19 January - 3 March 2012
Click or Clash? Second stage. Marco Giovani, Niklas Goldbach, Yves Netzhammer
Curated by Julia Draganovic and Elena Forin
opening 19 January H. 6-9 pm
monday>friday 10 am - 1 pm / 2 - 7 pm
saturday on appointment
Galleria Bianconi, Milano
Yves Netzhammer, Vororte der Körper / Periferie dei Corpi, 2012, video installation (photo by Luigi Acerra)
Click or Clash? Strategies of Collaboration, a long-term project curated by Julia Draganovic and LaRete Art Projects, promoted by Galleria Bianconi, examines how agreement or disagreement, consent or conflict can create opportunities within the sphere of working together, with the aim of bringing about a thorough debate on current issues not only in the art world.
Adopting the strategy of a joint venture, brought about partly through individual differences, the second stage of Click of Clash? Strategies of Collaboration focuses on power structures in society: individuals and their relationships, space and technology, and the role of the image will be at the core of this second debate about collaboration. The artists have each decided to illustrate their own statements on these issues in order to create a series of juxtapositions, while the curatorial team, consisting of Julia Draganovic and Elena Forin, is developing a new process of collaboration, in order to extend and examine the critical potential and narrative power of individual works and of the exhibition as a whole.
Marco Giovani is creating a series of photographic and installation works in which man seems to return as mere form and at the same time as a catalyst in a close-knit network of interactions. With their lighter and darker sides, the images and objects created by Giovani reveal codes that govern perception, developing the concepts of the individual, nature and artefacts, and thus offering a sense of dubious potential and ambiguous rules. The great impact and sophistication of his works is always poised between perceptive deception and powerful presence.Giovani’s work measures up well against the humanoids created by Yves Netzhammer which, with their reference to the simplification of the digital world, create emblematic relationships between each other and with the environment, nature and landscape. Netzhammer projects the depths of a submerged universe in which the conditions and episodes of man in the world come about. He studies their nature, portraying the individual as a power structure in relation to social mechanisms such as violence and reciprocity. His video is linked to an installation of silhouettes of objects and paintings that are seen as icons of our existence, as individuals and within a community.
The latent ambiguity and opulence of this relationship creates an intriguing dialogue both with Giovani and with Niklas Goldbach. Through video and photography, Goldbach’s work potentially multiplies to infinity the identity of the individual in a standardized form, revealing socio-political aspects in the most diverse contexts. In Milan, Goldbach will present Bel Air, a video that takes us on an inner journey, but also on a real trip by car through the deserted landscape of the Everglades near Miami, in which Christoph Bach, Best Actor in Germany in 2010, plays the part of four different characters who display the wide range or roles and power games that take place in human society.