FONDAZIONE PRADA PRESENTS “SLIGHT AGITATION 4/4: LAURA LIMA” AT ITS MILAN VENUE
“Slight Agitation 4/4: Laura Lima” is the fourth and last chapter of the exhibition project conceived by Fondazione Prada Thought Council, whose current members are Shumon Basar, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Dieter Roelstraete.
A four-part project of newly commissioned site-specific works hosted in sequence within the Cisterna in the Milan venue of Fondazione - including works by Tobias Putrih (Slovenia, 1972), Pamela Rosenkranz (Switzerland, 1979) and Austrian collective Gelitin - , that ends with a final installation by Brazilian artist Laura Lima.
“Horse Takes King” follows Putrih’s installation, engaged with ideas of play, politics and emancipation; Rosenkranz’s intervention that offered visitors a multisensory immersion into a new perception of embodiment and collectivity; and Gelitin showcasing a project explicitly addressing classical architectural archetypes and subverting their rhetoric and monumental components.
Lima’s work is a whimsical attempt to distort the senses that determine our perception through three large sculptures, displayed in the spaces of the Cisterna, each contributing to the formulation of an apparently absurd taxonomy: Bird (2016), Pendulum (2018) and Telescope (2018)
The viewers are invited to elaborate what in astronomical terms is described as a “syzygy”, traditionally intended as a straight-line configuration of three or more celestial bodies in a gravitational system. In this case, the connections between displayed elements cannot be reconducted to one univocal definition. The environment “Horse Takes Kings” prompts is in fact a situational one, in which the three sculptures realized by the artist stand for different roles within a game: the bird stands for the horse, the class is a space for collective enquiry and lastly the pendulum represents the game’s challenge. The King, an imaginary central figure at play, remains an immaterial presence, representing an all-encompassing power and the main antagonist.
From the 15th of June to the 22th of October 2018 at Fondazione Prada’s Milan venue.