Curated by Danilo Eccher
Chiostro del Bramante, Rome
On view through May 19th, 2019
List of artists:
Giovanni Anselmo, Christian Boltanski, Henrik Håkansson, Ryoji Ikeda, Anish Kapoor, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Anselm Kiefer, Peter Kogler, Wolfgang Laib, Kate MccGwire, Mario Merz, Tatsuo Miyajima, Doris Salcedo, Ettore Spalletti, Tsuyoshi Tane, James Turrell and Bill Viola.
The exhibition develops the theme of Dream and Spirituality in all their different perspectives and points of view. The show is presented as a rigorous selection in the research of contemporary art focusing the most recent languages of the artistic generations, in a dialogue that overwhelms chronological limits or linguistic boundaries. The deep meaning of dreams and spirituality in all its many forms will be represented in the exhibition, while the visitors will be invited to experience the show as a mystical journey.
Alexandra Kehayoglou presents the site-specific work What if all is in the main staircase of The Cloister, designed by 1500’s architect Donato Bramante. The work follows the artist’s track through Patagonia, depicting a journey to recover emptied spaces that exist in a history of tear, uprooting and invasion. This very empty space is also related to her carpet making tradition, of her ancestors escaping from the greek turkish war with a loom into the new land of Argentina.
As a way of connecting with the aboriginal tribes of South America, that trace rock paintings more than 10.000 years, What if all is reflects on the way we conceive land and proposes a journey to understand the communion and beliefs that united tribes in their search of survival, trying to find their most visceral connection with their land, their inner gods: the ones inhabiting the wind, the river, the mountain.
In this direction, Kehayoglou’s translation of this problematic on to her carpet work, serves as a portal to blend time and space in order to reconnect with the forgotten land of these ancient tribes. By understanding the construction beyond native vegetation, land formation, and the human interaction with nature, Alexandra engages the viewer in a journey into the loins of Mother Earth. Furthermore, the aboriginal Cosmovision proposes a new understanding of time and space, a subject also present in her work, where noise disappears, and the visitor gets transported to a different spatial place in earth and time.
What if all is unfolds the sites of Cerro del Indio and Cueva de las manos in Patagonia, re constructing their vision and imagery now in 2018, more than 10.000 years from the date these rock paintings were done. It proposes the visitor to immerse into the cave and offer a different way to die, to conceive the way we live.