'Expect truth but not beauty.'
‘Pro Bono Malum’ is how Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso ends. An allegory of a modern man who needs madness to survive himself. A body that is ill, insane, searching its senses, so lost that it has landed on the Moon. The lunar landscape is described as the accumulation of objects abandoned on earth, becoming an opportunity to ironise about the vanity of human occupations and the reliance on magical nonsense. A collection of plasters lost in Milan is creating new constellations above the light of the moon investing the Hošek Contemporary. A celestial map of forgotten objects will substitute the Zodiac Man, an archetype of our body, redesigning its shape and symbolic narrative. The psychosomatic body will thus be brought to light, its pain dissected and its sense rediscovered, in order to not forget itself, again.
The site-specific exhibition focuses on the characteristics of the Motor Ship Heimatland, which resonate with a sound installation realised in collaboration with Luca Longobardi. A satellite exhibition at Superfluo in Milan is linking the two spaces as the bounded Moon-Earth couple. The moonscape, whose metaphor celebrates absence, will be inhabited by the performers Heather Green and Marco Labellarte, who will interpret the artist's vision through their bodies in different times during the exhibition period.
The Vergissmeinnicht Artist Book will guide the visitor on this journey between the body and the cosmos, thanks to its transparent pages merging with the reader's hands. The book includes texts by the artist himself, Philipp Lange, Superfluo and Petr Hošek. Edited by Linda Toivio. The book is available in 20 copies signed by the artist. Pre-order the artist book via firstname.lastname@example.org. Price : 280,- €.
About the artist:
Marco Siciliano (Caltagirone, 1991) is an Italian artist based in Berlin. Through the analysis of psychosomatic pain and proxemics distances, he investigates relationships among bodies, transliterated into multidisciplinary works. The space assumes a pivotal role in his research, a field where bodies acquire coordinates to appear in intimate places or in unknown landscapes, hiding and fragmenting themselves as we silently observe their slow dissolution between the public and the private. Photography and its serial accumulation act as a leitmotiv of his research. The single elements, multiplied in collections, are collected in self-published books. Siciliano graduated in Interior Design from the Politecnico di Milano and is currently attending the Monica Bonvicini Class in Sculpture at Universität der Künste Berlin.