IPERCUBO is delighted to present Impermanence, an exhibition by Sarah Ciracì and Camilla Alberti; and the first of a series in which the gallery will present the work of two artists of different generations in dialogue.
At a first glance, these two artists’ investigations may seem diametrically opposed: Whilst Ciracì has been researching on the relationships between humans, technology, pop culture and the mass media since the beginning of the Nineties; Alberti has been exploring the vegetal paradigm as a possible model for rethinking the entanglements between all living and non living entities in the planet in a non hierarchical fashion. However, this opposition is a fallacy, an already overcome dualism that can be summarised in Donna Haraway’s concept of natureculture: the recognition that the intertwinement of nature and culture, or nature and technology is pervasive and inseparable.
In particular in this show, the dialogue between Alberti’s and Ciracì’s oeuvres finds a common ground in the idea of impermanence, in the certainty that everything, whether things, beings or states, lasts only for a limited period of time. For example, Alberti’s Compost (2019-20) series consists in micro-spaces in which organic elements, like fungi, and industrial waste come together to propose new possibilities of hybridisation and of multi-species collaboration. Nonetheless, in these works, as well as in the Ruins (2019) series—in which the spaces built with industrial detritus are inhabited by plants and musks that need regular watering—Alberti underlines the idea that time creates stratifications that are in continuous change. Correspondingly, in Sarah Ciracì’s Like an Ocean with Its Waves… (2017)—conceived as a monumental site-specific video installation for MATA Modena—the artist created an immersive natural-artificial landscape in which specular footage of sea waves overlap with both common and highly symbolic images. This work brings together the artist’s key interest in science, in particular in quantum physics, and in the encounter of the scientific methodology with Buddhist philosophy, for both of which what is usually called “reality” is not something monolithic, static and “objective” but mutates in correspondence with the observer’s point of view.
Thus in Ciracì’s and Albert’s works impermanence is not to be avoided or resisted but its inevitability needs to be embraced in order to think new and alternative approaches to naturecultures.
Sarah Ciracì (Grottaglie, 1972. Lives and works in Milan) studied at the DAMS at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, and got an MPhil degree at Plymouth University, UK. She has had solo exhibitions in museums that include Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma (MACRO), Rome; the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, New York; and the Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna, Rome. She has participated in group exhibitions in the context of national and international galleries and museums, including the Museo nazionale della Arti del XXI secolo, MAXXI, Rome; the Yuki Kondo ACAC Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; the Triennale di Milano, the FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier; and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene D’Alba, Turin, among many others. In 2003/04 she achieved the New York Prize, consisting of a yearly scholarship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University, New York.
Camilla Alberti’s research examines the ways in which space is conceptually, socially and phenomenologically produced, considers multiple thematic registers ranging from landscape to architecture, looking also at the relationship between different living species. She received her BA in Visual Arts and an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA (New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan). Among her exhibitions are worth mentioning: Neuro_Revolution, Air Trieste, curated by Francesca Lazzarini, Incontro # 10 The Imagined Subject at Adolfo Pini Foundation (2017); Window Project at Spazio 22, curated by ECCENTRIC Art & Research (2017), Questions on the Living curated by Gabriela Galati (2018). One of her installations was presented in the Swamp School Project by Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas in the Lithuanian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018). Selected among the finalist artists of the States of Mind Award, her project Regression was exhibited at Palazzo Valmanara Braga in Vicenza (2019), and of the Arte Laguna Prize, Venice (2019). Alberti was born in Milan in 1994, where she lives and works.
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