From 03 May 2011 to 04 September 2011
curated by Andrea Bellini
Castello di Rivoli is presenting a special project by Andro Wekua (Suhumi, Georgia, 1977) conceived specifically for the Museum and created thanks to the support of the CRT Foundation.
In the prestigious and historical spaces of Castello di Rivoli, visitors will come into contact with the refined imagination of this young Georgian artist, through collages, paintings, wax sculptures and an architectural model. The latter is inspired by a building in Suhumi, his native city, from which he was forced to flee with his family in 1990, due to episodes of ethnic cleansing that were devastating the Abkhazia region. As Andrea Bellini, curator of the exhibition, states, “For Andro Wekua, Suhumi, today a semi-abandoned city, is a city mirage, an unattainable city, a oneiric place of memory. These memories – in the artist’s work – take shape in part thanks to refined collages, images in motion, and a disquieting series of figurative sculptures, in ceramic or wax, of children and adolescents, figures that seem to come from a remote zone of dream and trauma.”
The exhibition A Neon Shadow fits within the broader context of an exhibition project created in collaboration with the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna and the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, which are hosting, respectively, the exhibitions Never Sleep with a Strawberry in Your Mouth and Pink Wave Hunter. The title of the latter is also the title of the publication – both catalog and artist’s book – that accompanies the exhibition project.
Andro Wekua has been invited to participate in the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, entitled ILLUMInations, curated by Bice Curiger, on the occasion of which he will show the film Never Sleep with a Strawberry in Your Mouth, 2010, a preview screening of which will be presented at Castello di Rivoli in conjunction with this exhibition.