Luca Buvoli: Velocity Zero

14 Jan 2009 – 18 Apr 2009

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

London, United Kingdom


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Luca Buvoli (b. 1963) is an Italian-born artist who now lives in New York City. In this installation, created for the Estorick Collection, he explores the themes that fascinated the Futurists and the gulf between the ideals that the movement's members espoused and the reality of their application. Buvoli has stated: ‘I am revisiting Italian Futurism and its co-option by Fascism not out of historical interest, but because of the parallels with demagogic strategies used today by mediative societies... In my work I deal with philosophical, psychological and sociological issues, and try to propose, within a discrete and creative vision, an alternative to our society's celebration of violence.' In the centrepiece of the installation, Excerpts from: Velocity Zero, sections of the Futurist manifesto are read out loud by people with speech difficulties. The halting, difficult speech of the readers is contrasted with the values of speed and efficiency espoused by the Futurists. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated publication with an essay by Francesca Pietropaolo, independent curator.

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