Flavio Favelli
 “Serie Imperiale” at Ex miniCoop and Casa del Popolo, Valsamoggia-Bazzano (Bologna)

Flavio Favelli, Serie Imperiale, (RSI), wall painting, ex miniCoop, Bazzano (Bologna), 2018.
Photo credits: Dario Lasagni

Serie Imperiale is a project by the artist Flavio Favelli curated by Elisa Del Prete and Silvia Litardi, promoted by the cultural association Nosadella.due and a public commission of the Fondazione Rocca dei Bentivoglio (Valsamoggia, Bologna), winner of the second edition of the Italian Council 2017, held by the General Directorate for Contemporary Art and e Architecture and Outlying Urban Areas (DGAAP), as part of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

The two site-specific wall paintings in the Serie Imperiale project were created in two symbolic places in the centre of Bazzano: the Casa del Popolo and the ex miniCoop, integral parts of the local life and culture, and constituting the first work by the artist for the territory in which he has lived and worked for more than fifteen years.

The two site-specific works are part of a practice that Favelli has been exploring of late: that of both interior and exterior murals. The subjects—painted in two different settings, albeit part of a single architectural complex—tell of a state of passage, narrating the transformation underway not only in the two spaces, but also in the overall social, cultural and commercial fabric (as well as in terms of town-planning), in which political commitment, cooperative enterprise and sociality are called upon to examine their own present and future. In relating to the locations, Favelli opted first of all to abandon the conventional venues of artistic display, and to produce two mural works endowed with both imagery and history.

The subject chosen by the artist for the two wall paintings draws on the bizarre iconography of two historic stamps dating back to the Kingdom of Italy, belonging to the ‘Imperiale’ series first issued in 1929 and in use right up to 1946, portraying the face of Vittorio Emanuele III with a further ‘overprint’. The overprint was necessary to show the stamp belonged to a different state, here in particular that of the ‘Repubblica Sociale Italiana’, and ‘Zara’, that of the German occupation post-8th September 1943. Favelli reproduces the effigy of the sovereign on the wall just as he was originally depicted on the historic stamps, leading to a reflection on imagery and on the signs of a very precise period in the history of Italy, which still constitutes a period fraught with delicate issues for our country. At the same time, the images chosen come from a collection of his of found objects, including stamps, is made up of simple everyday items: furnishings, instruments, ornaments and signs, i.e. all that which brings personal memories back to mind. His assemblages, collages and sculptures are inspired by documents, objects and fragments linked to everyday life and to his own personal history, which the artist reconfigures here in new poetic and visionary images.

Favelli’s intervention is thus embedded within a broader context, one bound up in the vitality of a landscape which is also stratified, situated in the old working-class neighbourhood of Bazzano, one of the towns that gave rise to the largest merged communal district in Italy: Valsamoggia.

The two murals of Serie Imperiale will be on public display free of charge in their respective venues (the Casa del Popolo and the ex miniCoop) until 3 June 2018 every weekend. Throughout the year, the project will be accompanied by a diverse programme of events: guided tours, educational activities for schools, workshops open to the public, as well as meetings with the artist to examine specific aspects of the work.

 

Flavio Favelli, Serie Imperiale (Zara), wall painting, Casa del Popolo, Bazzano (Bologna), 2018.
Photo credits: Dario Lasagni

 

Flavio Favelli, Serie Imperiale, (RSI), wall painting, ex miniCoop, Bazzano (Bologna), 2018.
Photo credits: Dario Lasagni

Flavio Favelli
SERIE IMPERIALE
Curated by Elisa Del Prete and Silvia Litardi
24 March–3 June 2018

Ex miniCoop e Casa del Popolo | via Ceré 12, Valsamoggia-Bazzano (Bologna)
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