2018 Dimensions variable.
Pigmented cement. Copper anodes.
Transfer continues to explore the notions of consumption, history and production of ritual artifacts by expanding on my earlier work in Rome. This is a second solo exhibition at Ex-Elettrofonica following Disturbances and Downfall at American Academy in Rome.I follow the earlier explorations by engaging anatomical ex-voto practice. The request for divine intervention by means of a votive offering, an ancient as well as a contemporary ritual, is juxtaposed with the contemporary desire for a constant upgrade of the consumer object – from everyday use technology and electronics to the remaking of the body itself.
Artifacts presented in the exhibition are once again packaging casts; this time, however, the casts are of products related to the body: products, tools, and anatomical models used for study in medical school. The assemblage of these casts in the context of the gallery draws parallels with iconology of ideograms, text and code with hidden meaning and purpose, referencing the aspirational and instrumental character of textualized communication. The body is always fluctuating between a fragmented entity and an apparent whole, a phenomenon that is equally applicable to texts. The etymology of the word “metaphor” (from the Greek metapherein, to transfer) is translated into the title of the exhibition.