A selection of artists and their work shown at galleries, off-spaces, showrooms, municipal galleries and private collections in Berlin.
Most of them will be on display for longer – check them out!
Italian artist Luigi Presicce is finally exhibiting in Berlin for the first time, because luckily M+Project organized the exhibition «Nostalgia del Futuro» with the Italian artist who is shortlisted for the Premio Anna Morettini this year. ⠀
Although working in performance art, he dates his initiation to become an artist back to his time as teenager when he got in contact with the large-sized paintings by American artist Julian Schnabel. ⠀
The son of a fisherman was born near Lecce in southern Italy and started with a series of self-portraits on sheets which evokes a certain religious reference: The Veil of Veronica, which became a central icon in the Western Church. ⠀
But it must be clearly stressed that Presicce rejects every religious dogma, even when he integrates religious elements in his works to form a hybrid symbolism that deals with various iconographic and iconologic references and as a consequence creates his own individual mythology. ⠀
The mix of performance and pictoriality was the significance of his work ever since his first works and actually his art can be seen as a form of media art – in a literal sense that it tries to preserve the special quality of intermediality and stimulate comunication between different spheres which can’t be clearly devided by general logic. This combination is defined by «tacit knowledge» and its connected skills, ideas and experiences – like sailing does require it or like it is embodied in artistic performances. ⠀
Also modernist movements incorporated this special, sometimes «magic» wisdom – a part of the history of modernism which is mostly ignored, but to a greater extent inspiring generations of artists. ⠀
They work in this special tradition and never forget about the utopian qualities of historic and tacit wisdom – the way Luigi Presicce incorporates it is just striking. •