CURA.

I SETTE MESSAGGERI

Francesco Arena, Paolo Canevari, Patrizio Di Massimo, Daniele Milvio, Andrea Sala, Francesco Simeti, Nico Vascellari

Curated by Ilaria Marotta e Andrea Baccin

Marsèlleria, Milan
July 05 — September 08, 2017

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A reflected and projected image immediately introduces us into a mythical and narrative dimension. Something has certainly already happened. An empty, no longer used sedan chair states so. There is no human presence, only memory. A choir of voices echoes from afar. This is the story of art that recounts itself. It is an amplified oral tradition, which in the mythical world is the only common heritage. The original texts have been lost. A curtain at the back opens and closes. It is beginning and ending. It is paradox. It also highlights the emptiness of images that are reflected, where everything is mixed and muddled. Past and present live in an exotic and suspended dimension. A scorched landscape, a border land. The one on the ground can be walked on. No longer mythical but real. It brings us back to the present. It is the promised land of Lampedusa. A new horizon that tells us about new borders. Oversize shoe soles do not walk on the ground. They tell of an imagination which is fictitious in shape and size and at the same time familiar in color and in matter. And yet, a pictorial, allegorical and perhaps apocalyptic dimension: it is Judith, who takes back Holofernes’s head and thus saves her people.

“But more often my doubts arise that this border does not exist, that the kingdom extends beyond limit, and that, as much as I may go ahead, I will never reach its end.”*

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Francesco Simeti Curtain, 2017 Courtesy of the artist and Francesca Minini, Milan 
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Paolo Canevari Monument of the Memory, (The Seven Messengers), 2017 Courtesy of the artist 
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Daniele Milvio Quando vedi il mare frena, 2017 Courtesy of the artist 
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Nico Vascellari True Faith, 2016 Courtesy of the artist and Codalunga 
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Francesco Arena 1 kg di terra di Lampedusa in 175,49 mq, 2017 Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan 
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Andrea Sala La Cucina, 2017 Courtesy of the artist and Federica Schiavo Gallery, Milan 
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Andrea Sala La Scuola, 2017 (right); La Latteria, 2017 (left) Courtesy of the artist and Federica Schiavo Gallery, Milan 
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Patrizio Di Massimo The awakening (Judith or Salome), 2016 Courtesy of the artist and t twoninethree, Rome 
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The seven messengers represent the vectors of a spring path which is choral, multi-level, in a never-ending sliding of time and space. They incarnate an emotional state stretched in opposite directions: change, self-knowledge, rooting in one’s own origins. It is what is left of the memory, after forgetting everything. It is the very meaning of culture.

The mythical ground now makes room to the real dimension. Human space, pliable, ductile, flexible, unlived story, nostalgia of utopia, identity.

“There is, I suspect, no frontier, at least not in the sense that we normally think. There are no separation walls, no dividing valleys, nor mountains closing the path. I will probably overcome the limit without even knowing, and keep moving forward, unknowingly.”*

* Dino Buzzati, I sette messaggeri, in La boutique del mistero, Mondadori, 1942

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Lissabon Kunshtall
FONDAZIONE GIULIANI, Rome
AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME
VALENTIN, PARIS
MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome