Mnemonic City FLORENCE
Mnemonic City in Florence follows from the projects created in London and Madrid. The collective launched a new artistic exploration of the city involving the land of Florence in a stream of events from May 2014 until the end of June. It began with an exhibition at the Biagiotti Foundation in a sort of preview of their intervention in the city – some works created in previous editions of Mnemonic City. Magma joined forces with Gatta Rossa, engaging in a collaborative search for the identity of the place by fostering a personal connection with the members of the local collective and their native environment and creating an active and multi layered map of the experience through a joint research.
The groups went on a long walk along River Arno together using Circolo del Popolo, a recreational and relaxation venue for the community as a starting point. It lasted the whole day, visiting the under paths of the glorious town, unknown and unseen by tourists, ignored and often neglected by the authorities.
The walk ended in San Donnino, a little adjacent town known for its Chinese immigrant population. This journey and the emotions attached to the findings became a common ground for the two collectives whose perspectives were originally very distinct. The time was naturally distributed between private work in progress, discussions, and preparations for various events as well as dinners and festivities.
The Opening day
The idea of a divided, quasi-schizoid city began to emerge. The beauty torn by on one hand extreme tourism and on the other social neglect leading to territories of perdition. Somehow, all the artists involved seemed to perceive this deeply and this became the philosophical spine of the final exhibition in late June.
The drawings “Untitled I and II” by Carmelo Cutuli
The city of Florence was revealed in its entire squalid splendor. This was no longer adhering to romanticized visions of preserved aesthetics; this outlook incorporated the hidden modern reality of urban decay and commercial aggression.
Below the etching “Follow Up” by William Howard
All the realms evoked in Dante’s Divine Comedy were exposed through a different kind of poetry responding to the actual as much as to the imperceptible, for all still exist in one place.
Xenos gallery, where the resulting work was shown, acted as a workshop, studio and meeting ground, a veritable crater of creativity and communication during the entire duration of the project.
Above and below the experimental video night in Santo Spirito Square, in the heart of Florence.
The partners involved in the project are: Foundation Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Gattarossa, Mona Lisa Day, Visualcontainer, Lab Film Festival and Something Human. A special thanks to Jacopo Rachlik and Ken Thai.