Periferiche

Curated by Denis Viva

EMANUELE BECHERI, PAOLO GIOLI, CARLO GUAITA, PAOLO ICARO, CHRISTIANE LOHR, MARIA ELISABETTA NOVELLO, GIULIA PISCITELLI, MICHELE SPANGHERO

“Aware polycentrism”: this was the expression used, a few decades ago, by Enrico Castelnuovo and Carlo Ginzburg to profile Italian visual culture over the centuries. A wealth of centres, of numerous false peripherals that were not actually the places of a “cultural delay”, but stations of a plurality and a conflict that refused to exhaust itself within a single dominant model. Does Italy still preserve this polycentrism in the era of globalization? Does it find a voice equally capable of offering alternatives to global homologation in its “peripherals”?

Periferiche is a project dedicated to the artists who have chosen to work “on the outskirts”, not for romantic reasons or solipsism, but because of the intrinsic needs of their style. Periferiche is therefore a metaphor that indicates a device free to connect and disconnect itself, to associate and seclude itself, from the unstoppable flow of the global centres. The style of these artists does not ascetically eschew the centre, nor does it condemn it. It simply dictates when it will connect and draws its life blood from heterogeneous and diverse, often marginal territories.

These artists are united by a different conception of time and space: a time reclaimed as biological and mediated, with length times of constitution, reflection and reception; and a polycentric space, different from global mainstream information and production. The only central role is that assumed by the work as the ultimate operative destination of action and research. The project unites eight Italian artists, of different generations and origins, bringing the youngest together with some older Italian artists, who established themselves over the last decade.

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