Lost in Narration at the MAC, Belfast

Invernomuto, Negus, set photo, 2016
Photo Moira Ricci, courtesy of the artists


Lost in Narration is a major new exhibition at the MAC, guest curated by Manuela Pacella, that brings together several multi-layered projects across a range of media by Italian artists Riccardo Giacconi, Invernomuto and Luca Trevisani.

Each respective body of research brings these artists far from the relative comfort of Western Europe, with Giacconi considering cultural and historical resonances within the figure of the Colombian puppet, Espiridado; Invernomuto unpacking complex and unlikely histories and stories between Italy, Ethiopia, and Jamaica; and Trevisani working in a small town in Kenya with a group of researchers to study the fraught existence of Sudan, the world’s only male Northern White Rhinoceros.

Riccardo Giacconi, El diablo en el pozo (detail), 2015
Series of letterpress posters, in collaboration with Herlyng Ferla and Carteles La Linterna


These three projects have all been conceived in relation to little-known and marginal events, delving into vernacular languages, oral histories, and personal curiosities, where the artistic research processes employed perform incredible leaps across space and time to create new and unexpected forms of perception and meaning.

Presented as singular propositions filling the Sunken, Tall and Upper Galleries, this exhibition can nevertheless still be read as a unified whole that unexpectedly reveals itself as a complex, connected system across the building. Lost in Narration invites audiences to go somewhat adrift, to allow these artists to tentatively offer unique new tales for us to step into and discover for ourselves.

Luca Trevisani, La Natura, una faccenda ottusa (Nature is a dull affair), 2015
Fujifilm Instax Wide, passe-partout, 39 x 50 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin


Hugh Mulholland (Senior Curator, the MAC) commented “We are very pleased to have Manuela Pacella as our guest curator for this major exhibition. Manuela is widely regarded throughout Europe for her curatorial practice, and this project she has curated presents visitors to the MAC with a complex and engaging series of interweaving narratives by a group of exciting young Italian artists who are quickly gaining international recognition for their work.”

Speaking about the exhibition Manuela Pacella explains: “For me, this exhibition highlights the importance of being able to lose one’s way in the pursuit of knowledge and meaning; ending up in unexpected places and spaces far away from any anticipated destination or end point. Investigations into the construction and deconstruction of narrative are prevalent in many artistic practices across the world today, and I’m honoured to be presenting the work of three significant Italian artists whose work grapples deftly with some of these complex questions and concerns. The MAC is the perfect venue for these ambitious works to unfold within, and I hope that visitors will happily lose themselves in fruitful thought and contemplation when moving through the spaces over the next few months.”

Notes to Editors:

Riccardo Giacconi’s work for this project has been commissioned by ar/ge kunst and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, with further support from Centrale Fies in Dro.


Film Screening: 6 April, 8.30pm

As part of the exhibition Lost in Narration and in partnership with Belfast Film Festival, the MAC is delighted to be presenting the UK premiere of Negus, a conceptual feature length documentary (70mins) directed by the Italian artist duo Invernomuto, starring Lee “Scratch” Perry.

MAC – 10 Exchange Street, Belfast
Exhibition preview: 9 March, 7-9pm
10 March – 18 June 2017