Time is Love 5, Milano (Italy), [.Box] Video Art Project Space

2012 January 10 - 30

Group exhibition with Neven Allanic, Nina Backman, Larry Caveney, Michael Chang, Michael Douglas Hawk, Glenn Church, Kokou Ekouagou, Elastic group, William Esdale, Samba Fall, Isidora Ficovic, Irina Gabiani, Xavier Gautier, Hermelinde Hergenhahn, Grace Kim, Ulf Kristiansen, Adamo Macri, Charlotte Merino, Tristan Mory, Hervé Penhoat, Pier Giorgio de Pinto, Alicja Rogalska, Nadiah Shazana, Alysse Stepanian, Simone Stoll, Saliou Traoré, Fernando Velasquez, Wai Kit Lam and Masha Yozefpolsky.
Curator : Kisito Assangni.

Harsh Feelings

The new edition of Time is Love is based on the difficulties experienced by the earthmen to love. Simply love. Being in connection with the Other is not an easy thing in present times. We attend a fold of the individualities, a fainted solidarity and a blatant indifference for the Other. Love is a universal theme, within the reach of each. It comes along with the biggest human sufferings: the refusal, the solitude, the evil to be, the vengeance, the treason, the disappointment, the shame. The loving feelings recover the desert of our biggest troubles as our most beautiful enjoyments. Thirty selected artists venture on the thread of this tricky ambivalence. They deliver us without concession a range of complexities, bitternesses and passions generated by human relationships.

The selection operated by Kisito Assangni (artist and curator) states multiple sufferings, tearings and impossibilities of rapprochement. The presented bodies are in the heart of these individual and collective tightnesses. They are the main vectors passing on the notions of voracious passion, nostalgia and sensual slowness.

Each of the artists leads an interdisciplinary practice bringing a questioning and a criticism on a system of relation to others which appears to us as being dying. Difficult, complex relations, which faint gradually for the benefit of personal, economic and coarse interests. Each of the presented movies scrutinizes with attention the vestiges of these human connections which it is today necessary to reactivate and to resuscitate. Videos deal with prevented communications (Larry Caveney), globalization (Alysse Stepanian, Samba Fall), disturbed feelings (Nadiah Shazana, Michael Baastrup Chang), spirituality (Glenn Church, Masha Yozefpolsky), solitudes (Grace Kim, Hermelinde Hergenhahn), memories (Elastic Group, Xavier Gautier) and sensory abstractions (Fernando Velasquez).

At the centre of these loving quests, bodies translate a profound distress, both personal and collective. They are prostrate, failed (Hervé Penhoat), suffering (Charlotte Merino), meaning (Pier Giorgio de Pinto and Franko B.), inanimate, voracious (Alicja Rogalska), burning (Isidora Ficovic), sensual (Laurent Fiévet, William Esdale), abandoned (Simone Stoll), surrounded (Tristan Mory), utopian (Ulf Kristiansen) or still discouraged (Irina Gabiani). Love, in the most infinite sense of the term, crosses bodies and expresses itself every time differently. We confront ourselves to many feelings, intricate situations and multiple individualities.

The dance plays an important role in this research to reach the Other. Dance in front of the crowd, of the elements (Wai Kit Lam, Michael Douglas Hawk), to one even, to the nature (Neven Allanic), to the shadows. Dance, put our body in movement and communicate indefatigably. Dance to resist and not give in to the space. Dance to deceive clichés, standards and conventions. Here, to dance becomes an action of survival, renewal and obstinacy. By means of performances, the artists execute fragile, deprived and intimate choreographies. They proceed each to their way with various second readings of the social habits, the feelings, the contradictions and the impossibilities owed to the current world. So, codes are deconstructed, diverted and criticized for the benefit of an awareness of a visible individualism.

If Time is Love.5 raises a dark portrait of the human feelings, lights of hopes live and resist nevertheless. If today the time is synonymic money, Time is Love strives to avert the gaze towards more essential values so that the time can rhyme with that of the love, the gathering and the let go. Love as universal feeling extricates itself here from traditional clichés and from a timeless idealism. It is declined, scrutinized and translated with depth and intensity, just like the complexity of mankind.

Julie Crenn

[.Box] Video Art Project Space
Via Federico Confalonieri 11
20124, Milano (Italy).

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