Invernomuto at Marsèlleria, Milan
Marsèlleria presents a solo show by the artistic duo Invernomuto. The exhibition is designed as an overview of the last three years of artistic research and production by the duo, comprising Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi. It takes the form of a narrative and reflection on themes generating varied, multi-faceted content that is at the same time harmonious and coherent.
The exhibition illustrates all the characteristic features of Invernomuto’s work, which focuses on processes of cultural combination. The artists’ approach is based on the combination of popular rituals, symbols from folklore and urban culture, reinterpreted using different languages such as moving images, sound and installations.
Invernomuto adopt a complex artistic format, and in this exhibition it takes over the three floors of the gallery, which form three separate areas that are nonetheless interconnected and in close relation in terms of thematic affinity and areas of investigation.
The exhibition is organized in the form of a non-chronological itinerary, comprising sculptures and video works, specially adapted and modified for the spaces of Marsèlleria, along with a series of new installations specially made for the show.
The sequence of works begins from a point of access to the space designed for the project, which is a floor lower than normal (basement floor), in order to invite visitors to explore the exhibition vertically, from bottom to top. Each space has a title referring to a real location: evocative titles that introduce the theme and atmosphere found in the corresponding area.
The “Negus” cycle–an extensive documentary that traces an imaginary line linking Vernasca (near Piacenza, and the location of origin of Invernomuto), Ethiopia and Jamaica–is the work, or rather the cycle of works, with the greatest presence in the exhibition. Negus is based on a historical event dating back to the Italian occupation of Ethiopia. In 1936, a soldier who had been wounded returned to Vernasca. To celebrate his return, the local community organized a festive but at the same time sinister ritual, burning an effigy of Haile Selassie I in the town square. Haile Selassie I was the last Negus of Ethiopia, and a messianic figure for the Rastafarian cult that had developed in Jamaica during the 1930s. Invernomuto’s project follows an itinerary that is initially biographical, but that expands and develops, linking Vernasca, Ethiopia and Jamaica according to two points of view: certain critical moments in Italy’s colonial history are placed in relation to the symbolism of Rastafarian tradition. “Negus” is a cycle in constant development, an ongoing work, an ever-present theme in an itinerary that at certain stages induces the regeneration of the theme itself. It began as a film project, but more recently it has taken a more sculptural form, closer to an installation concept. The works from the latest phase of Negus are presented at this show at Marsèlleria, and they have been compiled into the solo show “I-Ration” curated by Emanuele Guidi, at ar/ge Kunst in Bolzano (2014) and as part of the group show “Glitch. Interferences between art and cinema in Italy” curated by Davide Giannella, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2014).
The show develops vertically from bottom to top, according to a sequence of themes. Access to the show is not from the main entrance, but from the door of the boiler room leading to the basement floor, location for the first work presented, a new site-specific installation.
until 29 November 2014
Wondo Genet (detail), 2014
The Negus Triangle, 2014
Still Da Video, 2014
Movimenti Versus l’Altro, 2011
Wax, Relax, 2011
Rastafully I King of I-Ration…, 2013
Babylon Monumenti, 2014
Invernomuto installation views at Marsèlleria, Milan, 2014
Courtesy: the artists and Marsèlleria, Milan. Photo: Giulio Boem.