Opening: Saturday 18 June, 20-24 hrs
19 June – 17 July 2016
Thu-Sun, 14-18 hrs
Francesca Ferreri’s solo exhibition at P/////AKT is part of DRAWN ONWARD, an exchange project with Progetto Diogene in Turin (IT). During the four-week residency period leading up to the exhibition she is working inside the space, translating her research into an installation of new sculptures and drawings. Her dialogue with the space, which will be dictated by exploring its potential as well as its architectural limitations, is based on the notion of the historical grottesche (a type of mural painting from the Roman period). Ferreri considers these to be an early example of a site-specific working method, applied by her in order to verify how today it can actually be seen as a model for spatial organisation.
In the grottesche, the various proportions and positions of the figures are determined by the dimensions of the surface on which they are displayed, meaning that they are shaped, or even ‘deformed’ according to a canon that was meant to make several antithetical forces compatible. Variations and repetitions, predetermined frames and sinuous freedom are eventually incorporated in a formal system that is both reinterpreting and confirming the given architectural structure and possible further subdivisions of the spatial context.
Ferreri aims to apply these spatial principles – which in the grottesche function as ‘invisible’ regulators – as a method for defining sculptural forms as well as the whole layout of the exhibition itself.
According to Ferreri, the grottesche as a reference model is also related to brain functions – another subject within her research – such as memories, the unconscious and the dream. In the grottesche, in fact, a different order reigns, which ignores the regular perspective and doesn’t seem to be interested in the actual dimensions or distinction between beings, guiding the spectator through references and allusions and inviting him to explore the genesis of a false memory.
DRAWN ONWARD is an exchange project between P/////AKT in Amsterdam (NL) and Progetto Diogene in Turin (IT). Both organisations operate on a non-for-profit basis and are dedicated to supporting and facilitating emerging artistic talents. The aim of this collaboration is to share audiences, networks and experiences and to promote the work of young artists on an international platform. Francesca Ferreri (IT, lives and works in Turin) and Bram De Jonghe (BE, lives and works in The Hague) are the artists that were invited for this pilot-edition: each of them will spend a one-month residency period followed by a solo exhibition. DRAWN ONWARD offers the artists the possibility to produce new work on location – conceived specifically for the given space and context – and to present it to an international audience.
Bram De Jonghe
at Associazione Barriera, Turin (IT)
Opening: 22 June, 18.30
23 June – 17 July 2016
More information here.