Tutta la memoria del mondo- All the memory in the world

Until 23 May 2010
The GAM Underground project intends to investigate the relationship between contemporary art and past culture through a series of exhibitions. Following the solo show of English artist Ian Kiaer is All the memory of the world: a collective show featuring Italian and international artists whose practice entails various means of historical reconstruction, its implications, as well as the instruments for the recording and filing of historical events. In dealing with such subjects, the artists have often found themselves on the indefinite threshold that separates fiction from reality, only to opt for their personal and provocatively fictitious constructions of History. Their works witness stories that may have never occurred, but yet they represent quite interestingly our own past. Artists featuring in the exhibition are James Beckett, Dani Gal, Simon Fujiwara, Rossella Biscotti, Sean Snyder, Patrizio Di Massimo, Haris Epaminonda. James Beckett is a South-African born artist based in Amsterdam. His work focuses mainly on the history of important industrial and urban settings with hands-on research in warehouses and archives: he uses and duplicates found objects and documents as if he were building an ethnographic museum of our present. Dani Gal, is an Israeli artist living in Berlin, where he works on the archives of political speeches. He researches the historical means of social education and alters them as to lay bare the processes behind propaganda communication. Simon Fujiwara formulates a homosexual history that has never actually existed, but that may very well be real. He constructs intimate plots underneath the political and public façade of historic characters and institutions, as he uses fiction to show how desire and censorship were just two sides of the same coin. Rossella Biscotti accurately researches archives documents. She investigates emblematic characters of a secretly hidden history and makes them interact with her own particular ways of reconstructing certain facts. The exhibit will feature the installation The Undercover Man, with Joe Pistione - better known as Donny Brasco - being interviewed for the first time, and playing along with the experiment to act as himself on the set of a film noir. Sean Snyder takes to its extreme the reflection on the influence that the different means used to record and archive history have on a possible historic memory. Snyder delves into each means, unveiling any missing content - as well as any added one - in every single image, in every audio track, in every potential memory, whether in digital or analog form.   Patrizio Di Massimo has been exploring the difficult relationship that culture and artists have with their forefathers and their own tradition. An extensive part of his work - as the one included in this show titled The secret proceedings in the trial at Benghazi, 15 September 1931 – deals with aspects of Italian colonialism in Libya, as the artist makes use of icons, symbols and the rhetoric of some of the most problematic pages from Italy’s past. Haris Epaminonda selects objects with a strong historic connotation; they obviously belong to a bygone age, but she never dates them so that their evocative power is set free, beyond any possible chronological order. She combines images of other images creating an overlap between the filter of time and that of recording and recollecting.  She uses the exhibition process of the museum as the means to highlight its aesthetical value over its demonstrative power; to recognize its overlapping role rather than its explanatory one. The exhibition will include a film and video program presenting works of Clemens von Wedemeyer, Cyprien Gaillard, Dani Gal, Zachary Formwalt.   In occasion of the exhibition Archive Books is publishing a reader titled Tutta la memoria del mondo, All the memory in the World, dedicated to the relationship between art and historical methods through a choice of influential texts, documents and images. Archive Books contributes to the exhibition with a reading room composed of books dedicated to the subject.