GIUSEPPE DE MATTIA
Critical notes by: Lorenzo Balbi, Orsola Vannocci Bonsi, Enrico Caprini, Vasco Forconi, Fabiola Naldi, Claudio Musso, Maura Pozzati, Gabriele Tosi.
OPENING MAY 8, 2021
The show runs through the whole month of July, 2021
LABS Contemporary Art is pleased to present Narrazioni brevi, solo show by Giuseppe De Mattia.
Giuseppe De Mattia (Bari, 1980) is an artist who employs a dialogue of mediums to investigate the relationship between memory and contemporaneity. Photography, video, sound, drawing and painting can all be found and often blend within his work.
De Mattia proposes a series of works for the gallery spaces, some of which are part of already experimented series, others absolutely new.
"Narrazioni brevi" is an exhibition with eight works whose common aim is to describe, through short stories, the artist's relationship with the city of Bologna.
From his best-loved places such as the Parco della Montagnola, to Via Indipendenza, the axis linking the Central Station with the heart of the city, passing through his strongest collaborations, including the one with the Home Movies archive - Archivio Nazionale del film di Famiglia (National Archive of Family Films), which for this exhibition has provided De Mattia with some stills from family films of the 1940s and 1950s.
The works in the exhibition are accompanied by the words of eight curators, with whom the artist has previously collaborated, thus completing the narration of the exhibition, as a sort of discursive caption.
The exhibition is closed by "Ingegno e indipendenza", a video dedicated to Via Indipendenza, shown in the group show "That's IT! Sull'ultima generazione di artisti in Italia e a un metri e ottanta dal confine"(2018) at MAMbo - Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, curated by Lorenzo Balbi.
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