F.R.A.C. (Fondo Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea)

RETAKING SPACES

Thinking about the exhibition of the FRAC Piedmont collection, the interventions of
UNIDEE Residents 2011 explore various possibilities of dialogue with architecture as
well as different ways of acting in it, starting from the exhibition space. In fact, a series
of meetings preceded the actual construction of the works, conceiving the show and
developing a creative workshop in order to define the best way of sharing a place not only
in physical terms, but also working on the lines of a collaborative and critical approach.

The difficult relationship between natural element and artificial element to gain space is
one of the themes touched by the works on display. The environmental and economic
crisis – the fact that they go hand in hand may be not a coincidence – force us to
question the premises of the development of contemporary society. In fact the methods
of production generated from the Industrial Revolution have become largely obsolete
and unsustainable. Recently it was pointed out that capitalism just moves his problems
geographically without solving them and raising ecological and ethical questions about our
lifestyle never becomes so urgent as in this historical moment.

The industrial architecture and even more archeology are a perfect example of a claim
of the organic for its survival and it’s very interesting to study the conversion lines of
their original functionality. For organic, in fact, it doesn’t have to be meant only the
natural resources, but also the human creative intervention conceived to give a personal
contribution to those who often become empty containers. UNIDEE Residents highlight the
continuing imbalance of these two elements through a dialogue with some of the artists
from the FRAC collection such as Oscar Tuazon, Lara Almarcegui and Bojan Sarcevic, in
order to reflect also on the material traces left by men in places and their recycling.

The consumistic model carried out without foresight by those who have power in the
economic and political systems is showing even more failures. The invitation to return
to natural cycles, avoiding waste and giving value to the memory that objects can carry
in themselves, gives a clear message to society that often, because of the obsessive
production and the intellectual control, put limits to the progress both individual and
collective, thereby affecting the relation with the space we live everyday.

Nicoletta Daldanise

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