Where is my home? Graham Fagen, Flavio Favelli. The exhibition explores issues of 'home' or specifically of leaving one's home: moving, being forced to leave, to sell-up, or emigrate. The loss of a house/home, carries with it the risk of loss of identity. A personal environment is our compass in space and time.
where is my home?'
Graham Fagen, Flavio Favelli
The exhibition entitled "la mia casa dov'Ã¨? where is my home?" curated by Vittorio Urbani - director of Nuova Icona, Venice - consists of works by the artists Flavio Favelli (Italy) and Graham Fagen (Scotland). The exhibition explores issues of "home" or specifically of leaving one's home: moving, being forced to leave, to sell-up, or emigrate. The loss of a house/home, carries with it the risk of loss of identity. A personal environment is our compass in space and time. Romans measured the world distances as distances from Rome, i.e. from home. When we say "China is a distant country", this "distance" is meaningless for Chinese people but a useful criterion for us. The eventual return brings new risks: feelings of disappointment and loss of familiarity.
Graham Fagen (Glasgow, 1966) is an artist exploring with humour the context of contemporary visual culture, through the use of different media. For this exhibition Fagen explores the contradictory legacy of the last Stuarts: a name familiar to all Scots. Although the Jacobean movement seems to be long dead, the issues of traditional Scottish identity are cogent in the time of the debate and confused perspectives, which arise through the process of Devolution which Great Britain is undergoing. The artist work from within his own national tradition and historical problems, and carves an unlikely new identity for the Scottish national hero, the last Stuart 'Bonnie prince Charlie'. Who could be more at home in Scotland that a local gentleman? But in reality the figure in question suffered the troubles of exile and death in Rome. In the context of contemporary society, heroes and super-heroes are familiar figures in which common people put unrealistic expectations of hope and revenge. Maybe the return to London of the Young Pretender - as the Prince is historically known - could give a thrill of a dangerous disturbance to that - at least partially soul-less and bureaucratic - process of Devolution.
Flavio Favelli (Firenze, 1967) works in spaces which have lost their identity and function, like dilapidated factories, abandoned buildings and the like. From found objects and wasted materials, he is able to create poetic but powerful installations of 'quasi-furniture' - things that seems to have a functional attitude although mysteriously maintaining an esthetic nature. For the show in London, Favelli will install a 'grand' mirror (in Italian, one 'specchiera') in the first floor hall and a few more furniture-sculptures, like a large carpet and side tables which play with the concept of elegant housing and at the same time retain a feel of temporariness and poverty. An impoverished nobleman is perhaps the dweller of Favelli's palace. The exhibition has been commissioned - and is substantially funded - by the Italian Cultural Institute of London. The two artists will create new work, and will re-install it personally. The exhibition is conceived as migrant - rather than 'travelling'. The exhibition will later travel to Venice, at the Nuova Icona's gallery. An additional showing ('migration') in Istanbul is planned. At each venue the show will be reshaped according the local characteristics.
Image: 'La vetrina dell'ostensione I', via Rialto, BO, 2001.
curator: Vittorio Urbani
opening: Thursday October17th, 6.00 p.m.
period: until November 20; opening hours 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
Italian Cultural Institute, London