Arturo Hernández Alcázar “Blind Horizon” at Acquedotto Augusteo del Serino, Napoli

Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Blind Horizon, 2018
Acquedotto Augusteo del Serino, Installation detail, Photo © Antonio Picascia

 

Under the artistic direction of Chiara Pirozzi and Alessandra Troncone, in collaboration with Associazione Vergini Sanità, Underneath the Arches opens to the public on March 24, 2018 with the one-piece exhibition by Arturo Hernández Alcázar titled Blind Horizon. Underneath the Arches is the new program of contemporary art exhibitions taking place in the area Borgo Vergini—Rione Sanità in Naples, at the archeological site holding the remains of the Acquedotto Augusteo del Serino, an aqueduct from the Augustan age.

Underneath the Arches aims to activate a dialogue between archeology and contemporary art, in order to establish a relationship between the local material and immaterial culture and the artistic research of international artists. Its main objective is to promote both existing cultural heritage and new production in contemporary art. In the fascinating space of the ancient Roman aqueduct, discovered in 2011 and located underneath a historical building called Palazzo Peschici Maresca, international artists are invited to create temporary and site-specific installations in dialogue with the space itself and the surrounding area.

The program will start with an intervention by Arturo Hernández Alcázar (Mexico City, 1978; lives and works in Mexico City). His works are usually remains of actions developed in connection (but mainly in opposition) to the places and sites he relates to. Random walks, encounters, pick-ups and form associations in specific contexts depict the traces of a constant collision of social dynamics against economical systems, the forced tension between existing balances and balances to be reinvented, emphasizing the precariousness of the contemporary.

Blind Horizon follows a period of residency and research that Arturo Hernández Alcázar spent in Naples, exploring different areas of the city and its periphery. The artist shaped his research on suggestions from the geological and the archeological site, conceiving an installation that integrates intangible sources—like sound—with strong physical presences, reflecting on the ideas of control, manipulation of forces and power. The idea of horizon, outlined by the ancient aqueduct, is an example of human control over the territory, a loop process of construction and deconstruction, a layering materialization of the impact between natural and political history. Hernández Alcázar’s site-specific work, rests on the idea of latent erosive forces that produce forms and relations.

The exhibition is realized with the kind support of the Embassy of Mexico in Italy, Fondazione Salvatore, Ciro Oliva – Concettina ai Tre Santi and Associazione VerginiSanità, under the Matronage of Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee of Naples, and under the patronage of the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and IILA – Istituto Italo-Latino Americano in Rome. The artist’s residency is made possible by a collaboration with Fondazione Morra. A special thanks to Galería JosédelaFuente (Santander, Spain), and Marso Gallery (Mexico City).

 

Arturo Hernández Alcázar was born in 1978 in Mexico City, where he currently lives and works. He has exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia); the 10th International Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul); MUAC UNAM (Mexico City); Museo Amparo (Puebla, Mexico); Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico); Museum of Oaxaca MACO (Oaxaca, Mexico); Casa del Lago (Mexico City);  Nixon (Mexico City); Walter & McBens Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute; School of the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston (USA); Musée d’Art Moderne of París (Paris, France); Centro Alcobendas (Madrid, Spain); Contemporary Art; SWAB, (Barcelona, Spain); Vadehra Art Gallery (New Delhi, India); KunstRaum München (2016); Kunst Berlin-Bethanien, Germany (2016); Museo Experimental El Eco (Mexico City, 2017) and Fundacion Otazu (Spain). His project Naked Building was commissioned by the Offentlichen raum NÖ (Austrian public art office) in 2016. He is represented by Galería JosédelaFuente (Santander, Spain) and Galería Marso (Mexico City).

 

Aqueduct Augusteo del Serino, Photo © Antonio Picascia

 

Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Es el ruido de su mundo destruyéndose (It is the noise of your world while destroyed), 2014
Studio photo detail, Courtesy the artist

 

Aqueduct Augusteo del Serino, Photo © Antonio Picascia

 

Arturo Hernández Alcázar 
Blind Horizon
Curated by Chiara Pirozzi and Alessandra Troncone
Opening Saturday 24 March 2018, 11:30 am
25 March–13 May 2018

Acquedotto Augusteo del Serino | Via Arena Sanità 5, Naples
Opening hours: Fri 5–7pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10 am–1pm or by appointment
+39 340 7031630
associazioneverginisanita@gmail.com
www.verginisanita.it/aquaugusta