Exhibition date – 18th of February until 24th of March, 2012
Opening – February 18th, from 3 to 7 pm
Gallery hours – Thursday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm
Tweede Kostverlorenkade 50
(corner Jan Hanzenstraat)
1053 SB Amsterdam – NL
Angelo Barone (Modica, 1957) lives and works in Milan. Barone is a sculptor by heart, whose work is intrinsically related to architecture. Although Barone has also been working with photography, it is possible to say that this technique represents an extension of his work as a sculptor.
The word that gives name to this exhibition, Casematte, comes from the combination of casa for “house” and matto for “fake.” Originally, the term referred to a vaulted chamber in a fortress. After World War II, it was used to identify bunkers.
This exhibition could have been the result of a journey on the outside in search of these structures that, once used for protection, are now lost in their own existence. But instead, Casematte is a
series of photographs from a selection of images found on Google and other websites which have been captured directly from the screen. As Barone describes, this is an immaterial journey, a wandering in confirmation of lands, and their changes; it is a course that wishes to reconstruct its sights, photographing the screen as if it were reality.
The temporality of space is a constant presence in Barone’s work. Photography somehow represents the certainty of the existence of a place that, in fact, don’t exist in Barone’s work.
The structures (bunkers) themselves have a story of their own and do not belong to any place.
They are suspended in space. The continuous state of disappearance in the images evokes places lost in time and memory.