Terre Vulnerabili


Terre Vulnerabili

Terre Vulnerabili is an ongoing project of four exhibitions – mirroring the lunar cycle – based on collaboration among 30 international artists asked to create site-specific works, thought or readapted for the amazing space of Hangar Bicocca in Milan.

Vulnerability can be seen as an absolute capacity, which gives human beings the sensibility and responsibility to understand others’ needs.

The second step of this “growing exhibition” (whose main issue is based on an assumption by Georges Perec to “Question that which has forever ceased to amaze us”), curated by Chiara Bertola and Andrea Lissoni, will last until March 3, enriching the first show with new works that constantly interact with one another. Starting from the precarious stability of our Mother Earth and the fragility of human beings, the artists reflect their personal vision of vulnerability: from the labyrinth made of cardboard by the Hungarian French architect Yona Friedman, to the transparencies representing the strange holes on the sand close to the nuclear centre of Yeong Gwang (South Korea) by Kimsooja, or the fireworks by Nico Vascellari, which recall the blast of a bombing.

Both the impalpable delicacy of the tube realised with horsehair by Christiane Löhr and the wall carpet made of grass that keep growing and turning yellow by Ackroyd & Haervey express precariousness and mutability. While wandering around the huge space of Hangar Bicocca, you’ll be hypnotised by the amateurish video Staging Silence, in which the Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck rebuilds locations, urban and domestic contexts, real or fictional, where the absence of people allows the visitor to jump into the stage and stay there alone in silence, in contemplation. Moreover, casting a glance to the ceiling you’ll be trapped by the “Web” (2006-2010), an installation that the artist Mona Hatoum realised with crystal balls and metal wire, so to encompass all the earth and human being pains that we have to face and fight.

After visiting the exhibition don’t forget to have a drink at the HB Bistrot, which combines an international atmosphere with original design and good food.

Monica Lombardi – Images courtesy Hangar Bicocca, special thanks to Lucia Crespi