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“Studioli dell’esilio: ricostruire la memoria”

 

“The seasons and the years came and went… and always… one was, as the crow flies, about 2000 km away -­‐ but from where? -­‐ and day by day, hour by hour, with every beat of the pulse, one lost more and more of one’s qualities, became less comprehensible to oneself, increasingly abstract.” (W.G. Sebald, “The Emigrants”)

I luoghi hanno una doppia esistenza. La prima è fisica, e si svolge in maniera fissa attorno alla vita di chi ci abita, di chi ci vive; la seconda è mentale, e si sviluppa nella memoria degli esseri che portano questi luoghi dentro di loro, ovunque vanno. Queste due esistenze divergono, spesso in maniera lenta, invisibile, o a volte in maniera piu brutale, quando i luoghi spariscono fisicamente. Mi interessa lavorare sulle reminiscenze, e le memorie profondi che gli individui trasportono, quando devono spostarsi e reinventare la loro vita dall’

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“Studioli dell’esilio: ricostruire la memoria”

 

“The seasons and the years came and went… and always… one was, as the crow flies, about 2000 km away -­‐ but from where? -­‐ and day by day, hour by hour, with every beat of the pulse, one lost more and more of one’s qualities, became less comprehensible to oneself, increasingly abstract.” (W.G. Sebald, “The Emigrants”)

I luoghi hanno una doppia esistenza. La prima è fisica, e si svolge in maniera fissa attorno alla vita di chi ci abita, di chi ci vive; la seconda è mentale, e si sviluppa nella memoria degli esseri che portano questi luoghi dentro di loro, ovunque vanno. Queste due esistenze divergono, spesso in maniera lenta, invisibile, o a volte in maniera piu brutale, quando i luoghi spariscono fisicamente. Mi interessa lavorare sulle reminiscenze, e le memorie profondi che gli individui trasportono, quando devono spostarsi e reinventare la loro vita dall’altro lato della pianeta, per desiderio o per necessità. Cosa ritengono, cosa dimenticano. Mi affascina l’idea -­‐ magari illusoria -­‐ di ricostruire la memoria, di disegnare le immagini invisibili nascoste dentro la psiche, che sia la mia o quella degli altri.

Essendo nato a Parigi nel 1976, da genitori emigrati in parte dall’Europa (Svizzera, Scandinavia, Inghilterra) e in parte dall’ex-­‐Indocina (Vietnam, Cambodia… e Corsica), sono cresciuto da un lato con i racconti di una memoria piuttosto neutrale e stabile, e dall’altra, con i ricordi spezzati e caotici di una diaspora dispersa dalle guerre che avevano schiacciato il loro paese da oltre trent’anni. Ho imparato che le memorie dei posti perduti, anche quando sono rimosse, sono a volte piu potenti dalle memorie dei posti dove si vive nel presente.

L’artista propone di sviluppare nelle Murate un progetto dedicato alla memoria collettiva degli cittadini di Firenze che sono arrivati nella città tramite migrazioni, esilio, traslocamenti volontari o no: seguendo un protocollo artistico di “disegno mentale”, si tratterebbe di organizzare incontri con questi cittadini, e durante sedute di circa un’ora ciascuna, di chiedergli di raccontarmi -­‐ nel modo piu preciso e intenso possibile -­‐ il ricordo di un luogo che hanno perduto -­‐ per permettermi in tal modo di materializzare dal vivo le loro memorie, le loro visioni mentali, tramite disegni a grande scala che farei sulle pareti di stanze effimere, scenografie di legno o di carta inserite dentro l’archituttura delle Murate; le pareti interni di queste stanze, ricoperte poco a poco dai disegni materializzando questa memoria collettiva, diventando analoghe alle pareti degli studioli rinascimentali, ornate da intarsi o affreschi, rappresentazioni di un mondo invisibile, estensioni dello spazio mentale… una “memoria arteficiosa” materica e organica, realizzata solo con la parola, il ricordo e la mano -­‐ in contrappunto all’onnipresenza delle immagini digitali proliferanti e di quell’altra “intelligenza arteficiale”, quella disincarnata, automatica e vorace.

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Stephan Zimmerli. Studiolo dell’esilio

curated by Valentina Gensini

Opening on May 16, 2024, at 5:30 PM

 

On Thursday, May 16, 2024, Stephan Zimmerli’s installation, winner of the 2024 artist residency grant, dedicated to the collective memory of migrants, exiles, and travellers, will be inaugurated.

 

Studiolo dell’Esilio is the project that visual artist Stephan Zimmerli developed during his residency at MAD Murate Art District. Dedicated to the collective memory of citizens who arrived in Florence due to migrations, exiles, voluntary or unavoidable transfers, the project gathers the memories that twelve citizens of the world, participants in the project, wanted to share with the artist. These stories, materialized in the artist’s drawings, provide a collection of memories, both material and organic, which are brought together within an ephemeral architecture built in the Laura Orvieto hall of MAD Murate Art District.

