Mudec – Museo delle Culture
via Tortona 56, Milano
May 15th – September 15th 2019
MUDEC PHOTO hosts the second photographic exhibition since its opening and has entrusted Liu Bolin with the task of recounting his art in person, with a performance, one month before the opening of the exhibition, expressly created for the MUDEC which has, as a background, the iconic pieces of its permanent collection, and especially with a exhibition “Visible Invisible”.
“Visible Invisible” is an exhibition specially designed for the exhibition spaces of the MUDEC, promoted by the Municipality of Milano-Cultura, MUDEC and produced by 24 ORE Cultura, in collaboration with the Boxart Gallery, curated by Beatrice Benedetti.
Emblematic places, social issues, known and secret cultural identities: Liu Bolin endorses the poetics of hiding to become thing among things, to show that all the places, all the objects, even the smallest ones, have a soul that characterizes them and in which one can blend, vanish, identify himself into the Whole: a philosophy born in the East, but which has conquered the entire world, especially the Western one.
Contradictions between past and present, between power, wielded and power endured; it is the opposite and complementary interpretation of the nature of things, documented by the images of Liu Bolin. Denunciation? Critical reflection? Political and social protest? Liu Bolin’s photographs have different levels of interpretation, besides their expressive immediacy.
Behind the photographic shot which ends in a moment there is the artist’s study, installation, painting, performance: a realization process that can also last days, to show how an artistic photographic image is never the fruit of chance, but the synthesis of an often complex creative process, which reveals the artist’s conscience and his intimate knowledge of reality in all its complexity. It is an interpretation of the photographic performance that the MUDEC PHOTO space fully agrees to, thus not limiting itself to hosting only the regular photographic exhibitions, but broadening its view to include also the world of photography “before the shot”, that universe of preparatory search which is itself an artistic performance, an emotional involvement, waiting for the perfect moment, intimate concentration and teamwork; and finally, the shot.