It was the fire that made me into what they call marble

at Palazzo Monti and Bunkevik, Brescia (IT)
solo exhibition It was the fire that made me into what they call marble, 2022

    Brute Force, Il Bigio (Foolish)
HD Video, 14’ 53’’, 2021. 

︎ trailer
︎ article and interview
      Study for a Monument I
Jellified Carrara marble, 2021.
    Study for a Monument II

Forza Bruta, Il Bigio, Prints on A4 45gr paper (100 copies). 2021.
    Rehearsing Brutality, until it is totally destroyed
— morbido, solido, pesante, breve, furioso, fragile.
(— soft, solid, heavy, short, angry, fragile)
Ballet dancer, crossed Carrara marble. 2021.
Performed by Alessandro Giaquinto at Bunkervik*.

︎ video documentation
    Place of Fantastic Flora / Brute Force (study).
Acrylic, agar-agar, spirulina blue-green algae, water, posthorn freshwater snails. Photographic series. 2020.

*Bunkervik is the name of the air raid shelter built in the 1940s to ensure protection to the citizens of Brescia under World War II. The space consists of two long underground corridors and was restored in 2016 by the local municipality (Comune di Brescia). 

«(...)The protagonist in the film Brute Force, Il Bigio (Foolish) is the tiniest particle of calcium carbonate, captivated within the oversize monument by Arturo Dazzi Era Fascista (1932), that used to be a centrepiece in the main square of Brescia (IT). As the 7,5 meter tall and 52 ton heavy marble sculpture that was once erected by Mussolini, is now tucked away in a container situated in an area contaminated by toxic waste, the absurdity of man’s vanity mercilessly appears. Our futile resistance against our mortality drives us to actions that, ironically and inexorable, enhances the speed of our own destruction. As of today, the debate on the relocation of the monuments on its original pedestal is ongoing.  (...)

Like a herd of rhinoceros in a mirror shop, humans have been interacting with ignorance, entitlement and great force in equal parts, creating irreparable damage to their environment and themselves. With elegant gestures, Chiara Bugatti summons a soft cosmos of order and chaos, reflecting the complicated history of the human species and the world they inhabit. (...)»

/Power Ekroth

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