The extreme land revisited by Carlos Casas lands in Shanghai.
Our director, Paolo Mele, will curate a new episode of Exhibition on a Table, produced by Arthub Asia.
EXHIBITION ON A TABLE
April 30th 2017
Solo show by Carlos Casas, curated by Paolo Mele
The artist today is a researcher: he collects any kind of data (video, audio, text, objects, etc.) and, through his works; he offers a personal interpretation of the reality. The method used to collect and remediate those kinds of materials represents the architecture of the new artistic practice.
Fieldworks are the architecture of the work of Carlos Casas: a series of free, anti-narrative notes in which the artist takes the time to plunge his gaze into the meaning of the place, of the landscape, without drawing on the need for the definition of a complete story.
Renewed mostly as video artist and filmmaker, Carlos Casas’ world reveals us a deep an intimate analysis of the contemporary world, the physical and fictional border that divides or merges imaginary and perception.
He has been investigated the landscape and what there is beyond it since the beginning of his artistic research. Casas is obsessed by extreme locations, extreme lands and its extreme inhabitants, because he believe therein lies a truth, a geological scar that shows us how we lived and who we were, thus allowing us to understand who we are now.
This is an exhibition about nature, landscape, border and extreme and how the humans approach and deal with those. It includes video, photos, audio, and drawings from different places around the world: Patagonia (South America), Cape of Leuca (Europe), Nepal, Siberia and Tajikistan (Asia).
At the same time, the exhibition is not only about topics, but also about a methodology. Casas is mostly know as visual artist and filmmaker, but his practice is much more deep and analytic. He makes videos, audios, drawings, photos and he collects objects. He uses the fieldworks as instrument of cataloguing the known and the unknown and to represent an intimate vision of the world, a personal encyclopaedia.
The exhibition reflects this multidisciplinary attitude of the artist, who, like a modern researcher, plays with different kind of media and tools to study and offer a representation of the world.