¿frontera esta_tal?

Find out more and take part in the event: “¿frontera esta_tal? | Gigi Piana

Lines and borders are used to represent our identities. A theme that has become increasingly important and it is one of the most widespread interpretation keys of today’s reality. Also in Catalonia and in Spain the question “who we are” is at the centre of the political and social debate. Piana’s work remembers us that identity is not a destiny, but a set of decisions: we not only decide where to draw the borders, but these lines can always be moved and redesigned.

¿frontera esta_tal? develops from a joint reflection of Gigi Piana and ramodoro and questions the essentialistic vision of identity and the immobility of boundaries.

The critical approach of cultural anthropology reveals how identity is not an immutable essence, but a social convention result of the relationship between subjects. Following the artist’s work is an opportunity to critically think about the creative process of identity and borders production.

There are many types of borders. Some are tangible, physical, other times we are dealing with symbolic, cultural, more fleeting and invisible boundaries. We talk about walls and barbed wire, migrations, sufferings and hopes. It also means talking about people challenging them and crossing them, sometimes even by risking their lives.

Gigi Piana’s work expresses tangibly the meditation on the concepts of boundary and border. The shapes and materials of ¿frontera esta_tal? embody all the ambiguity of the concept of boundaries, the unsolved questioning and the iridescent reality of something that at the same time separates and unites, protects and creates the opportunity for the exchange.

The shapes translate the three-dimensionality, but their perfect and univocal all-round is cracked into two parts, the self (or the us) and the other. The spheres have mirroring surfaces, reminding to the visitor-actor that in order to have proof of their own existence we need to get out of ourselves and our boundaries, and see us in the body of the others. We need to become aware that we are part of the whole and therefore everyone is responsible for changes. Finally, the transparent surfaces recall a movement of interpenetration and crossing. Even the two-dimensionality of the planispheres is not so unequivocal. In the artworks of Gigi Piana, the technique of weaving disarticulate the flattening surface and returns dynamism: even the clearest line of demarcation is the result of convergences and intersections of plots and warps and every line is ready to cross the boundaries of the frames.

In doing so the artwork can be seen as iconographies of the changing world, it opens to possible changes: plots and warps move the existing reality to redefine new worlds, perhaps, new ways.

Piana will create a carpet-textile – together with the participants-visitors – and later it will be hung as a symbol of the possibility of dialogue or confrontation.

We are waiting for you from 23/02 to 03/03 in the exhibition spaces of Espronceda in Barcelona. Thursday 22/03 at 7.30 pm the artist is going to inaugurate the exhibition with a performance. Find out more and take part in the event: “¿frontera esta_tal? | Gigi Piana

Short bio

Gigi Piana is a visual artist, he gained international experiences with installations, performance and video. Over the years he has carried out his personal research creating a peculiar personal language that uses transparent materials, red threads, words: minimal elements, both in the wall works of art and in site-specific performances and installations. In the last period his artistic research has evolved in relation to the textile tradition of his hometown Biella with the use of the interweaving of plastic materials that became his own stylistic code.

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Espronceda is a home for art, culture, creativity and education that offers various activities. While welcoming permanent artists, Espronceda provides a platform for dialogue on contemporary art in an international context by launching a dual residency program. The mission of the Artists in Residence program is to invite internationally recognized artists, curators and art critics to Barcelona to present their activities. Espronceda also provides an extensive cultural and educational program, as well as a wide variety of workshops.

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