De Rerum Rurale

Curated by Matteo Lucchetti

NICO ANGIULI, ROSSELLA BISCOTTI, BEATRICE CATANZARO, MICHELANGELO CONSANI, LEONE CONTINI, LUIGI COPPOLA, DANILO CORREALE, RICCARDO GIACCONI E ANDREA MORBIO, ADELITA HUSNI-BEY, MARZIA MIGLIORA, MOIRA RICCI, ANNA SCALFI EGHENTER, MARINELLA SENATORE, VALENTINA VETTURI

Italy is a country with some of the highest land use in Europe, a prime example of a post-rural landscape in which the boundaries between urban and agricultural have disappeared to an extent almost directly proportional to the expansion of speculative land management policies. At the same time, the weakening of the great national and supranational narratives has made way for new localisms, which express new relationships of strength between individuals and the various communities to which they belong, expressing new negotiations on the use of spaces and the rules that govern them.

In De Rerum Rurale the concept of rurality is understood as zero degree manmade space, a place in which the creation of laws and their application find themselves in a constant state of negotiation and flexibility, an ideal dimension in which new communities can constitute themselves and illustrate new interpretations and uses of what we consider common assets. Within the exhibition space the term rural becomes permeable and transitory in meaning, allowing the works on display to recount different possible interpretations. The “rural things” of the title can therefore be recognized both in the evocations of the agricultural world, and in the scenarios of the exploitation of resources and the people who cultivate our lands today. Rurality lends itself to imagining new scenarios with a low level of anthropization, where existing rules and codes can be collectively rewritten, making way for new forms of living. Rurality also acts as a catalyst for lesser narratives from temporary, imagined, nomadic, oppressed or resistant communities that populate contemporary Italy.

Circumnavigating rurality, describing new meanings and possible interpretations is, inDe Rerum Rurale, a means of exploring recent artistic productions that choose social fabrics and their backgrounds as their operating space, crossing through society as a modus operandi and commitment to it as a compass for their operations. Contemporary rurality should be understood as a hybrid, evolving space, where the metamorphosis between states generates brand new and transformational scenarios.

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