Massimo Grimaldi

Massimo Grimaldi’s works tend to arouse a condition of doubt, just as they call into question many different aspects of reality. For some years Grimaldi has questioned above all his own role as an artist and his relationship with a system like that of contemporary art, the economics of which has lead him to raise urgent questions of an ethical nature that are difficult to ignore. Nurturing these doubts, the artist began to participate systematically in numerous competitions, and every time he has won, he has chosen to assign most of the prize money to Emergency, the Italian organization that, since 1994, has offered free, high quality medical-surgical assistance to the civilian victims of wars, anti-personnel mines and poverty. Emergency’s Paediatric Centre in Goderich, Photos Shown On Two Apple iMac Core i3s, belongs to this series. The work, for which the artist won the 2009 Fellowship for Young Italian Artists, awarded by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, in keeping the method Grimaldi has developed, presents what the artist calls “affective reportage,” a sequence of images shot in the hospital in Sierra Leone that is the recipient of his donation. The images are shown on the screens of two Macintosh computers, as the title describes. This choice, also seen in the other works in the series, becomes an integral part of the work, which specifies the use of the most advanced commercial model available from the Cupertino company at the time of the work’s creation. The juxtaposition between the western high-tech computer vehicle and the documentation it contains — Sierra Leone has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world — helps to anchor the viewer’s experience to a precise time and place.