WHAT HAS LEFT SINCE WE LEFT by Giulio Squillacciotti, on show at Careof in Milan from April 20th to May 23rd, 2021.
An exhibition project, curated by Marta Cereda, which questions the value and meaning of European identity, the linguistic issue, the apparently marginal roles in significant historical moments. A project talking about collapse, migration, conflict, hope; discussing points of view, neutrality, distortion, impartiality, translations; addressing inheritance, separation, abandonment, divorce.
Through a film, some sculptures, light boxes and scenic apparatus, in the spaces of Fabbrica del Vapore, Giulio Squillacciotti stages a plausible narrative, constructs a fiction that could be documentary: but the end of Europe has not yet been sealed, but the portraits of the politicians immortalise actors, but the objects we see are ceramic casts.
The artist's work is based on the sophistication of real events of a historical-anthropological nature, which he addresses through video, audio and set design. Squillacciotti's investigation focuses on the one hand on the idea of staging, and on the other on that of point of view, on an inversion of roles between protagonists and extras, on a shift that is not only linguistic, but becomes semantic: political discourses are an allegory for talking about personal, sentimental and family problems.
The exhibition represents the conclusion of a research on these themes that the artist has been carrying out since 2019, started during a residency at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and developed thanks to the awards of ArteVisione and Italian Council, with the production of the project by Careof.
At the same time of the exhibition, GAMeC is hosting at Spazio Zero a selection of films by Giulio Squillacciotti, who has been selected by the museum located in Bergamo for Artists' Film International, a prestigious network dedicated to video art that has involved some of the most important international contemporary art institutions since 2008.
In June 2021, WHAT HAS LEFT SINCE WE LEFT will be presented at the Museo Civico di Castelbuono, which acquired the work in its collection.
The project is completed by a book published by Onomatopee with a graphic design by Studio Temp and in-depth articles by Ayşe Zarakol, Marwan Moujaes, Federico Lodoli, Marina Lalovic and Erica Petrillo, together with a European timeline from World War II to Brexit edited by Enrico De Gasperis.