'Provenances', Umberto di Marino, Naples, Italy, 14 May–14 September 2009. Opening: 14 May, 20h.
Starting at 20.30h lecture-performance 'Museum of Incest. A Guided Tour' by Simon Fujiwara
'Provenances' is composed of three specially-commissioned solo presentations by Erick Beltrán (1974 Mexico City. Lives in Barcelona), Jordi Mitjà (1970 Figueres. Lives in Lladó, Girona) and Simon Fujiwara (1982, London. Lives in London/Berlin).
The exhibition purposely coincides with the 2009 Maggio dei Monumenti (May of Monuments),
a month-long festival during which many historical palaces and private
sites throughout Naples are made accessible to the public. The
exhibition will reflect on the heritage industry and the museumification of history,
as well as the creation, transmission and fidelity of cultural worth.
The artists share an aesthetic and pragmatic concern with the principle
of the personal archive or the pre-museal wunderkammer – the categorization and veracity of objects, images and words is always provisional.
Erick Beltrán presents four works each focussed
around a relic-like artifact made of a particular natural substance.
Following the related ‘Serie Calculum’ (Calculum Series) (2008) – "an
essay about the concentration, the density and the creation of value" as
he has described – each object is accompanied by a text-diagram, and
together they elicit a dense proliferation of references, narratives,
contexts and interconnections.
In Floating Lines (2009) Jordi Mitjà
reflects on practices of information retrieval, falsification and
accumulation. In his seemingly-sparse installation, clusters of
photocollages are hidden from immediate view by a string curtain which
protects them from light while necessitating the visitor’s gesture in
order to reveal them.
Encompassing formats including performance-lectures, published
fiction and collections of articles and artefacts, the projects of Simon Fujiwara take shape as a carefully constructed borderline of ethology, eroticism, architecture and ancestry. The Museum of Incest (2009) is a multipart project which unearths an implicit myth of human origins and an explicit sexual archeology. + info...
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