Michele Ciacciofera’s chimeric museum in Marrakech.
#MARRAKECH In October 2017, Senesi Contemporanea in London discovered the meticulous, almost archaeological work of the Italian visual artist Michele Ciacciofera in “Fragments of Nature and Other Histories”.
On the occasion of Marrakech Art week (about to become the new stronghold of contemporary art?), it is on the bill of an intriguing exhibition at the young Voice Gallery for a continuation of this artistic and anthropological approach.
Like Taryn Simon, Michele Ciacciofera, with “TheA chimerical museum of shifting shapes”, examines the structure and weight of memory to explore the perceived reality of the world. He submits to us a kind of “catalogue raisonné” of his imaginary investigations and research. Its quasi-scientific approach, intimately linked to its island origins (Sardinian and Sicilian), is part of the search for identity, through symbols and systems, real or imaginary, collected by previous generations.
Thus, by mixing the old objects he collects with contemporary creations, he transforms and transcends the notion of time
A dialogue then takes place between the different parts of the installation, an imaginary bridge as a language between past, present and future. For Ciacciofera, these assembled elements work a bit like the elements of a personal archive. For him, it is memory that manipulates time and allows him to go beyond the limits of the human mind. And it is from this research on “altered” temporality that he creates a geographical rapprochement between Africa, Asia and Europe via the Mediterranean, that he sacralizes. As an intersection point between different cultures, policies, societies, this inventory of collected objects creates a coherent discursive motif, a spiritual millefeuille of the past anchored in the present.
This cultural heritage that Michele Ciacciofera wants to transmit to us with these fabrics coupled with Zagora’s ceramics, integrates a universal and personal language transcribed in the mineral, organic works he exhibits. And on the metal wefts, small abstract forms, made of wool, recall the myth of Janas, who according to Sardinian legend weave splendid fabrics on gold looms. By appropriating this ancestral knowledge, the artist plays with contemporary codes: a subtle way of creating a link between myth and humanity to highlight the crucial role of women in the preservation and transmission of knowledge to future generations.
Michele Ciacciofera “31″
from December 7, 2018 to February 15, 2019
366, Z.I. SIDI GHANEM
40000 MARRAKECH (MOROCCO
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