Giuliano Pastori: Berlin ‘06
Dates: January 25 – February 15, 2007
Location: Spazio Arte Contemporanea Capsvla – via Ascanio Rivaldi 9, Roma
Curator: Susanna Horvatovicova
“A voyage, an itinerary through space and time… “Berlino 2006” the year of the Biennale of Contemporary Art : I roam toward the wide body of the exhibition. Through the metropolitan experience of every day life and the underground of the city I feel the Art work and context, the image and the existence… I wander and I find myself in the museum of memory, when again the symbolic form and the silence of history melt together…” Giuliano Pastori
Thursday 25 January – 6.30 p.m. CAPSVULAartecontemporanea, via Ascanio Rivaldi 9 Rome, inaugurates the exhibition Berlino ‘06 of Giuliano Pastori organized by Susanna Horvatovicova (01.25- 02.14. 2007). The exhibition is open only by appointment.
The installation “Berlin ‘06” was born because of a trip of the young artist Giuliano Pastori for the IV edition of Biennial of Berlin. The exhibition is composed of a series of images of Berlin. The shots of Pastori are concentrated on places of passage but entrapped, without windows and exit. The lens points to shadowed walls tight and deep, like a hand reaching between the half opened legs of a woman. The photographs dirty and slightly grainy show sites of uncertain future, a subtle metaphor of “non choice”. They point out a reality that doesn’t have an immediate solutions, and they provoke a strong sense of uneasiness and worry. The human being is visible only through his absence and his inability to turn back. Pastori dwells on details rather then on wide views, he doesn’t talk nor transcribe on diary pages, but picks up hidden corners of the city. He transfigures the sense of a video projected in the Biennial of Berlin 2007 because he concentrates on the general atmosphere of anxiety. In the same time, he shows inside the Jewish Museum of the architect Daniel Libeskind, he represents the museum like the eloquent synthesis of perfect adherence between the form and the ethic function and the message of horror and hope.
In the other work, the author frames a ship’s passage in the Pacific after the Hiroshima explosion. The restricted shot of the image destroys the impression of immensity and naturalness of the Ocean and transmits an oppressive sensation. In this way Pastori’s photographs undergo a process of transformation of place’s meanings, since they illuminate the stratification of sense and put accent on our capacity of evocation of “no space” of Berlin, space of mind impressed and formed by the history of the city.
The empty and the silent, the sense of loss and instability of Pastori’s images remind us of an installation by Marcel Duchamp Porte : 11 rue Larrey (1924-1964). The French artist photographed the door of his apartment in Paris that contemporarily opens on to two dark rooms: the image of the door’s threshold that, if it is open, it’s also closed, if it’s closed, it is also open, it triggers a disturbing sensation in the spectator. Without metaphor, without relating to specific places, the door leads to arouse the device that produces an unrepeatable event out of cyclic time and space of every day life.
If the art critic Luisa Valeriani asserts “Duchamp doesn’t transcend the things, but inside our Reality picks up our freeing virtuality”, Berlino ‘06 of Giuliano Pastori seem to answer the same question of philosopher Plato, when he asks : what can you see beyond the dark when entering a cavern? The idea we have of reality or the same immanent reality? Critic text by Susanna Horvatovicova
Giuliano Pastori (1975) lives and works in Marino (Rome). Exposition selection: 2006 – La città lo sguardo, curated by Ida Mitrano at the MitreoIsi de centre for contemporani art. Proposte#1, curated by A.Allegretti and Galleria Tartaglia, in the project “Drink in Art 06/07 Foyer Valli e Visconti at Eliseo Theatre of Rome; Itinerari 2006, at Studio Pratt, Americane Academy of Architecture of Rome; Visioni, Almadiani deconsecrated churc of Viterbo; Eugenia, curated by C:Meli Galleria Biotos, Palermo. 2005 – Quotidiane impressioni, solo exhibition curated by S.Manganaro at Parablò, Roma.
Capsvla Arte Contemporanea
via Ascanio Rivaldi 9, Roma