces a large part of their work from the early 1970s to the 1990s. Thanks to a conversation curated by Sergio Toffetti and Daniela Giuffrida, it reconstructs the thread of a journey that begins with Angela Ricci Lucchi’s training in Salzburg with Oskar Kokoschka and the early film experiences of Gianikian; films that use found objects to focus on the themes of memory. The meeting of the directors’ artistic practices and their respective lives has fostered attention on the theme of the “catalogue”: the true pole around which Gianikian|Ricci Lucchi’s poetics revolves and unfolds. In addition to the aforementioned interview, the book includes texts by Alberto Farassino, Janis Crystal Lipzin, Scott MacDonald, and Michel Hommel, and is completed by texts by the filmmakers featured in the book.