June 27, 2016 - Madre Museum - Mimmo Jodice: Attesa. 1960–2016 / Camille Henrot: Luna di latte
June 27, 2016

Madre Museum

(1) Mimmo Jodice, Attesa, opera n. 2, 2012. Fine art print on rag photo paper. Courtesy the artist. (2) Camille Henrot, Untitled (Study for Monday), 2015. Pastel on paper. Courtesy the artist.

Mimmo Jodice
Attesa. 1960–2016
(Waiting. 1960–2016)
June 24–October 24, 2016

Camille Henrot
Luna di latte
(Milk Moon)
July 2–October 3, 2016

Madre Museum
Via Settembrini, 79
80139 Naples
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The Madre museum in Naples is pleased to announce Attesa. 1960–2016, the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition ever dedicated to the artistic research of Mimmo Jodice (Naples, 1934), one of the undisputed masters of contemporary photography. The exhibition, curated by Andrea Viliani, presents more than 100 works, from the seminal experiments with photographic language conducted in the '60s and '70s down to a final series "Attesa" (Waiting, 2015), produced specially for this retrospective project. Set within a unique exhibit design, this survey intertwines all Jodice’s major series, in which the principal aspects and themes of his 50 years of research are articulated. By linking the ancient Mediterranean civilizations to the contemporary megalopolises—travelling from the temples of Palmyra to the skyscrapers of New York—Jodice explores the persistence of the past in the identity of the present, reveals the epiphanies of everyday life embodying an archetypical anthropology of common objects, fills the void between the dimension of chronicle and the tension towards abstraction. A section of the exhibition is also devoted to the social matrix and civil commitment of his works produced in the '70s, shown as a new cinematic projection: Teatralità quotidiana a Napoli (Everyday Theatricality in Naples, 2016). In all his works, which have contributed to the definition of developments in international contemporary photography, Jodice outlines a dimension placed beyond spatial coordinates or the flowing of time, suspended in the experience, both physical and metaphysical, empirical and contemplative, of waiting. A waiting that is also the mastery of a strictly analogical practice of photography: waiting in the patient research of the lighting, often in the early morning, capable of detecting the essence of the subject represented, or waiting in the equally patient balancing of details and nuances in the dark room. What emerges is the ineffable eternity and absolute clarity of black and white images rendered by the revelatory gaze of a camera that becomes a "time machine," or rather that surpasses the time. While celebrating humanity and observing the world around us in all its sensory expressions, it achieves an overt and constant reinvention of photography itself, enhancing its representative and cognitive potential beyond a purely documentary interpretation of photographic practice. In its various linked sections, the exhibition evokes a circular space-time, cyclically returning on itself, on its foundational reasons and its inspirational motives, out of which emerges a true “photographic reality.”

The moon has always affected our planet, our moods, our imagination and our history. Ever since ancient times the moon has been a symbol of fertility and favorable auspices, but also of mystery and melancholy. Camille Henrot’s (Paris, 1978) exhibition Luna di latte at the Madre museum, curated by Cloé Perrone, explores the cultural and symbolic significance attached to Monday, or “moon day.” The exhibited works—100 drawings and collages, seven sculptural sketches in various media and mural paintings—are a selection of preparatory material for Monday, Henrot's exhibition at the Fondazione Memmo in Rome, a project that will develop to comprise all the days of the week at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in autumn 2017. In deciding to present the preliminary stages of other exhibitions and to make her ongoing projects visible, Henrot transforms three galleries of the museum in a space-time of continuous creation, a threshold that introduces us to her creative process. Fluctuating between the figurative and the abstract, the emergence of an idea and its execution, these works represent provisional allegories of the emotional and intellectual states related to Monday: an anthropomorphic figure unable to leave its bed, a character who fixes a screen hoping for a miraculous message, a podium hosting a creature who does not know if it has been victorious... The notion itself of time, and the meanings historically attributed to the days of the week, are reinterpreted by Henrot as human fictions, pointing out that our impulses and systems to impose order are mere conventions and fables. A need perhaps analogous to what we might experience by entering the studio of an artist at work, just as Henrot permits us to do, on the occasion of this exhibition.

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