Allerleihrauh (All-Kinds-of-Furs) & Mind the Mind + MACT/CACT Collection

Allerleihrauh (All-Kinds-of-Furs) & Mind the Mind + MACT/CACT Collection

Miki Tallone / Giona Bernardi / Alex Hanimann / Valter Luca Signorile

21 July – 12 August 2012

On 21 July 2012, the CACT – CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN CANTON TICINO is opening a double exhibition, short in duration, but intense in contents.

Highly elaborate, both in terms of the use it makes of space and spatial relations and in an analytical sense, this is the SUMMER PROJECT dedicated to the artist MIKI TALLONE (Swiss Award 2012), a preview of her personal show due in early 2013. The Swiss artist, a native of Ticino, occupies two spaces with two projects, where the blend she achieves between conceptual language and self-referential expression coagulates into two interdependent and intercommunicating thematic works. ALLERLEIRAUH [ALL-KINDS-OF-FUR] is a parallel overlapping, on the one hand of the Grimm’s fairy tale ALL KINDS OF FUR with the artist’s own personal experience, as she makes shameless use of its title for a highly evocative work balanced on a knife-edge between social convention and individual truth, between rule and taboo, between sociality and anonymity, between concept and flesh, between redemption and self-mortification; and on the other the point where psychoanalysis – the great obsession of the twentieth-century middle classes – is rarefied into a theorem without form and without end… and also without any reference to its own culture.

This dichotomy of back-and-forth across a social demarcation line – do we pass it or not? – is reflected in the skilled weave of the two rooms. In the first, where the artist presents 32 + 1 shreds cut out of the same number of her own pieces of clothing, citing the shreds of the princess’s hair mentioned in the fairy tale. In the second – whose title is MIND THE MIND – Miki Tallone has stitched the space back together with a web of elastic threads, which she sends hither and thither at random, recomposing the entire space and composing the grammar of the marriage between formal, mental and temporal order.

Deconstructing her personal experience, taking its intimate pulsations and social conventions to pieces so as to reconstruct her thinking: this is the operational approach adopted by Miki Tallone, who – apart from the use of conceptual stylemes – seems incapable of shaking off the last traces of the tradition of figurative representation.
At the same time, the other rooms are hosting a choice selection of works by artists from the collection at the MACT Museum of Contemporary Art in Ticino, in particular Giona Bernardi, Alex Hanimann and Valter Luca Signorile.

Mario Casanova, 2012 (translation Pete Kercher)

Ph. Pier Giorgio De Pinto © PRO LITTERIS Zürich.



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