chiara Pietropaoli, Galleria Varsi
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“Que Viene el Coco” was born from an artistic residence organized in Gesves, a small Belgian town, where Canemorto, Servadio, Alberto Brunello, Mik Bòiter, Elie Carp and Milan Jespers lived together for two weeks. In an isolated country house they built three dark rooms, transforming the house into a photographic laboratory where they experimented with the technique in an unconventional sense, in a hybrid process between photography and printing, engraving and painting. During the residency the artists produced more than fifty black and white photographic works that make up a traveling exhibition presented at Encore, the Alice Gallery project space in Brussels, in April 2018. The works will be exhibited for the first time in Rome, in the spaces of Galleria Varsi. Silver gelatin print were made by mixing different printing processes such as clichés verre, photogram and direct interventions on negatives, which gave original results in the encounter with the different languages of the artists. In the darkness of the darkroom the brutal painting of Canemorto and Brunello mingled with the visionary imagination of Boiter and with the classic suggestions of Jespers, the memories and dreams of Carp and the figures of Servadio. In the dark instinct guided the hands, chaos encouraged contamination and favored the “error” that was the stimulus necessary to investigate an alternative and unknown dimension. The title of the exhibition: “The black man arrives”, draws on the one hand the aquatint of Goya of 1799, on the other hand invokes the mysterious and dark figure. “El Coco” is the metaphor of waiting, a state that has characterized the artistic experience, the constant hope that the image would appear on paper. Time has dominated the house, it became image, reflection, thoughtful choice.
Within the exhibition, from November 19th to November 22nd from 6pm, will take place the private rituals of “Body of reverbs” by Michele Servadio in collaboration with HEXN and Mik Bòiter. The last session of B.O.R. will take place the evening of November 23, and it will be presented as a performance open to the public. In the same occasion, Galleria Varsi will also present the LP with the recordings of the first London edition, together with a book published by Varsi that narrates the world of B.O.R. The other sessions will be considered private and are therefore reserved only to participants.