Diego Perrone & Andrea Sala: Unghia
MEGA, Milan (IT)
Diego Perrone, Andrea Sala
On the occasion of the 21st edition of miart, MEGA inaugurates its gallery space in Milan with a joint show by Diego Perrone and Andrea Sala, curated by Nicola Ricciardi. The project stems from the desire of the two artists to engage with a discipline far from their usual sculptural practice—that is, photography, or, etymologically speaking, the skill of “drawing with light”. Over a period of six months, Perrone and Sala met in DIY darkrooms where they practiced with photographic processing and then executed a series of freehand drawing on various photosensitive materials by means of a small, handmade source of electric light. Transforming the process into the subject of the representation, the two artists drew forms that are only apparently abstract, but allude to the assumptions underlying their research: the observation as technique, the error as category of the experience, light as primeval language. For this occasion, the project, titled “Unghia” (“Fingernail” in Italian), takes the form of a site-specific exhibition, purposely designed for the new MEGA space, but it aims to continue in time through further experimentation in terms of formats, contexts, approaches, and especially collaborations—like the one with photographer Delfino Sisto Legnani, which marks this first and inaugural show.
MEGA is a 15 square metre space with big prospects. A place where previously unseen projects that would be hard to have birth elsewhere, can be developed and shown. MEGA makes no genre distinctions. It puts art, architecture, design, music, photography, publishing and cinema on the same footing, as interwoven and interweavable aspects of today’s cultural panorama. MEGA runs its programme along two parallel, distinct paths, two different moments. On the one hand its High Intensity projects: curated and produced internally, always for the first time ever, and always accompanied by a publication. On the other, its Low Intensity projects: already produced externally and hosted for shorter periods. MEGA is curated by Davide Giannella, Delfino Sisto Legnani and Giovanna Silva.
Link to exhibition page.