Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht – Non riconciliati o solo violenza aiuta dove violenza regna by Andrea Salvino

book launch
Wednesday 26th of October h.19.00 pm
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo - Via Modane, 16 – Turin

Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht – Non riconciliati o solo violenza aiuta dove violenza regna (Engl. Not Reconciled or Only Violence Helps Where Violence Rules) by Andrea Salvino is an artist’s book that lies at the center – both conceptually and formally – of a homonymous exhibition realized by the artist at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin – October 26 / January 8, 2011.

The volume consists of an extensive collection of historical images, film stills, crime scene photos, pictures of Nazi Germany, erotica, dead bodies, and various random reproductions, which alternate alongside the artist’s own drawings in ballpoint pen, pencil or charcoal. “This book doesn’t narrate anything and there’s nothing to understand. It’s so transparent that it reminds me of the Alighiero&Boetti piece, Niente da vedere nulla da nascondere (Nothing to See Nothing to Hide). Here, there’s things to see and definitely nothing to hide,” writes Andrea Salvino.

The prophetic disappearance of the image augured by Boetti echoes throughout these pages, by way of an obsessive collection of nothing other than images, ordered according to no guiding theme, no plot, no beginning and no end.

Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht may be regarded as the personal treasure chest of Salvino as collector. The book appears like an imprudent disclosure of the intellectual and visual connections at the basis of the artist’s creative process. In certain cases, the revelation is made evident in the side-by-side placement of the original drawings and the found images. In other instances, the web of interconnections emerges as an invisible and convoluted plot involving studies, research, biographical circumstances and free association.

The only counterpoint to this visual flow is the presence of death, which, recurrent and punctual, immobilizes and suspends the concrete thought of whoever leafs through the book.

The images collected belong, for the most part, to a historical repertoire that is almost entirely rooted in the world of reality. These are documents qua archetypes that Salvino has put together over the years with a view to understanding and justifying the present. The known is re-presented, in a rehabilitative and revitalizing cycle that passes by way of the artist’s hand.

Through the medium of the book, Andrea Salvino turns himself into a curator, filtering his own imaginary and overcoming the solidity of the work (the painting). All for the benefit of the brazen volatility of the creative repertoire, of the summation of aesthetic and cultural affects (themselves transparent), and further, for the benefit of the shifting and instinctive emergence of the penciled line.

Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht is printed in a limited edition of 1000 copies, accompanied by an edition of 15 multiples each containing an original hand-drawn image by the artist on one of the pages of the book.

Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt wo Gewalt herrscht is published by NERO with the support of the Antonio Colombo Gallery.