Through its various nuances and its creative expressions, art is often relevant, being able to get to the heart of things, occurrences and even history – but it is also capable of reaching the eye of the beholders. As Maurizio Nannucci’s neon light shouts out loud, “All art has been contemporary”.
In fact, sculptures, paintings as well as the most recent installations always show a detail that – even though conceived in the past – is still present. And in light of a difficult year we have all been through, nothing is more current than a discourse revolving around instability and precariousness.
Both these terms are potentially adaptable to a wide series of aspects that include, among other things, mental and physical health, but also the professional as well as the socio-economic sphere. It is a sudden temporariness, perhaps caused by personal issues, or a collective occurrence that brings a general mutability and uncertainty towards the future.
It is at this point that instability and precariousness enter into our life, weakening all the certainties we have always believed in. Until then. Doubts arise, as well as fragilities and questions we don’t have an answer to. We have no solution. It feels like a cloud of dust pushed by the wind.
On closer inspection, those dynamics are also at the heart of the group exhibition “Instability and Precariousness”, open at Millepiani space in Rome from the 5th March to the 22nd of April 2021.
The artworks on display within the gallery’s rooms are leading to those same questions. They ask, attempting to guide us and whispering possible resolutions.
A topic like this – which is fragile but recurrent, serious but essential – it has been visualized through photos, digital compositions and videos that differ with regard to style, content and interpretation.
“Instability and Precariousness” becomes then a reference to our mental and physical health, but also a sentimental journey we accomplish. This is implied by the images where contrite expressions, a precarious balance or paradoxical situations become the real protagonists of the scene. With their physical presence, those bodies are indissolubly connected to the material world, simultaneously alluding to the immateriality of the emotions and moods. At this stage, art is a source of inspiration, but also an encouragement to the discovery of issues affecting us or our loved ones.
The exhibition is a path where one discovers the ephemeral nature of life – of human beings as well as nature. An instabile and precarious nature, whose resources are diminishing day after day, that is though capable of overcoming the destiny of the events, due to extremely violent phenomena.
“Instability and Precariousness” is a journey through a multitude of languages and codes that show us either the fleetingness of things or a subitaneous change. A snowflake, blocks of ice melting are perhaps allusions to climate change reminding us of the imminent transience of life. They suddenly become fragments of a matter shifting shape at any moment.
In conclusion, the exhibition can be considered as a metaphor for our life, expressed with and through geometric, poetic or literary tools. It is a poetry whose verses must be read carefully, multiple times maybe, if we want its message to be listened, welcomed and profoundly understood.