ROOM – Rä di Martino. L’eccezione

25 ottobre 2019 – 13 febbraio 2020

L’ECCEZIONE, A VIDEO BY RÄ DI MARTINO, A RENOWNED ARTIST OF THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SCENE, IS ON VIEW IN THE ROOM GALLERY AT THE MUSEO NOVECENTO FROM OCTOBER 25, 2019 TO FEBRUARY 13, 2020, CONTINUING THE CYCLE OF EXHIBITIONS BY WOMEN ARTISTS BEGINNING WITH MARIA LAI AND CONTINUING WITH SANDRA VÁSQUEZ DE LA HORRA.

Produced by the Museo Novecento – MUS.E and curated by Sergio Risaliti, L’eccezione presents a statue missing both legs and an arm, abandoned in a forest, stuck and lost. When awakened, he begins to perform small movements, similar to a dance. Despite becoming aware of his situation as a fractured statue, perhaps unchanged for centuries, he wants to let himself go to the music he hears. The nostalgic and romantic melody, a reworking of the love theme from Flashdance, is a reference to another era, allowing distant memories to emerge. The statue does its best to keep the rhythm, trying to move bones and muscles that he does not have, in movements that appear both like an incredible effort and an exercise aimed at containing a long-dormant energy charge.

The video by Rä di Martino incorporates this long history of relationships between the human being and his own double by inserting it in a story that is colored with veiled compassion for this incomplete statue. If the Italian Renaissance was born from the fragmented statues of Ancient Rome that reappeared under the rubble of temples, the new Renaissance of art imagined by Rä di Martino arises from a cyborg that was abandoned in the woods and wants to dance again, before falling asleep, perhaps for forever, while waiting for a new resurrection.

Rä di Martino (Rome, 1975) studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. She lived in New York from 2005 to 2010, but currently lives and works in Rome. She has exhibited in such institutions as the Tate Modern in London, MoMA PS1 in New York, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, GAM and Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo in Turin, Macro and MAXXI in Rome, Museion in Bolzano, MCA in Chicago, Hangar Bicocca and PAC in Milan. She participated in various international film festivals including Festival del film Locarno, VIPER Basel, Transmediale, Berlin, New York Underground Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Turin Film Festival, and at the Venice Film Festival winning the 2014 SIAE Award, the Gillo Award Pontecorvo and a special mention to the Nastri d’Argento with the film The Show MAS Go On (2014). Her first feature film Controfigura (2017) also previewed at the Venice Film Festival and won a mention on silver bands. This year she developed the AFTERALL project with the support of the Mibac: Italian Council award in collaboration with the Volume! Foundation, the Kunstmuseum St.Gallen and the Mostyn, Wales, finally going into the permanent collection of the MADRE di Napoli.

Curated by Sergio Risaliti