~DRAOK COLLECTIVE: ‘KRYPTA’ opens SUN FEB 26 . . .
SOLOWAY PRESENTS: KRYPTA by DRAOK
curated by PAOLA GALLIO
opening Sunday Feb 26, 2012 / 6-8 PM
the show runs Feb 26 – March 30, 2012
gallery hrs: SAT & SUN / 12-5PM
DRAOK seems to be a 2 person artist collaborative group comprised of: GIORGIO GUIDI (b. 1982, Italy) and MARTA PIEROBON (b. 1979, Italy), founded in the immediate recent (2010), and based in MILAN, ITALY.
from the press release:
“GIORGIO GUIDI and MARTA PIEROBON formed DRAOK in 2010 to work collectively on shared interests including architecture, perception and social systems. Both Guidi and Pierobon have long been fascinated by the secretive and the hidden: crypts, cults, ghosts and memories. Italian cities are built on the foundations of previous settlements — Etruscan, Roman, and medieval — producing a stratification of civilizations. New buildings rise on the ruins of the old, burying earlier structures in rubble and debris. In Italian Catholicism there is a long tradition of covering and hiding the past; it is deeply embedded in the hierarchy of the church. Beneath the modern city lies the still present and living past and its treasures, relics and corpses.
DRAOK’s work is an attempt to excavate, archive and rebuild this hidden past. Both Guidi and Pierobon grew up in the city of BRESCIA, outside of MILAN. The cathedral of St. Filastrio in Brescia is an architectural composite, a layering of different historical forms and styles that make up the present building, from the secretive crypt to the public place of worship. For their exhibition at SOLOWAY, the artists have rebuilt this labyrinthine structure, as a theater for the present.
This exhibition is the second part of an exchange curated by PAOLA GALLIO between SOLOWAY and SPAZIO MORRIS, a project space in Milan. in 2011 Paola Gallio as part of her SHORT VISIT PROJECT SERIES, invited Annette Wehrhahn, Munro Galloway, Pat Palermo, Paul Branca and a selection of of artists from Soloway to exhibit work at SPAZIO MORRIS in Milan.
In return, SOLOWAY has invited the collective DRAOK to exhibit work they developed during their residency at Spazio Morris.”
screengrab, homepage: short visit, Italy
the website design is by: DARLO SBRANA.