CRITICS

Title: Foreign bodies. A project to recognize and accept otherness outside and inside oneself
Author: Elena Paloscia
Year: 2019

Corpi estranei, Marco Bolognesi’s new project for the Macro Asilo, is an interactive performance on the routes of immigration and racism, a global theme that affects every corner of the planet, whose urgency is such that, for the artist, it requires first of all awareness.

It is precisely a path towards awareness, which Bolognesi initiates through a profound analysis of the emotions that this reality arouses. Emotions, at times intrusive and unmanageable, which are the real foreign bodies with which to deal, perhaps even more so than a physical presence perceived as “threatening”.
A complex process, which is “conditio sine qua non” to free oneself from that “cognitive dissonance” of which Zygmunt Bauman speaks, in the book Strangers at Our Door, which leads us to “dehumanize the newcomers” excluding them from “the legitimate holders of human rights”.
Bolognesi, who has always elaborated in an allegorical key the theme of the alien and the different, the mutations and the themes inherent to today’s society through the language of cyberpunk and science fiction, using different expressive tools, ranging from collage to photography to video, is trying for the first time with a performative event, revealing a methodological path of research and elaboration of materials and testimonies that he has undertaken for several years.
In the environment #1 of the Macro Asylum he has put his inner space on a table placed in the center of the room where he gives shape, on large sheets of paper, to thoughts and emotions by intervening with colored chalk on texts and images taken from magazines and newspapers collected over time.
Recovering his origins as a draughtsman, the artist has worked on several levels reinterpreting and modifying the numerous visual and textual suggestions, already mediated, of the pages of newspapers.
He intervened with a black and marked outline, juxtaposing and merging with the images present new figures of tribal ancestry, created with dissonant colors with a strong symbolic-expressive value.
Also part of the performance are the direct testimonies of the migrants, sounds that are activated when the visitors pass by and voices that recall the lands of origin, nostalgia, the journey, the suffering, the experience of welcoming, the feeling of estrangement, dreams, pains. Added together, almost as if to counterbalance, the declarations of those affected by “mixtophobia”, of those who, terrified by the harsh realities from which migrants flee, fear being infected by them, of losing their few and precarious privileges, and thus reject them a priori, on the basis of prejudices and ancestral fears that lead to a stigmatization too often artfully manipulated by power.
On the walls, or a white stripe, as a guide welcomed these large-format works as if they were an extension of the inner space that becomes manifest to visitors with new contributions daily updated by the artist.
An intense, involving work, rhythmically marked by the amplified sound of the chalk: a new way, the latter, to give voice to the sign. Thus we have a sort of soundtrack of the performative action which, on the one hand metaphorically echoes the continuous flow of information to which we are subjected, on the other induces us to emerge from indifference and seems to insistently ask for attention and participation.
An involvement that offers the visitor the possibility to “violate”, through his own direct intervention on the works, this intimate space has given life to a polyphony, also visual, of different experiences and points of view.
“Design and instinct are mixed in this last work by Marco Bolognesi, polyform and iridescent in a stylistic choice that looks at popular art, muralism, primitive art and that of the early Twentieth century, winking at comics and cinema. A mix that also goes back to a single hand and a unique thought. Here, for the first time in the artist’s work, drawing acquires an absolute autonomy, becoming an indispensable tool for an investigation in which the objective is the balance between reason and emotion… The story through images that we read in one breath, has a dense and labyrinthine subtext and is the result of the total involvement of the artist who wanted to make it a collective intimate ritual”. An inclusive artistic experiment of comparison that is already in itself a concrete example of acceptance of otherness.

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