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MALÙ: a multimedia art exhibition by Invernomuto

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 ottobre 2015

malùToronto Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto Free admission. MALÙ is the first personal exhibit of the duo Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi, 1983; Simone Trabucchi, 1982) in Toronto. The exhibit wishes to present the recent path the duo is following, which explores Italy’s colonial past, a few exotic stereotypes of last century’s media and a selection of ethno-marketing cases in Italy. The exhibit consists in a central video – MALÙ – The Stereotype of the Black Venus in Italy – which is also the name of the exhibit, a bi-dimensional original work produced for the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto and it includes a wall-mounted sculpture.
MALÙ – The Stereotype of the Black Venus in Italy is a video-essay screened at the exhibition Nero su Bianco (Black on White) (American Academy in Rome, curated by Lyle Ashton Arris, Peter Benson Miller and Robert Storr). This film examines the construction of the image of the black female body in Italian society, from the colonial age to modern times. The detrimental stereotypes that date back from the XIX century: the European fascination with Saartjie Baartman, the so-called “Hottentot Venus”; the reappearance of photographs of Abyssinian women commissioned by the Istituto Luce; in Italian cinema of the 60s and 70s; in the advertising campaigns of the 80s; more recently, in the media frenzy surrounding Berlusconi and Ruby Rubacuori.
TABÙ is a bi-dimensional work in Plexiglas that includes a series of icons and logos of Italian brands that, consciouslyistituto italiano cultura toronto or not, have created examples of ethno-marketing; coffee, chocolate and desert brands in particular. The work is a cataloguing of representations of black and African diversity: faces, masks deprived of their textual reference or their brand identity. The finish and the material of the object evoke contemporary corporate imagery.
During the 20 years of Fascism there was a cruel and racist nursery rhyme with Mickey Mouse as protagonist, who arrives in Abyssinia to kill “the Moors”, a derogatory term used to indicate Muslims and Berbers of North Africa. Topolino in Abissinia is a sculpture in resin of Mickey Mouse’s hand; the wall-mounted work seems to extend itself towards the audience to ask them an explanation and to shed a bad light on the reputation of the worldwide pop icon.
Simone Bertuzzi (b. 1983) and Simone Trabucchi (b.1982) have been collaborating as Invernomuto since 2003. Although they primarily work in moving image and sound, Invernomuto also integrate sculpture, publishing, and performance in their practice. Recent solo exhibitions include Artspeak, Vancouver (2015), Wondo Genet, AuditoriumArte, Rome (2015), Anabasis Articulata, Triennale di Milano, Milan (2014), Marsèlleria, Milan (2014), Negus – Far Eye, Museion, Bozen (2014), I-Ration, ar/ge kunst, Bozen (2014), The Celestial Path, GAMeC, Bergamo (2013) and Simone, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara (2011). Group shows and festivals (selection): Nero su Bianco, American Academy in Rome, Rome (2015), La Scrittura degli Echi, MAXXI, Rome (2015), Glitch. Interferenze tra arte e cinema in Italia, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2014), Black Star Film Festival, Philadelphia (2014), Così Accade, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2014), Terre Vulnerabili, Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2011) and Netmage 09, Bologna (2009). In 2013 Invernomuto was a finalist in the 9th Edition of the Furla Art Award and won the first edition of the MERU ART*SCIENCE Award. In 2014 they obtain a funding from MiBAC to conclude Negus, their first full-length film due to be released at the end of 2015; the film has also been selected for Berlinale Talents (Berlin), in 2014. Bertuzzi and Trabucchi also pursue individual practices in the field of music, performing under the names Palm Wine and Dracula Lewis respectively. They live and work in Milan and Vernasca. (malù, istituto itlaiano cultura)

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