Double V, Marseille / Paris
For its second participation in Art-O-Rama Double V gallery is pleased to introduce a new focus on the work of Ugo Schiavi. The project is a continuation of his installation for the Voyage à Nantes 2021, and his solo exhibition at the Réattu Museum, where different forms of knowledge collide, from ancient culture to that of industrial overproduction.
On the first hand, the booth includes a series of recent sculptures entitled «Gorgons», which address issues of hybridization and contamination in the Anthropocene era.
On the other hand, the gallery presents for the first time the film « Main Stream Memory », which takes the viewer on a perpetual drift of relics from yesterday and today, and raises the question of the status of the archaeological object and its future.
Finally, a sculpture/fountain specially produced for the occasion operates a link between the sub-aquatic dimension of the video and the nature of the sculptures, real ecosystems of plastiglomerate where marine plants, shells and human artifacts cohabit.
Ugo Schiavi’s sculptures are presented as fragments of bodies eroded by time, destined for an archaeology
of the future. To the glorious and petrified statuary, the artist molds and grafts contemporary elements in order to weave together historical archive and collective memory.
His recent creations are the result of several years of research and experimentation on issues of hybridization and contamination in the Anthropocene era. In keeping with his practice of taking and capturing the outside world, the artist produces telescopes of temporality and civilisation ranging from ancient culture to that of industrial overproduction. He conceives hybrid beings: a sort of composite chimera made up of heterogeneous objects and materials, as if springing from the unconscious of our post- industrial societies.
This exhibition at Art-o-rama is the culmination of what Ugo Schiavi has been developing for nearly three years, the last institutional chapter of which is currently being held at the Bastille Art Center in Grenoble. This before presenting the results of new experiments in mid-September at the Biennale de Lyon.