At Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, in Milan.
Taking science fiction as a starting point and tool through which the creation of and arrival to new territories is made possible, the collective exhibition “In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh”, curated by Clarissa Tempestini, intends to explore the potential of art as an alternative medium and catalyst of such imaginative process, which ultimately incorporates significant socio-political implications.
The show is not intended to impose any idea, but rather sets up a dialogue on the importance of individual’s imaginary capacity, and opens up a wide sea of possibilities on how this process may be enacted through art. Indeed, stepping out of the conventional boundaries, the gallery presents itself as a playground for adults. Dice, spiders and cubes spread over a dark blue carpet, medicine balls covered by galactic paint, a pink dog in a crowd, and many other fantastical works have been scattered here and there, displayed in the most engaging and playful way. Yet, each piece reveals an inquisitive nature that seems to shed light over our relationship with the unknown, the unexplored and the undefined.
Indeed, the viewers may feel like space detectives and wanderers, who take on a journey into the depths of imagination. Which new territories or conclusions each viewer has reached, is something that cannot be said, but most certainly that will depend on his or her curiosity, creativity and willingness to take on new paths of thinking. The artists have provided the works, or better stimuli, which in many cases link back to our most puerile and genuine state of mind, that kind of mental state that best represents freedom from any standard and preconception.
Why does the creation of new worlds have to do with politics? Because we should not accept the world in which we live in as it is. To be inhabitants and citizens of this world, also implies pushing our critical capacity to imagine and reshape a new status quo, in an ongoing and never-ending process. Today, many of us seem to have lost that capacity and judgement, stagnating in a passivity that is more mental than anything else. “In Space No One Can Hear You Laugh” does not give an absolute answer on what might be another possible future, but is here to make us think, travel, explore and imagine.
Felicia Atkinson, Julius Von Bismark, Benjamin Maus, Enrico Boccioletti, Marion Goix, CCH, Julian Charrière, Kasia Fudakowski, Tue Greenfort, Elise Lammer, Tyra Tingleff, Alvaro Urbano.