Get Rid of Yourself (Ancora Ancora Ancora)

Until 8 November
20 Days until closure

" How long does it take your brain to realise that you didn't blink but that I switched off the light? " Erica van Loon

On August 23rd 1978, Mina's face was recorded for the last time in the images of "Ancora Ancora Ancora", filmed at the Bussola di Viareggio. It’s the year of the kidnapping of Aldo Moro and the beginning of the "reflux", the return to the private that marks the end of the revolt season of the '77 Movement in Italy. For the following 23 years the "Tigre di Cremona" (Tiger of Cremona) will refuse all offers to appear in public, becoming for the entire world only and exclusively a voice. The singer will never declare the reasons for her choice.

On September 23rd 2019 at 7.00 PM at the Fondazione Baruchello inaugurates the third edition of the Summer Show, in which carte blanche is given to young curators who have the opportunity to create an exhibition. This edition will extend the summer to the threshold of fall becoming for the occasion Late Summer Show 2019.

Get Rid of Yourself (Ancora Ancora Ancora) is the project conceived by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti and selected by a committee composed by Edoardo Bonaspetti, artistic director of the Fondazione Henraux; Alessandra Mammì, art historian and journalist at L'Espresso; Roberta Tenconi, curator at HangarBicocca and Gianfranco Baruchello, honorary president and artistic director of the Fondazione Baruchello.

The exhibition presented in the spaces of the foundation is a collective sound exhibition that takes shape in the dark. The project investigates the production of an imaginary in the absence, reflecting on the political possibilities to inhabit invisibility. Disseminated in a sound path, built in collaboration with the collective ALMARE, the narrations of the invited artists act in the dark, transforming their privative meaning into a place for the active sharing of practices.

The building seems empty, yet it is inhabited in every space, corner, interspace; turning back upon its own feet a strategy traditionally carried out by institutional critique, the foundation hosts a multiplicity of voices, sounds and situations, which impose in its rooms a type of presence sometimes intimately whispered, sometimes spooky and sharp, and finally claimed with magnificence.

The spaces of the Fondazione Baruchello can thus become a bedroom, a majestic nave and then the streets of a city in revolt; transform themselves into the classroom of a university of anatomy where a

brain is dissected and then metamorphose into the veins and cavernous bodies of that same brain, where thought and sensation interpenetrate each other until they become indistinguishable from the surrounding environment.
The space can be embodied through personal stories and great political narratives that cross it, initiating processes of disidentification that reshuffle the notions of individual conscience and collective body in a progressive negotiation of the concepts of linear time, historical individuality and human reason.

According to Giorgio Agamben, only those who do not let themselves be blinded by the lights of the century and can see in them part of the shadow, their intimate darkness, can be called contemporary.
Get Rid of Yourself (Ancora Ancora Ancora) receives in the face the emission of darkness that comes from its time. With it is proposed a Late Summer Show that takes visitors from the warm and sunny urban space to the fresh and alienating darkness of the exhibition space. The duration of the exhibition is the same that the eyes take to get used to the absence of light, in which the limit between awareness and unconsciousness is weakened. As Erica van Loon suggests in the track presented in the exhibition: "How long does it take your brain to realise that you didn't blink but that I switched off the light?"

With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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