sempre più di questo
curated by Lorenzo Bruni
March 6 – April 24, 2015
Opening Thursday March 5, 7pm
The two rooms in the Galleria will host two ostensibly different situations: one room will display work in which Moccia reflects on the essence of video images, writing and sculptures, while the second space will come to life with pieces produced jointly with other artists she has involved especially for the occasion.
Galleria Massimodeluca presents its first exhibition of 2015: sempre più di questo, the first solo exhibition of Rebecca Moccia (Naples, 1992), curated by Lorenzo Bruni (6 March - 24 April 2015, inauguration on Thursday 5 March 2015 at 7 pm).
The exhibition consists of a collection of works whose dialogue was conceived exclusively for Galleria Massimodeluca and which will give rise to two different situations: one room will be dedicated to the works of Rebecca Moccia, “minimal interventions designed to capture the energy of natural phenomena”, as Lorenzo Bruni writes in the catalogue, while the other room will host works produced jointly by Moccia and other young artists: Claudio Corfone, Bros and Silvia Mariotti, who have worked with the artist in the past, and others for whom this process of communication will begin with this exhibition, including Simone Ialongo and Carmelo Nicotra.
“These two spaces create the two necessary tensions for the artist to come up with a dialogue which explores why we think and produce art today and the possibility of art establishing not only an analytical/objective but a propositional/imaginative dialogue with the reality it inhabits and was created in” explains curator Lorenzo Bruni.
The first room at Galleria Massimodeluca will host works which, due to their apparent fragility and compact nature, give the viewer the impression of discovering that place, and first impressions will inevitably be of an estranged, contemplative silence. The works have been produced using a variety of different expressive techniques, such as video, sculpture, writing and photography, but they come across as more site specific. The thought of evoking rather than remembering is at the heart of all the works in the exhibition, works whose common thread is Moccia’s desire to “be amazed, together with the spectators, by the details concealed in everyday life that bring it to life”.
Her desire to give shape and form to this dialogue with our surroundings has led Rebecca Moccia to work with other artists to produce a collection entitled on air on air. In this particular case, the surrounding world is represented by the artwork, the exchange of ideas between artists, identifying what we mean by creative act and how it comes to life and takes shape. This project within a project is a means of encouraging further reflection on the relationship between author, object and observer and what we mean today by participation and empathy, the ethical nature of our vision and the creation of new feelings of belonging.
The two moods that will permeate the two rooms at Galleria Massimodeluca have the same underlying desire to experience and share, albeit momentarily, the moments/places in our lives. This tension is well illustrated by Parabola, the installation that will be on display outside the Galleria and which inspired the exhibition invitation. The image, as the artist described in a conversation with Lorenzo Bruni, which will be published in the catalogue, is “a satellite dish painted with paint normally used for cars in a blinding gold shade which reflects on the urban landscape when the sun starts going down, before sunset. A dish for transmission/reception, a point which projects your mind and eyes to the future, an accomplice of communication. We see these receivers shining every day, like the tips of towering glass buildings, they act out dialogues with light, with an imaginary or real satellite system, which we intercept in amazement...so, as you said, my intent was certainly not melancholy, it had a different focus.”
Rebecca Moccia (Naples, 1992) began studying art in Rome, and now lives and works in Milan where she attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 2014. In 2013 she took part in a workshop with Giuseppe Gabellone at the Museo del Novecento in Milan and in 2012 in one with Bernard Rudiger, L’autonomia dell’artista at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Lyon, in Lyon. Her group exhibitions include: Esercizi di stile, curated by Marina Bastianello, Andrea Bruciati, Maurizio Nobile, Galleria Maurizio Nobile, Bologna (2014); Immediatamente, Spazio Werther, Milan; Incontro, curated by Bernhard Rüdiger and Gianni Caravaggio, Réfectoire des Nonnes, ENSBA, Lyon (2013); NI DIEU NI MAÎTRE, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Galleria Massimodeluca, Mestre - Venice; L'intimità dell'immagine come luogo in comune, curated by Gianni Caravaggio, ViaFarini DOCVA, Milan; Studio comune esposizione, curated by Claudio Citterio and Diego Morandini, Casa degli artisti, Milan (2012). In 2014 she was a finalist in the Selezione - Celeste Prize and in 2012 in the Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art and the Premio Combat. In 2015 she was one of the creators and curators of Studi festival, when artists’ studios in Milan were open to the public for a week, with exhibitions and events.
Lorenzo Bruni is an art critic and independent curator. In 2015 he is teaching Aesthetics of New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He is currently guest curator at the Karst art centre in Plymouth (UK) where he curated the exhibition On Stage in 2014. In 2013/2014 he lectured in the History of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. In 2013 he was commissioned by the KCCC Museum in Klaipeda, Lithuania to organise an annual project entitled Traveling and trip, and was also curator of the archives of young Sicilian artists at the Museum of Palermo RISO and began working with the APT Foundation. In 2012 he inaugurated the new Binnenkant21 Art Foundation in Amsterdam, acting as director, with the exhibition “excuse me...but where am I? featuring artists Ahmeth Ogut, Rossella Biscotti and Andre Romao. Since 2000 he has coordinated the exhibitions of the non-profit space founded by a group of artists called BASE / progetti per l’arte. He writes essays for a number of monographic catalogues and themed books and is a regular contributor to the Italian magazines Arte e Critica and Flash Art.
ph Cosimo Filippini