Spazio Officina
Chiasso
5.10 - 8.12.2019

Temptation of Death

Temptation of Death is the latest cycle of works by Boris Mikhailov. It is made up of more than 150 diptychs featuring a combination of images from the past together with new photographs produced by the Ukrainian artist inside an enormous crematory built in Kiev during the Soviet era. The abandoned architecture of this place – and the unfettered nature which in such a short time has taken back over – provide the starting point for the whole project. The diptych structure through which it is articulated immediately evokes a constant state of uncertainty, ambiguity and change.

As for his subject, Mikhailov bases this new monumental work on the theme of the passage, investigated in all its countless aspects from just as many different points of view: 1) the passage between the two photographs of each diptych, which suddenly come into contact/confrontation/collision here, unleashing unexpected meanings and formal coincidences; 2) between the old and the new, which blend together and question the very concepts of (narrative) linearity and evolution; 3) between the celestial heights of the spirit and the mere concreteness of the flesh, of human waste and foolishness; 4) between the communist past and the capitalist present, both portrayed as corrupt systems doomed to failure; 5) the passage between life and death.

Sala Diego Chiesa
Chiasso
5.10 - 8.12.2019

The Biennial Selection. 32 Photographs for Venice 2001

In 2001, 32 photographs by Arnold Odermatt were displayed at the Venice Biennale. This show features the same selection of images, providing a fundamental moment of passage both for acknowledgement of the work of the Swiss photographer on the international stage, and also for the broadening of the very notion of photography within the art system. Odermatt’s balanced shots were not in fact originally designed to end up on the walls of a museum, but represent the results of the documentation undertaken by a bright policeman who, at the end of the 1940s, had the idea of accompanying his reports on road accidents with visual proof.

The multiple functions of photography overlap and clash with one another, just like the battered cars before him on the roads. Odermatt discovered the rigorous poetry inherent to this documentation, and over the course of three decades, put together a unique catalogue of the results of transformative events as powerful as they may be terrifying: unforeseeable sculptures, imbibed with energy, come together on the road in a single instant. Harald Szeemann, director of the Biennale, thus underlines this aspect: “We witness […] the wonderful transformation of a police officer into a man with an attentive gaze who seizes the opportunity to transform an accident into a visual feast.”

Piazza dei Colori
(Via Soave)
Chiasso
5.10 - 8.12.2019

Guardare l’utopia

Utopia is invisible; only utopians can see it. A class of 12 students from the Photography Master at the ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne, in residence at Casa Corti in Pellio, Val d’Intelvi (Italy), elaborated the concepts of utopia and community. Identifying the malaise of a generation trapped in social networks, confused between reality and the virtual sphere, and in need of establishing new values, the group developed a range of different strategies: morning meditation sessions, walks to Monte Generoso, shared meals and discussions to produce photographs and videos which, while gradually shifting away from reality, reach imaginary dimensions that oscillate between utopia and dystopia, figuration and abstraction.

All places of Biennale

Bi11 CRASH - CHIASSO

Spazio Officina
via Dante Alighieri 4
CH-6830 Chiasso

Sala Diego Chiesa
via F. Soave 6
CH-6830 Chiasso

Piazza dei Colori
via Soave
CH-6830 Chiasso

Spazio Culture in movimento
Bunker palestra via Soave
CH-6830 Chiasso

Cinema Teatro
via Dante Alighieri 3b
CH-6830 Chiasso

m.a.x. museo
via Dante Alighieri 6
CH-6830 Chiasso

Cons Arc / Galleria
via Gruetli 1
CH-6830 Chiasso

Spazio Lampo
Associazione Grande Velocità
via Livio 16
CH-6830 Chiasso

Galleria Job
c/o Spazio Frequenze Chiasso

Bi11 CRASH - AROUND

Rolla.info
Fondazione Rolla
la Stráda Végia
(ex via Municipio)
CH-6837 Bruzella

Biblioteca dell’Accademia di architettura
Via Turconi
CH-6850 Mendrisio

Casa Pessina
via Apollonio Pessina 6
CH-6853 Ligornetto

Mulino del Ghitello
via Ghitello 3
CH-6834 Morbio Inferiore

Artphilein Library
via Ferruccio Pelli 13
CH-6900 Lugano

Spazio 1929
via Ciseri 3
CH-6900 Lugano

Galleria Doppia V
via Moncucco 3
CH-6900 Lugano

Galleria Daniele Agostini
via Cattedrale 11
CH-6900 Lugano

Associazione Spazio 1b
via Riva A. Caccia 1
CH-6900 Lugano

Atelier Viandanti
via Riva A. Caccia 1
CH-6900 Lugano

Erich Lindenberg Art Foundation
Museo Villa Pia
via Cantonale 24
CH- 6948 Porza

Visarte Ticino
strada di Pregassona 33
CH-6963 Pregassona

Galleriaramo
via Natta 31
IT-22100 Como

Casa Corti
Pellio Intelvi
IT-22020 Como

11a Biennale dell'Immagine
Chiasso
5.10 - 8.12.2019

CRASH – a clash, an accident, a fall, a collision, a permanent fracture. CRASH is a thrill, an emotion, fear, pain, death and panic. Having to start over from square one. CRASH is rebirth, hope, liberation, revolution, desire and the stimulus to continue to grow. CRASH is trauma, depression, defeat, a black hole, slipping downwards, into the darkness. CRASH is destruction and construction, stasis and dynamicity, contrast, friction, between past and present, between concreteness and abstraction, spirit and matter.

CRASH is Arnold Odermatt in his flawless police uniform. CRASH is Boris Mikhailov climbing over the gates of the great abandoned crematory in Kiev. CRASH is the young utopians of the ECAL who discover the truth about utopia on Monte Verità. CRASH is all the others, along with their images, be they still or moving, single or multiple, in black and white or in colour. With their spot-on projects, their reasoning perhaps still a little confused yet which will soon become clear. CRASH is a flow of ideas that runs no risk of drying up, one that skids, brakes but then sets off again even faster than before. It’s a fragile yet flexible construction, within which everyone may find their own place and their own point of view. CRASH is photographs, films, words, Polaroids and photographic novels. Time, places, appointments, times and programmes. Two years squeezed into two months. Most of all, CRASH is people who want to express themselves, communicate, speak out, shout out and freak out. Because with CRASH anything can happen, although everyone keeps wondering what kind of world it would be without CRASH.