In 2003, Sergio Risaliti, once director of the Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena and active at the moment as an independent curator, has created the project: “Multitudes-Solitudes. More other and I”. A general reflection on the dualism “multitudes-solitudes”, which inevitably starts from the complex relationship between “crowd” and individual, born out of the event of the twentieth century metropolis. Intuitively it had already been made subject by authors like E.A. Poe, Baudelaire and Benjamin, it finds multiple declinations in the world of art, which, without ever “illustrating” the theme, proposes other questions, different paradigms of interpretation.
Thus not a thematic exhibition, but a theme able to open new hypothesis, a series of works which draw from several environments, but which – at the end – lead to a common denominator, as these works can be subdivided into nuclei of meaning. Works of art which enter more into a comparison with merely spatial and architectonical situations and stage actual “cells of habitations” become the subject of a complex exchange between the inside and the outside, the world and the self, among these we find works by Pierpaolo Campanini, Loris Cecchini, Atelier van Lieshout, Costa Vece, Andrea Zittel, and a video by Absalon. The hard, sometimes violent relationship with the others is to be detected in the video by Francis Alÿs, as in the works by Canevari; solitude tout court, as seen in a moment of estrangement from reality and meant as a solipsistic experience is differently faced by Marco De Luca, Armin Linke, Sabrina Mezzaqui and Luca Vitone; solitude in the midst of a crowd felt by Hassan Khan, Kim Sooja, Marco Vaglieri and Cesare Pietroiusti; alienation as the effect of a multitude in the photographs by Anri Sala and in the video by Melik Ohanian. Multitude is interpreted as an indispensable burden, as a condition of a necessary enrichment or simply as a state of chaos by Letizia Cariello, Lara Faveretto, Domenico Mangano and the Stalkers.
As background of the project, the city of Bolzano, crossing of cultures, cradle of multitudes, but at the same time bulwark of solitudes. The show will take place in the rooms of the Museum of modern and contemporary art in Bolzano, but also in different spaces of the town (at the EURAC – European Accademy, Carambolage, at the main-post office, inside courts, at banks, the airport, the university, the municipal swimming-pool).
New works will be exhibited, together with already shown works by both national and international artists, offering therefore an articulated program of video, photographs, installations and paintings.