dec 3, 2015 - feb 27, 2016
via a. stradella 4
Raffaella Cortese is pleased to present a second solo show at the
gallery by acclaimed American artist Joan Jonas, renowned pioneer of
performance and video.
Beginning in the 1960s, she placed female
subjectivity at the center of her work, employing a complex linguistic
repertoire including gestures, storytelling and images in movement. A
tireless experimenter, Jonas explores the possibilities inherent to the
interdisciplinary nature of art, a characteristic that has made her a
point of reference for a younger generation of artists.
recent works mainly focus on the fragility of nature and its
relationship with the human dimension, as in Reanimation, partly
inspired by the writings of Icelandic author Halldór Laxness, and They
Come to Us without a Word, the greater installation at the 56th Venice
Biennale, to name but a few.
In her installations, videos and
performances nothing is merely described, but rather evoked through the
senses. Although the idea of my work involves the question of how the
world is so rapidly and radically changing, I do not address the subject
directly or didactically, said Jonas. Rather, the ideas are implied
poetically through sound, lighting and the juxtaposition of images of
children, animals and landscape.
The show at the gallery comes
together with Jonas international recognition after her major traveling
exhibition Light Time Tales firstly presented at the Hangar Bicocca
in Milano; now on show at the Malmö Konsthall and of course her
installation in the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
will present a series of works coming right from the Venice
installation, two never-before-seen videos and a series of drawings
conceived expressively for the gallery space in via Stradella 4.