authors: gigi piana, laura testa

year: 2007
technique: video installation on a miniature bed.

trans_parent wants to highlight a malaise, something present-strident but transparent, indefinite, that divides, a malaise that silences our relationships, the society in which we live and cuts in two the existence and being, also individual.

  • A plexiglas’ sheet divides a room, two people are close, they love each other and take some distance; it gets dark, some writings appear, the unspoken words, to the other and to themselves, the will to accept, accept, even in misunderstanding … without you I am nothing.

    maybe just a lack or lack of courage to break down a transparent wall that limits us

    or simply the lie of not accepting a reality …the need of the other

    (a repetitive love, not mechanical but that becomes obvious)

    The reduced dimensions of the work have the double value of reconciling the self-centeredness of man with respect to the rest and the will of art to be meaningful only if amplified in size, in the multiple.

author: gigi piana

year: 2010
technique: trasparent plexiglas

the work investigates one of the most explored themes of man, the search for “other”, the path of the Buddhist equilibrium, the Christian trinity, the third way of joseph beuys, which seeks the exit from Western dualism. the work was born thanks to a collaboration with the Italian-Dutch dancer gabriella maiorino, in a project aimed at finding an artistic expression between dance and theater, between installation and performance.

  • the words “a third thing” can be read by subtraction, creating a relationship of interdependence between emptiness and transparent material. the work hanging and on the ground is not stationary, but subject to movements, in progress.

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authors: gigi piana e laura testa

year: 2002
technique: 3 monitors

The video-installation What are we waiting for? is composed by three monitors: in the first one a woman speaking is framed, but we do not hear the audio; in the second the same scene has a man as the protagonist; in the central monitor the two characters are seated at the edges of a bed and repeat a few sentences like a mantra. 

  • The woman asks “what are we waiting for?” And the man answers “that’s becomes too late”. The phrase is a quote from “Oceano mare” by Alessandro Baricco, brought here in its most extreme declination: the proximity of two bodies opposed to the relationship’s distance that the sentence generates. The work aims to underline the inability of the human race in dealing with history and stories, the tendency to wait for decadence, without reactions.

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“…in the process of getting to know a territory, getting lost (setting aside the formerly seen, heard, known) is necessary; it is necessary to empty your memory in order to get it back again – truly ours and more real. The path from getting lost to find ourselves again goes through orientation, understanding of the territory and the existent: that route creates adaptation as well as personal and collective experiences. Those ultimately become evolving traditions.” (Franco La Cecla)

  • We are usually sure that we know the territory where we were born and grew up, but we forget how our personal habits and way of life filters our knowledge. By installing a labyrinth in an orderly public place, GigiPiana forces us to explore the area in a different way, in the effort to inhabit it again. He forces us to build a “local mindset” again, creating new points of orientation and opening different possibilities to inhabit the space. An invitation to become a foreign visitor as we walk in our birthplace, to discover it again by raising up our heads to watch with different eyes.

    We are continuously different and create new “local minds”. We remove preconceptions and habits to encompass parts of that “invisible heritage” that defines the uniqueness and richness of a territory. The territory can also be a mental one, we live in our own bodies… the invitation is to the travel.

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