FRANTI, FUORI! – Diego Marcon at Careof

Diego Marcon, Untitled (Head falling 05), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Diego Marcon, Untitled (Head falling 05), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

When visiting Diego Marcon’s FRANTI, FUORI!, disquieting shades and shapes can already be discerned on the doorstep. When adjusting my gaze in the darkness, I get a feeling that this exhibition is neither in need of visitors, nor of their approving look. The world of cinema has borrowed its guise for the exhibition, where I can first distinguish a set of film projectors, standing aloof in the darkness, proposing an eternal loop. I realize there is no guided path provided in this exhibition, no anticipatory narrative present: the elements in the space are standing on their own, developing eventually into sculptural proposals.

Diego Marcon, FRANTI, FUORI!, exhibition view 2015. Photo: Edoardo Pasero. Courtesy the artist.

Diego Marcon, FRANTI, FUORI!, exhibition view 2015. Photo: Edoardo Pasero. Courtesy the artist.

Diego Marcon, FRANTI, FUORI!, exhibition view 2015. Photo: Alessandro Nassiri. Courtesy of the artist.

Diego Marcon, FRANTI, FUORI!, exhibition view 2015. Photo: Alessandro Nassiri. Courtesy of the artist.

Upon entering the space I can find a gnome statue, whose posture is something reminiscent of a crucifixion: surrender or a failure are inevitably the first things coming to my mind. Yet, this outdoor garden gnome, in its extra-large format, is not stealing the spotlight: it is placed in the darkness, as if in the background of the ongoing show. This obscure figure provides some key elements of this uncanny universe: having access to nooks and hidden motives, it becomes the manifestation of the unconsciousness, but also, of mistakes of nature – something apart.

Diego Marcon, Untitled (Head falling 01), 2015. Courtesy the artist.

Diego Marcon, Untitled (Head falling 01), 2015. Courtesy the artist.

Four films on loop, animations on ink and scratches on film, are projected on the surrounding walls. In Untitled– Head falling 01; 02; 04; 05 (2015) abstract, yet organic figures in movement appear: these animated portraits find themselves on the verge of falling asleep and subsequently, of waking up – over and over again. Loud noise fulfilling the space belongs to the fifth film, Untitled (All pigs must die): an extract from Winnie-the-Pooh film, suggesting once again a scene of falling asleep and waking up. The moment is lingering somewhere in between consciousness and unconsciousness: when awake, are we only able to reach fragments of real(ity)?

View of the installation, Careof, Milano, IT. Photo: Alessandro Nassiri. Courtesy the artist.

View of the installation, Careof, Milano, IT. Photo: Alessandro Nassiri. Courtesy the artist

View of the installation, Careof, Milano, IT. Photo: Edoardo Pasero. Courtesy of the artist.

View of the installation, Careof, Milano, IT – Photo: Edoardo Pasero. Courtesy of the artist

FRANTI, FUORI! results from a period of residency at Careof. When 7000 videos are at hand, the possibility for exhaustion seems plausible: images become worn and fatigue appears. The focus is turned towards the ontological idea of the archive: here, the artist doesn’t reveal their secrets, but rather, by embracing the mysterious and uncanny dimension of archives and using them as a backdrop, his work gives form to a new hidden element. The exhibition embodies a figure, or rather a feeling, which is detached, out of place, out of time.

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