“L’isola portatile” at ADA, Rome

L’isola portatile, 2018

Curated by Caterina Molteni. Installation view at ADA, Roma

 

L’isola portatile is an exhibition curated by Caterina Molteni, featuring works by Benni Bosetto, Guendalina Cerruti, Lisa Dalfino e Sacha Kanah, Diego Gualandris, Viola Leddi, Riccardo Sala, Namsal Siedlecki and Alice Visentin, on view at ADA until July 28th.

The exhibition was named after Alberto Savinio’s painting L’isola portatile (Portable Island),1930, depicting a mysterious landscape surrounded by an environment in between reality and fantasy. The work circumscribes an imaginary space: a platform that does not correspond to a completely new image of the world, but is made of natural and exotic elements, daily objects of the bourgeois culture and literary mythological references. The artist puts into practice a state of thought substituting the vision to the idea and the logical, the dimension that spontaneously introduces to a tale or a story. Figment of imagination, the tale is an instrument to rejoin sensibility and intellect, an exercise in thought that constantly appeared and disappeared in the history of culture in the shape of myths, fables and legends, to return as daily rituals and mystic cults. All these practices, besides showing man’s creative capacity, are now gestures of resistance towards a precise way of communicating, codifying, and reporting the facts.

More and more artists end up rebuilding and redefining an imaginary space as a diverse device to observe any mysterious, sentimental, mystical, and magical thing that reality can contain. Artists share a gaze that is not naive, but strongly cynical and disenchanted with regards to the contemporary world. Aware of a precise state of things, they investigate a certain vital force being transmitted into figurative painting with references to Greek and Etruscan mythology, as much as to fantasy and pagan cosmology. In the sculptural practice, said vital force explores, marveling at it, the hidden nature of materials and creates new combinations of physical and cultural features. The exhibited artworks wish to serve as either the prologue or a fragment of a tale – though avoiding any story with a development – because the idea of belonging to a fake or real shared story is not as fascinating as that of practicing the state of mind that human beings adopt when they open a book and start to listen.—Caterina Molteni

 

L’isola portatile, 2018

Curated by Caterina Molteni. Installation view at ADA, Roma

 

Riccardo Sala, Untitled, 2017
Courtesy of the Artists and ADA, Roma. Photos by Roberto Apa

 

Benni Bosetto, Voladores, 2018
Courtesy of the Artists and ADA, Roma. Photos by Roberto Apa

 

Guendalina Cerruti, Frozen here, 2017
Courtesy of the Artists and ADA, Roma. Photos by Roberto Apa

 

Namsal Siedlecki, Limes, 2017
Courtesy of the Artists and ADA, Roma. Photos by Roberto Apa

 

Diego Gualndris, Antonelloboy, 2017
Courtesy of the Artists and ADA, Roma. Photos by Roberto Apa

 

Lisa Dalfino and Sacha Kanah, Sgrrr A*, 2018
Courtesy of the Artists and ADA, Roma. Photos by Roberto Apa

 

Alice Visentin, Samarcanda (Uomo con cappello e cavallo), 2017
Courtesy of the Artists and ADA, Roma. Photos by Roberto Apa

 

Benni Bosetto, Guendalina Cerruti, Lisa Dalfino e Sacha Kanah,
Diego Gualandris,
Viola Leddi, Riccardo Sala, Namsal Siedlecki, Alice Visentin
L’isola portatile
Curated by Caterina Molteni
1 June–28 July 2018

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