Assiette ou Virage et Dérapage
Monia Ben Hamouda
Alessandro Di Pietro
Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite
contribution text by Natalya Serkova
Something Must Break
14th November 2017
Via Pontano 35, Milan
Nomadic, fulfilling disposition of non-familiar shapes: Assiette ou Virage et Dérapage.
Inspired by the documentation modality used to describe an artwork through its details, "Assiette ou Virage et Dérapage" is a project anchored to the idea that the Minor Circumstance of such images often exhibits the most material and fulfilling aspect of the object, letting visual pleasure have the best on the Imaginary/imaginative concept of the artwork.
Obliged to relate to a restricted space, cynically sensual already, seven artists dialogued with the exhibition space cannibalizing an aesthetic that we all know and which we have been influenced and sometimes distracted in these years.
The hateful, common, coarse, and deplorable mistakes that inspired this project are essentially two:
How does an installation view reveal of the project, the curatorial thought, and the gallerist ambitions?
And how often does it only show the depressing interior designer ability of the curator and the proud complacency of rampant estate owner?
And when it comes to the artist: sure to choose from the dozens of photos of details the one that can best express the concept of the work, he is instead distracted as a child by the twinkle of a chromed metal, excited by the curve of a form that reminds us some car advertising.
The artworks are the center of any topic that interests art, but they are often misunderstood and then chosen for the most simplistic and approximate reasons.
The operation is simple and mocking. The viewer is made responsible.
Will he stop on a superficial and consolatory reading? Let him. Everything is in order and prepared for this to happen because he does not bother too much and convinces himself that everything is fine.
Perhaps he would prefer to feel cuddled by those images he recognizes and loves. That he needs.
Satisfying and fetichist images.
'' A motorcycle continuously multiplies itself in all this shine and noise, capable of taking on new parts that are willing to be absorbed and expanding itself to an unknown extent. But given this expansion, does the motorcycle remain what it used to be before? […]
If Thumbelina had to travel not on the back of the swallow but by a motorcycle, she would have hardly managed to keep her wedding dress and her tiny bows unrumpled. […]
The mutation can escalate to such an extent as to make it impossible to tell whether it is a parasitic outgrowth, hiding among the parts of the vehicle, or a vehicle that has become a parasitic virus of a weird shape that eludes the logic of functional driving.
It has become impossible to separate the parts from their bearer because the bearer is now little more than a sum total of its constituent parts assembled in a somewhat random manner. The infinite expansion and annexation of yet more parts prompt an incessant renewal of the entire body. We are no longer sure which point in time and space we should select in order to be able to give a proper name to whatever it is that we are facing. […]
Will the multiplication of these surfaces and of their shine turn into the multiplication of their deceptions?
Or, taken to extremes, this will detonate the logic of the vehicle from within, unleashing the powers previously hidden inside? Thumbelina landing happily on her swallow next to an elvish prince notices a brand new bike behind his back. ''
Dangerous double curve, the first to the left.
Something Must Break
A flower that has died, or wilted due to a lack of water. A petal falls toward the ground.
Something Must Break is an ongoing research project by Monia Ben Hamouda and Michele Gabriele based between Istanbul and Milan.
It investigates Distances, Narratives and Feelings.
Somethings that are better left unsaid, and stories you can’t tell anymore.
How can we stop looking for happiness in the same places where we lost it.