VELME by Marzia Migliora
|Marzia Migliora, Quis contra nos, Photo by Renato Ghiazza|
It is the urgent requirements of the present that drive us to review the events of the past not as a mere accumulation of erudite data, not as a dusty archive, but as the living and critical memory of human communities. (Salvatore Settis, Se Venezia muore, Giulio Einaudi Editore, Turin, 2014)
From Today to 26 November, the Fondazione Merz and MUVE, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, present Velme, a site-specific installation by Turin-based artist Marzia Migliora. The works are on display in several rooms of the Museo del Settecento Veneziano in the historic Palazzo Ca’ Rezzonico. The project is characterised by forms of expression that are recurrent in the artist’s production: the desire to show what is hidden and to reveal the relationship with space and the history of places. Marzia Migliora aims to bring out the contradictions and repeated exploitation – of natural and human resources, and labour, typical of the history of mankind – through the clues emerging from the history of the lagoon city and from the works conserved in Ca’ Rezzonico, establishing a dialogue and contrasting them with the works she has created. The artist accomplishes this here by extrapolating elements from the collection, showing them in a new light, and shifting the point of view of the visitor.The title of the exhibition aptly summarises the considerations that underpin the project. The word velma is the Venetian term for a shoal, indicating a shallow area in the lagoon that emerges during low tides. These shoals, just like the entire ecosystem of the Venetian lagoon, are at great risk due to the morphological degradation and erosion of the seabed, caused by a lack of awareness and the continued violations perpetrated by mankind. The velma, the “meeting point” in the relationship between water and land, the symbol of something underwater that never stops emerging, thus becomes “an urgency of the present” and a bridge that connects us with the past.
|Marzia Migliora, Remains, Photo by Renato Ghiazza|
|Marzia Migliora, Taci anzi parla, Photo by Renato Ghiazza|
Info: Fondazione Merz