PETER PAN. LA NECESSITE DU REVE // FONDATION VALMONT
April 23rd, 2022 - February 26th, 2023
Peter Pan. La nécessité du rêve by Fondation Valmont.
Curated by Francesca Giubilei and Luca Berta.
Artists on show: Stephanie Blake, Didier & Valentine Guillon, Silvano Rubino, Isao and Special Guest Gayle Chong Kwan
Location: Fondation Valmont, Palazzo Bonvicini
Calle dell'Agnello 2161/A
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Opening hours: Open everyday, 10 am – 6 pm.
Opening: April 23rd
"For Peter Pan. La nécessité du rêve, we asked our four artists to work in a specific medium – that of the moving image. Choosing the moving image, in all its forms, means addressing the language which, according to Benjamin (who was talking about cinema in this instance), more than any other achieves total success in eliminating the aura – this is what Peter Pan and Neverland are supposed to do, according to our premise. The idea is for the inspiring principle and the means of expression to function in constant friction with each other, thereby opening unexpected faults as seen by the artist. The key difference between this and Benjamin’s analysis is that, while he could already see that the coming of the era of reproducibility meant the distinction between the role of the author and that of the spectator was becoming blurred, and that “any person today can lay claim to being filmed”, in today’s world of technological diffusion, producing and manipulating images is within everyone’s reach. In fact, it is part of everyday life. Today, people don’t need to hope they might be filmed – they can simply film themselves. And with the incessant flow of moving images, they can become the subject of a film by copying, pasting and juxtaposing other people’s images with their own.
The four moving image installations are intended as a distraction from this initial distraction. We asked each of the four artists to work on a theme related to the figure of Peter Pan, representing it with total freedom.
Stéphanie Blake chose to address the topic of freedom, taken to mean detachment from personal responsibility, and the ability to forget.
Didier and Valentine Guillon started with the idea of ambivalence, and of the changes of state between the binary oppositions of adult logic.
Silvano Rubino addressed the topic of infinity, circular temporality and the desire impulse.
Isao was allocated the topic of the creative equilibrium in a field defined by anarchic chaos and rigidity of form."
(Francesca Giubilei and Luca Berta for Peter Pan. La nécessité du rêve)