boxing gyms in Northern Italy
Andrea Crociani, the artistic process is a privileged vantage point for analyzing
reality and its products. Crocianis reflections on the contemporary world
are aimed at fettering out prejudice and clichés. The topic of violence
and the relationship of force within society, takes priority as a subject for
research. In his work, Crociani uses and re-elaborates images produced by mass
media (newspapers, magazines, internet) on the computer and does in-depth investigation
on themes that are particularly marked by widespread stereotypes.
the months of May and July 2002 Andrea Crociani visited four boxing
gyms in Northern Italy and did a series of video shots and interviews with
boxers in various categories, both amateur and professional. With the video material
gathered he made a 40 minute film documenting the activity in the different gyms.
At borgovico 33 the video will be continuously
projected in the entrance hall while in the principal space of the church,
a 5 x 5 meter platform will be placed in the center serving as a sort
of "ring" "meeting" place where the
spectator can sit on the edge and read the magazine-paper the artist put
together of the interviews he did with eight boxers. In this project Crociani
focuses attention on the boxing world which is highly conditioned by stereotypes
that are quite far from reality. Crociani makes a broader attempt to undermine
preconceptions using investigation and a direct understanding of a specific
series entitled Cocktails (1999-2000) is made up of various cocktail recipes
illustrated with images pertaining to the Second World War; both images are taken
from books. The combination between text and images generates an unusual reaction
producing different sense elements. In the video Larchivazione è
unarte borghese /archiving is a bourgeois art (2000), 84 technical
drawings of warplanes (viewed frontally, laterally and from above) are repeatedly
projected for half a second.
The obsessive interaction transforms the initial
formal beauty of the drawing into a signal of violence. Signor Errico Malatesta
(2001), a one person show at the Juliane Wellerdiek Gallery in Berlin, is made
up of a long text written by the artist on Errico Malatesta, the Italian anarchist.
The text is available to the visitor at a symbolic price so that he can take it
away with him for more in-depth reading. The text is accompanied by a video that
shows the artists Berlin apartment with the objects that compose and define
it, and five photographic portraits of Malatesta.
Andrea Crociani was
born in Switzerland in 1970 and lives and works in Berlin and London.
at the Brera Academy, Milan where he graduated in 1994.
In 1998 and 1999 he received
a Swiss Fine Arts Scholarship and in 1999-2000 he was chosen for the Swiss Studio
in Berlin program with residency for a year.
cite some of his one person shows
Heinrich Schmidt, Grenzach-Wyhlen
Compleanno per i 18 anni della mia auto,
16 giugno, Milano
Cocktails, Galerie im Parkhaus,
NB, (con Claudia e Julia Müller), Kunsthalle
Signor Errico Malatesta, Galerie
Juliane Wellerdiek, Berlin
4 palestre di pugilato del nord
italia, borgovico 33, Como
selection of group shows
Young Art, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Espace Arlaud,
Fuori Uso, Pescara
Galerie ak programm K. Adamopoulos, Frankfurt/M
Eidgenössischer Preis für Freie Kunst,
Museum zu Allerheiligen,
Fragile, Museo Cantonale dArte, Lugano,
des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing,
Liverpool biennial, Liverpool
Spirit, TENT - Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam, Rotterdam
were Kings, Kunst und Medienzentrum Adlershof, Berlin
Pittura e fotografia dagli anni 80 ad oggi,
E.N.E.R.G.I.E, site specific projects, with Anna Best,