English / Italian
Hardcover, 29 x 25 cm
One of the ten highlights of the 30th São Paulo Biennial—according to David Ebony of Art in America—was the "majestic and abject" work of the Brazilian artist Thiago Rocha Pitta, which thus gained the international spotlight. Gluck50, a new Milanese cultural player conceived as a residency for artists, has given the Italian audience the chance to appreciate the quality of Rocha Pitta’s work, its imposing materic presence and particular earthy, fossil-like sculptural aesthetic that establishes fascinating links with host sites. The artist’s residency has generated two site-specific works, L'Eremo, a cement-coated curtain that rises from the floor of the Gluck50 gallery, concealing the access to an underground passage, and Il Campo Accampa, a similar semi-nomadic structure installed in the square in front of the church of Santa Maria Incoronata, and containing local flora. The catalogue published by Mousse and Gluck50 offers a photographic overview of the procedure deployed by the artist in the production of these two works, along with critical texts by Leonardo Pivi and Christina Irrgang, which analyze the meaning of these primordial presences and the artist’s ability to treat movement as a stylistic principle.