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Guendalina Salini - Parade

Through an immersive installation in the Ex Elettrofonica gallery, the artist transforms the space into a primordial cave, a contemporary version of the drawings of the caves run in an eternal circular carousel combined with modern signs and symbols of what is presumed to be our modernity, meanwhile an intermittent light gives a sense of alarm, accompanied by audio that recalls the metallic sounds of a forge.

The work Parade weaves a conceptual framework based on numerous sources: from LASCAUX the birth of art by Georges Batailles to Werner Herzog's documentary Cave of forgotten dreams up to The aesthetics of disappearance by Paul Virilio and the reflections of the American anthropologist Anna Tsing.

The installation is reminiscent of a diorama, the pre-cinema, and is a sort of macabre dance on impermanence, our being in transit, but contains the re-generative and vital possibility of that quivering spirit that Bataille writes in reference to Lascaux, the vital force that Anna Tzing teaches us to search inside new stories of life among the ruins, with creative practices and alliances.

A total work, therefore, that takes us inside, an interior and hidden experience that evokes the power of the archaic as an antidote to modernity, an experience outside of time, or rather inside time, a mythical and magical time , where a bison can attack an helicopter and ancient warriors are alongside the new struggles today's migrants, guided by totemic animals.


The environmental installation is completed with another work entitled Cosmic Soup, an audio work that collects various testimonies from Russian and Ukrainian ladies interviewed asking them how to prepare the famous borch soup, typical of Eastern Europe. an invitation to rethink our common origin.


The kitchen utensils, whose noise can be heard, were an invention before weapons and this work invites us to a banquet around the ritual of cooking, which creates nourishment and warmth. Some portraits of children met by the artist during an artistic residency in Lviv, Ukraine , are drawn with beetroot - an element of borch - on small kitchen cloths.

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