The Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade participates in the 17th edition of Contemporary Art Day, the major event promoted by AMACI – Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums, with the support and participation of the Italian Embassies, Consulates and Cultural Institutes abroad.
To mark the occasion, the Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade will present, from 6 December 2021 to 5 January 2022, the video installation ‘Patrizio’ by Massimo Ricciardo, a piece chosen from the project ‘Cantica21: Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere‘. A joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) and the Ministry of Culture (MiC), “Cantica 21” was launched in September 2020 with the aim of promoting research and practice in the contemporary visual arts.
Fifty years ago, Patrizio Decembrino, moved by the desire to build a chapel to fulfil a sense of duty that he felt growing within him, decided to build a meeting place and place of worship for the faithful in the surrounding area on the mule track next to his house. His building emerged from nature as a complex but fragile construction, a form of architecture which is as fantastic as it is delirious, a dream that brought his idea of beauty to life without submitting to social conventions and which was far from the aesthetic aims of traditional art. Through the eyes of its protagonist, the film recounts the day of preparations for the procession dedicated to the Madonna del Tindari. The chapel, which is only revealed at the end, becomes the pretext for a silent journey into the emotional world of its creator. An accumulation of relics, it becomes a veritable archive of memory, expressing the artist’s world of imagination.
Massimo Ricciardo (Darmstadt, 1979) lives and works in Turin. He studied at the Academy of Florence and the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. He works with archival images, photographs, publications and amateur videos, along with with objects and sounds. His installations incorporate different materials by laying out a procedure for the creation of a new ‘memory’. Among his personal exhibitions: ‘Frag mén to’, BOCS, Catania (2021); ‘Listening to Voices – in the frame of the Eastern Sugar’, Futura Gallery project, Prague (2021); ‘Visual Politics of (Im-) Mobility’, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2020); ‘Objects of Migration Photo-Objects of Art History: Encounters in an Archive’, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence (2017/20); ‘Luther and the Avantgarde’, Karlskirche Karlsplatz, Kassel (2017); ‘Baustelle Europa/Europe Under Construction’, Kunsthaus, Dresden (2016); ‘Dispossession’, Palazzo Donà Brusa, 56th Biennale, Venice (2015). Winner of the Italian Council 2021.