Mountain path CAI 401
Mixed media installation, dimension variable; lecture
During the residency, Leone Contini spent all the time walking on the path, loosing himself between soldiers’ refugees and tranches, feeling the urgency to build a shelter in which repair himself. Quote zero is both a temporary habitable place and a metaphoric vector of movement, through which one can escape from the place itself. The structure is placed on the extreme part of the path, on the precipice adjacent to the invisible border with Austria. Through its strange shape, which recalls a boat, the artwork refers both to the contemporary migrants’ flow and to the past carnic trans-boundary movement. The artist chose this very extreme point of the path because he found there some leftover cans consumed by soldiers between 1915 and 1917. Starting from these historical remains, during the opening Leone Contini performed a lecture arranging a lunch mainly based on tuna cans. The whole project deals with an indefinable process of elaboration about the war and its traces on the landscape that the artist tries to query, getting trapped on the place. About the artwork title, if the first term alludes to commands’ obsession for a determined quota, the second one nullifies all the parameters. The zero refers to other scales of values, marking an absolute distance from everything. Moreover, there’s a connection between the boat and the sea level which is zero.
Mixed media installation, dimension variable
The table covered of notes, maps, objects, small sketches, soldiers’ cans and miniature human figures shows the artist’s theoretical approach, but it represents also the account of his trip to reach the Pal Piccolo Mount: from Piave to Natisone river, from Isonzo to Tagliamento moving through Sabotino, Carso and Caporetto. This installation is a restitution of a public geography as well as an intimate and familiar one, through which the artist keeps the distance from the stereotypes which usually characterize narrations and commemorations about the World War. It narrates about the environment through an anthropogenic perspective, marked by human actions. As territories where the World War was fought, the places are still marked by battleground’s traces, by the traumatic break-in of the modernity. After one hundred years, among the ruins of that metaphorical shipwreck, flora and fauna grow in their slow and indifferent becoming.
Leone Contini‘s research is mainly focused on intercultural frictions, conflict and power relations, displacement, migration and Diasporas. It borrows the tools of contemporary anthropology in order to short-circuit topics of common feelings and significance through the use of lectures, performances, collective interventions in public spaces, textual and audio-visual narratives, blogging and self-publishing. He has studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at Siena University.