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L'intimità dell'immagine come luogo comune
installation view

L'intimità dell'immagine come luogo comune
installation view

L'intimità dell'immagine come luogo comune
installation view

L'intimità dell'immagine come luogo comune
installation view

Marco Secondin
Mommy! I want to go outside to play with my friends!,
2010, video, DVD Pal, color, mute, 45’ 52’

Francesco Serenthà
2012, Senza titolo, video
photo by Davide Tremolada

Academy Awards
L'intimità dell'immagine come luogo comune


in collaboration with Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano

Simona Andrioletti, Monia Ben Hamouda, Agostino Bergamaschi, Michele Callearo, Ryan Contratista, Antonio Crotti, Graziano Folata, Sharon Gervasi, Giuliano Giancotti, Virginia Guiotto, Teo Herceg, Erika Kimberly Lizzori, Chiara Luraghi, Emanuele Marullo, Alessandro Mazzatorta, Rebecca Moccia, Giacomo Monza, Alice Parolari, Marco Secondin, Francesco Serenthà

May 25 - June 9, 2012

“It’s been long time since I reflect upon my work, and also thanks to the dialog with students at Brera Academy, I came up with the need of dealing with the concept of “image”. In postmodern debate, this issue has been stylized as a bidimensional object, realized for populist entertainment purpose. According to the birth of a new sensibility, and consequently a new consciousness, it is worth considering image under a different light as a kind of germinating cause. How could we redefine the image - after its regression to a simple means for conveying contents - as an object of a semiotic analysis or an illustration of the concept of spectacular? It seems to me that the nature of the image dismisses itself from all circumstancial definitions. Coming closer to its nature is an act of essentiality”

During lessons in Brera, this tendency towards essentiality is manifest in the common appreciation of the works, neither claiming a forced meaning, nor looking for a strategy of visual impact, made purposely to strike the public. Instead, observation allowed physical and chromatic peculiarity to become the sensible protagonist of our imagination through this process. By doing so, we were exploring the nature of the image. In our reflection we defined its nature as an “image-imagination” which requires an intimate dialog with the viewer. This “intimacy” has not to be interpreted as “private”, because the meaning is related to a particular experience in which emerging images are those that deeply constitute ourselves. In this sense, they come out from the abyss in human psyche, plunging into the concreteness of the material. This experience is an occasion for “intersubjectivity”, that is: in me it emerges something, naturally shared by any other person. Everyone in his heart perceives, feels and imagines mysteriously shared sensations. From the beginning, we had clear in mind that this sharing dimension moves along an intuitive dimension and it is little related to informative reason, where the definition of “public” is nowadays relegated. However, this intuitive dimension, once it is perceived, has presented itself as an irreducible and basilar experience. It seems that the intimate dialogue of the fruition, generating the image-imagination, can build a possibility for narration, not an epic or pre-established story but an open and evocative one. In this definition for “intimate”, an energy would lift the ancient issue of universalism again. Nevertheless, there's a difference: today, a possible “new universalism” would be root into the peculiarity of the sensibility and show itself just like the epilogue of the experience. All this our observations and reflections raised and were first-able creature, coming from an essential issue: the mystery that constitutes the work of art”.
Gianni Caravaggio, April 2012.

With the contribution of Fondazione Cariplo and Gemmo spa. Under the Patronage of the Office for Culture of the Minucipality of Milan.


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