Saturday, October 11th, NERO presents Meltingsun Live: a matinée and brunch hosted by AlbumArte and curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi and Maria Rosa Sossai on the occasion of the 10th Day of Contemporary Art. The event is related with the current exhibition at AlbumArte, Meltingsun, the first solo show in Italy by Christine Rebet.
Upon the invitation of Christine Rebet, the event will start at 12 p.m. with a conversation with the philosopher Emanuele Coccia, who will describe the connection between ornamentation and the perceivable forms of power. It will then be followed by a pre-recorded sound performance by Matteo Nasini on the theme of artificial fusion. Both contributions insert themselves into the context of the show Meltingsun, creating new meanings and interactions with the artworks and environment.
This exhibition is the culmination of an artist-in-residence programme organized by the Roman association, during which the French artist worked in close collaboration with the curatorial duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi in order to give birth to Meltingsun: a blazing but totally artificial sun that comes alive in the drawings and sculptures of the artist who currently lives and works in Paris and New York.
The exhibition presents the artist’s studio as it would appear if it were a maison de luxe, with a totally anomalous production line consisting of sketches, casts and metal machines, in which the traces of a rather unlikely collection of jewels can be seen. Here the structures of the body proliferate and re-emerge, transfigured and stripped of their sensational shine. A regal set of jewellery created by Mellerio dits Meller – the oldest family of jewellers in Europe that has been supplying queens from all over the world since the 17th century, when the firm was founded under the patronage of Marie de’ Medici – now loses its veneer of vanity and is transformed into voodoo amulets, chains, medals, shields and armour. Alongside the radical reinterpretation of royal dress codes, Meltingsun further explores the language of the privileged elite by appropriating its most typical gestures and expressions. As with the prototypes and models of a fashion collection, the titles of Rebet’s works resonate in the spaces of AlbumArte with attractively gracious irony, evoking fantasies that are by turns exotic, colonial, industrial and military, while artfully combining fashion with the imitation of nature: Symphony of a satin chiffoneur, Heaven infused, Blue Maidens, Duchess on Tortoise Escape, Duet Solomite, Steamline crusaders, Wasteland, Nap in Hamada, Nécessaire pour Héritière.
Christine Rebet lives and works in New York and Paris. Her work is based on drawing and it develops into forms ranging from animation to the environment, installations and performance art. At the heart of her work is the elaboration of historical traumas in the context of a personal reinterpretation and a consequent reanimation. Rebet studied at Columbia University and Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London. She has exhibited and held performances in various international contexts including: SITE, Santa Fé; Sculpture Center, Long Island – New York; Le Magasin, Grenoble; the Shangai Art Museum; Parasol Unit, London; the Kamel Mennour Gallery, Paris; Taka Ishii, Tokyo; X-initiative, New York; the Cartier Foundation, Paris; Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS), Oslo; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn – New York; the Gregor Podnar Gallery, Slovenia; the James Fuentes Gallery, New York; the Guild and Greyskhul Gallery, New York; the Wexner center for the Arts, Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Her films have been presented in various events and festivals including the Berlinale Short Film Festival, Berlin; the Oberhausen Short Film Festival; the Scotia Novia film festival, Canada; the Chicago film festival, USA; Expresion en Corto, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Trip to the world of drawing animation, Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Nigata, Nagoya and Fukuoka); the Nemo Film Festival, Paris; Animà Festival international de Cinema de Catalunya, Spain; the Jakarta Film Festival; the BFI London Film Festival; the MIFF Manchester International Film Festival; Festival International De Curtas, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Murat Art – French Short Film Festival, New York; the Singapore International Film Festival.
Emanuele Coccia is Maître de Conférence at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, after having taught History of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Freiburg. He is a specialist of Averroes and Averroism, from which he drew an original reflection on the images and on the medial nature of the sensitivity. Recently, he turned to an analysis of the moral implications of advertising. Among his publications are: La trasparenza delle immagini. Averroè e l’Averroismo (Milano 2005); Angeli. Ebraismo, Cristianesimo, Islam (co-edited with G. Agamben, Milano 2009); La vita sensibile (Bologna 2011); Il bene nelle cose. La pubblicità come discorso morale (Bologna 2014).
Matteo Nasini (b. Rome,1976) began his artistic path at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Starting from the sound, his work extends to installation, sculpture, drawing, photography. Among his recent group shows are: The Volume of Air, Serra dei Giardini, Venice; A Bed Is A Door, performance with Davide Stucchi, Villa Romana, Florence; Helicotrema, MACRO Museum, Radio3, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome; Villa Romana, Florence; FW2013RTW (KUDOS), Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome; Smeared with the gold of the opulent sun, Nomas Foundation, Rome; Re-Generation, MACRO Museum, Rome; When in Rome, Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. The Sudden Gust is the title of his latest artist’s edition (composed by an audio vinyl and artist’s prints) edited and published by NERO.
AlbumArte – Via Flaminia 122, Rome
Saturday, October 11 at 12 p.m.