 

A wooden scenography R

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Stephan Zimmerli. Studiolo dell’esilio

curated by Valentina Gensini

Opening on May 16, 2024, at 5:30 PM

 

On Thursday, May 16, 2024, Stephan Zimmerli’s installation, winner of the 2024 artist residency grant, dedicated to the collective memory of migrants, exiles, and travellers, will be inaugurated.

 

Studiolo dell’Esilio is the project that visual artist Stephan Zimmerli developed during his residency at MAD Murate Art District. Dedicated to the collective memory of citizens who arrived in Florence due to migrations, exiles, voluntary or unavoidable transfers, the project gathers the memories that twelve citizens of the world, participants in the project, wanted to share with the artist. These stories, materialized in the artist’s drawings, provide a collection of memories, both material and organic, which are brought together within an ephemeral architecture built in the Laura Orvieto hall of MAD Murate Art District.

 

A wooden scenography – analogous to that of a Renaissance study – where ornaments and decorations correspond to the manifestation of an invisible world, a mental space constituted by words and memories, translated into images and revitalized by the artist’s graphic sign.

Stephan Zimmerli

Stephan Zimmerli is a visual artist, architect, scenographer and musician, based in Paris.

For the past 25 years, he has been developing a trans-disciplinary artistic practice at the crossroads of Architecture, Theater and Music – with Visual Arts as the core discipline; his constant practice of Drawing is structured and ordered in hundreds of daily sketchbooks forming the basis of a personal art of memory, a “mnemotopia” gravitating around specific themes: time, reminiscence, atmosphere, mental space.

A graduate of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and the Ecole d’Architecture de Belleville in Paris, Stephan Zimmerli completed his diploma project at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland, in Peter Zumthor’s Atelier. Now he works as a freelance architect, designing projects merging sound and space (“Doisneau & la Musique” exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris, Studiolo “Klein Leberau” for singer/musician Rodolp

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Stephan Zimmerli is a visual artist, architect, scenographer and musician, based in Paris.

For the past 25 years, he has been developing a trans-disciplinary artistic practice at the crossroads of Architecture, Theater and Music – with Visual Arts as the core discipline; his constant practice of Drawing is structured and ordered in hundreds of daily sketchbooks forming the basis of a personal art of memory, a “mnemotopia” gravitating around specific themes: time, reminiscence, atmosphere, mental space.

A graduate of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and the Ecole d’Architecture de Belleville in Paris, Stephan Zimmerli completed his diploma project at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland, in Peter Zumthor’s Atelier. Now he works as a freelance architect, designing projects merging sound and space (“Doisneau & la Musique” exhibition at the Philharmonie de Paris, Studiolo “Klein Leberau” for singer/musician Rodolphe Burger), while teaching Architectural Design, “Atmospherical Image” and “Thinking With The Hand” courses at several European schools (University of East London, Ecoles d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville & de Rennes, ENSAD, Universität Liechtenstein, Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio…).

In 1995, with 4 other musician friends, he created the folk-rock band Moriarty, playing double  bass, guitar and piano under the alias Zim Moriarty, touring with the band for 10 years around the world, playing over 800 concerts, recording 5 albums (achieving multiple gold-records with over 300’000 copies sold) and a series of soundtracks for film and theater, while also being in charge of art direction, graphic design, video clips and photography for their independent record label Air Rytmo.

Furthering the principles developed within the band and their label, since 2018 he started collaborating in the field of Contemporary Art with Moriarty’s guitarist Charles Carmignac and the Fondation Carmignac in Porquerolles, working on their visual identity, concept drawings & manifestos, curation and soundtracks for exhibitions, and designing the “Musée-Valise” art-therapy project for hospitals.

Since 1999, he also collaborated with theatre director, scenographer and playwright Marc Lainé, setting up the studio “La Boutique Obscure” and designing over 80 scenography projects with him in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada, before joining the Comédie de Valence (Centre Dramatique National) as associated artist in charge of hybrid theatre projects merging music, architecture and visual arts.

Stephan Zimmerli’s artwork has been exhibited in London (Caravanserail & Sketch galleries) and Paris (“Par les petits sentiers” at the Carrousel du Louvre, “Echoes From The Borderline” at Galerie &Co119, “A Dess(e)in” in the nave of the Versailles stables), and has been broadcast into numerous publications and conferences, as well as graphic and musical performances focusing on the interaction between manual drawing and mental space.

Stephan Zimmerli is currently in residency at the Murate Art District in Florence, Italy, developing an exhibition-performance project on the Studioli and the Art of Memory.