‘Non Non Non’ – Visiting the exhibition with Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi
Author(s): De Rosa, Miriam
Non-political, non-aesthetic, non-educational, non-progressive, non-cooperative, non-ethical, non-coherent: contemporary. It is after this list of negations that Hangar Bicocca in Milan decided to name Non Non Non, the first Italian retrospective dedicated to Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi’s installations. Taken from a watercolour by the artists and placed at the entrance of the exhibition space, this formula apparently collides with the engaged, historical themes featuring the works selected by curator Andrea Lissoni with Chiara Bertola, but it perfectly synthesises the authors’ philosophy. This is what immediately emerges upon meeting them: ‘[w]e are interested in the present’, Yervant Gianikian says. ‘Our films and installations deal with those stories that defined our present as it is.’ Therefore, hard work on ancient archival reels transforms these materials into images, which acquire a new contemporary substance.
De Rosa, Miriam: ‘Non Non Non’ – Visiting the exhibition with Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi. In: NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, Jg. 1 (2012), Nr. 2, S. 346–357. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5117/NECSUS2012.2.DERO.
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