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Paysage originates from 15-year-long observation of the contemporary landscape, both natural and digital. It is a journey through installations, sculptures, photographies, scans and 3D-printings, which are the outcome of travels and artistic residencies in far away and seemingly unrelated lands: Russia, Florida, Mauritania, India, California, Bhutan, South Korea, Mali, China, Paraguay, Mongolia, Cambodia and the European Union. The silver thread is Minelli’s interest in border areas, both geographic and ideological; in the political and aesthetic aspects of public space; in landscape and its representation, often manipulated by political propaganda and commercial communication.

The exhibition thus investigates the transformations of international landscapes after decades of globalization; it is a reflection on the homogeneous aesthetic which today characterizes the most dissimilar places in the world, addressing the concept of identity and sense of belonging. Paysage speaks about Minelli’s generation, growing up on the periphery, meant also as an existential state, and the exotic sides of global communication after the Internet. Inspired by Francesc Muñoz’s concept of “urbanization,” which theorizes the leveling of local specificities in favor of a transnational aesthetic, Minelli creates his personal artistic practice characterized by the schizophrenic encounter of different languages.

Filippo Minelli (1983, Brescia, Italy) lives and works between Barcelona and Asunciòn, Paraguay. In recent years, Minelli has participated in a number of exhibitions in national and international institutions, among others: IMAL, Brussels; Manege Museum, Moscow; Somerset House, London; Münchner Stadt Museum, Munich; Total Museum, Seoul; La Triennale di Milano; East Wing Biennial, London; ArtScience Museum, Singapore; Fundaciòn Loewe, Madrid; Museu do Som e Imagem, São Paulo; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires; MACRO, Rome. His artworks are part of important collections, such as Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, IT; Somerset House, London, UK; Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK.

During Paysage, Filippo Minelli takes part in the exhibition, "A cosa serve l'utopia", curated by Chiara Dall’Olio and Daniele De Luigi, at the Galleria Civica di Modena, April 28 - July 22 2018.



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