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Theaster Gates: True Value at Fondazione Prada

Art | July 15, 2016 |

Theaster Gates: True ValueImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

Theaster Gates: True Value at Fondazione Prada

“True Value” – the first exhibition by Theaster Gates (Chicago, 1973) in Milan – brings together a selection of existing works and new commissions in two different spaces at Fondazione Prada. The Cisterna features works in which the artist explores habitual, everyday things, immersed in the most evocative Black aesthetics. Gates operates on the conviction that everyday objects convey a deep understanding, not only intrinsic to their material aspect, but reminiscent of the experiences in which they have been immersed.

 

Theaster Gates: True ValueImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

 

In that sense, discarded materials involving collective memories constitute the catalyst for a political and aesthetic reflection on cultural renewal and social activism. Fire hoses used against demonstrators during the US Civil Rights movements in the 1960s or gym floors from dozens high schools closed and fallen into oblivion, swept under an unbeatable neoliberal economic agenda, turned into artworks in which formalism is not just a mere visual factor. This transformative ethos, from which a symbolic universal value emanates, is key in Gates’s practice. These everyday objects, together with other items and elements referencing more ritualistic and spiritual experiences, shape the proposal offered to the public in the Cisterna.

 

Theaster Gates: True ValueImage courtesy of Fondazione Prada

 

On the first floor of the Podium, Gates hosts True Value (2016) – the installation after which the exhibition is named— which presents his rendition of an abandoned hardware store. True Value gathers materials, objects and tools removed from their original context and relocated in an art environment, deploying a framework to formulate a poetic and pragmatic space around objects of trade and human relationships those economic and labour exchanges createThe exhibition is a further opportunity to explore certain nearby cultural and commercial entities, observing local stories, socio-political patterns, and economically and culturally under-explored communities in the hope of setting in motion a new cartography through which to visit and engage an overlooked Milan. Lastly, in a space in the likes of an artist’s studio or craftsman’s workshop, artworks created throughout the duration of the show will be on display.

 

Fondazione Prada
7 Jul – 25 Sep 2016

 

more. fondazioneprada.org

 

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