Susan Philipsz traces a captivating itinerary in the historic center of Genova for her upcoming exhibition Follow Me at Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art

Follow Me is the title of Susan Philipsz’s new solo show. Set in the historical centre of Genova, the exhibition presents a new work inspired by the yatch Elettra, Guglielmo Marconi’s floating laboratory, together with a selection of six works realized between 1999 and 2011.

Among the most significant artist of her generation, Philipsz (Glasgow,1965) creates sound installations (recordings of the artist’s own voice as she sings existing songs a cappella) that explore the psychological and sculptural potential of sound. In Genova, the artist traces a captivating itinerary that unfolds within the architectural framework of Palazzi dei Rolli – included in the Unesco World Heritage List – and other historical buildings, along which she explores the relationship between art and architecture, the subtle shifts in the public perception of the artwork, the relation between performance and sculpture, and the emotional effect of sound.

Following her installations, visitors are led from the Grand Courtyard of Palazzo Ducale, through the narrow alleyways of the historical center to the Palaces in Via Garibaldi, up to the park of Villa Croce. Susan Philipsz won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2010 and has presented her installations in 2007 at Skulptur Projekte, Muenster, in 2012 at Documenta 13, Kassel and in 2015 at the Istanbul Biennial. Susan Philipsz has gained widespread recognition in the international artworld for the sharp execution of her works, unique in their genre, based on the rigorous analysis of the history, memory, and traditions of a specific place that she transposes into immaterial architectures creating an introspective environment for the “viewer.” The universal narrative of loss, hope, and homecoming is conveyed through the reproduction of tunes and melodies that, blending with the genius loci, generate a subjective storytelling.

On the occasion of the show Humboldtbooks will release a publication focusing on this exceptional project. The book will collect the documentation of the show, drawings of the palaces and maps of the city, together with two texts by the curators Ilaria Bonacossa and Paola Nicolin, and critical essays by Luca Cerizza and Chus Martinez, that will be enriched by rich iconographical material and entries on the works presented in the show.

Susan Philipsz recording



Villa Croce – via Jacopo Ruffini 3, Genoa
10 September – 11 October 2015