”Preferire l’ombra” at Cassata Drone Expanded Archive, Palermo
From 25 September to 30 October 2019, the prestigious spaces of the Fondazione Sant’Elia’s Loggiato di San Bartolomeo and the apartment at via Malta 21 now known as the headquarters of Cassata Drone will host the exhibition “Favour the Shadows (Preferire l’Ombra)”, curated by Giacomo Pigliapoco and Luca Gennati. From the very title, the exhibition refers to a constant balance between visibility and invisibility in the relationship between the observer and the observed. The theme of the investigation will in fact be surveillance in its civil, military, visual and primitive aspects: a study which takes modern drones as its starting point with the intention of highlighting the necessity of a personal strategy of obscuration.
Not only does the observer remain invisible, favouring the shadows, but also the observed should act consciously to remove themselves from the spotlight. It is impossible to avoid quoting the words of the French philosopher Grégoire Chamayou in Drone Theory (Penguin Special, 2015) and of the English artist James Bridle in the New Dark Age (Nero Editions, 2019). James Bridle himself will be in attendance to present the public artwork Drone Shadow,which will be realised in the famous Piazza Cassa di Risparmio (in the centre of Palermo within the Kalsa district).
The Via Malta 21 venue will host archive photos by the German chemist Julius Neubronner, the inventor of aerial photography by carrier pigeon, and the audiovisual installation Frutto del Sorbo by Valentina Furian.
Finally, the Loggiato di San Bartolomeo–Fondazione Sant’Elia will host Marco Strappato’s Flying Over the White Threshold, the work Sociality by Paolo Cirio and a new production by the collective Il Pavone.
g. olmo stuppia, founder of Cassata Drone Expanded Archive (which is also a long-term solo performance), proposes with this last project in Palerm to continue his study of Sicilian cultural stratification, in particular in relation to the important techno-military presence in the region which coexists daily with a culinary tradition, both symbolic and historical—contradictions and cohabitations which are ultimately part of everyone and become the protagonists once again in “Favour the Shadows”.
At Cassata Drone Expanded Archive, Palermo
until 30 October 2019