Andrea Dojmi – The Isle of the Dead

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September 13 – November 24, 2012

CO2 Gallery – Via Piave 66, Rome

The extreme and liminal structure of this place and its never-ending tension between presence and invisibility creates its own powerful and fluid psychological universe which dictates the rules for  survival.” Andrea Dojmi

The artist  is  introducing a site-specific installation aimed at challenging the audience’s perception of the space inside the gallery: elements of urban architecture and military setups entwine in the realization of a bunker which becomes the tool to express intense sensibility and psychological suggestions.

The isle of the dead represents the last effort of a quest which starts from the human being and his reactions in relation to the surrounding environment. In the common imaginary the bunker has always been the embodiment of refuge and protection, while at  the same time acting as an agent of reflection on memory, regression and death. Not unlike Arnold Böklin’s masterpiece (where the almost inaccessible island serves as a final destination for the slowly approaching boat), the work created for CO2 evokes the silence and stillness which permeates the anxiety connected to the fear of imminent death. The legend of the island is deprived of its romantic appeal in order to become the physical manifestation of the individual’s absolute marginalization which will then fade into a crisis of the ego and will eventually result in madness. This very madness leads the main character of Ballard’s novel “The Terminal Beach” to choose an abandoned island (formerly used for nuclear weapons tests) as his final resting place.

The whole project revolves around the relation between the environment and the psychological suggestion the work arouses: fear, await and a feeling of death. These elements are the ones which usually translate into attraction to a world which is based on realistic, common aspects while at the same time overwhelmed by the frightfully unknown.

Born in Rome in 1973.

Andrea Dojmi’s artistic quest is focused on the tension between teenagers and the education system. Through the employment of different media, ranging from videos to art installations, Dojmi examines  the  relationship  between  formal  and  religious  education  and  their  architectural  and spatial organization. In his sculptures and installations for example, he recreates hybrid structures made of  everyday-use objects like sport equipment, with the goal of forming familiar shapes which guide the observer to the corners of his/her own experience and imagination.

Image above: Installation view

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Installation view

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Installation view