Matèria is pleased to present Una pietra sopra, Giulia Marchi’s second solo show at the gallery and her first in the new space. Accompanying the exhibition - set to open to the public on Saturday February 19, 2022 - is a text by literary historian and critic Prof. Andrea Cortellessa.
For the artist, Una pietra sopra is a reflection on the research and the key elements that have characterized her practice. Conceived as a personal archive of her work, its measurements and scale are inverted and questioned until they become monumental. Wool, marble, iron, paper, gold and text are displayed in the veracity of their character without intermediaries of measure and concept; represented through a new language developed to suggest an alternative point of view from the one adopted in previous works.
Through a process of revision Marchi aims to consolidate her principles both in methodological and philosophical terms, highlighting an evident shift in the approach adopted when dealing with the materials fundamental to her research. With the absence of photographic mediation, the artist aims to ennoble her materials by engaging in an alternative depiction, born from the desire to dialogue with the exhibition space through a synaesthetic approach. As Andrea Cortellessa states in his text: “seeing language therefore represents a quintessential case of synaesthesia, but also a hallucinatory condition”, a condition aimed at guiding the experience of the exhibition.
In putting a firm point on her research, Giulia Marchi sheds light on her past and present, allowing us to glimpse into a restless yet rigorous mind in full bloom.