Stefano Canto at Dak'art Biennale 2016
11 may 2016 by art:i:curate team
art:i:curate artist Stefano Canto participates in this year's edition of Dak'art Biennale for Contemporary African Art in Dakar.
The 12th edition of the Biennale, which opened its doors last week under the artistic direction of Simon Njami, centers around the idea of 're-enchantment' seen as the reintroduction of a new energy, a new creativity and a new momentum. The selected artists were invited to present new ways to re-enchant the world and the continent, Africa. With a special emphasis on the City as a political body the biennale disseminates its activities across all the areas of the city and beyond.
With the aim to affirm the international character of Dak'art, its openness to the world, the possibilities of exchange and confrontation, six curators from four continents have been invited to propose an exhibition of three to five artists, which would reflect, overall, the theme of the 2016 edition.
Photo credit: Kèba Bèye.
On this occasion, Italian curator, Valentina Gioia Levy, with an ongoing interest in the Asian art scene and the relational dynamics between East and West, has accepted Njami’s invitation to 're-enchant the world' through a reflection on the relationship between the visible and invisible, the body and spirit, the real and the virtual space. 'The Witnesses of the Invisible', the title of her selection refers to an expression used by the French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard that during his historic exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Les Immatériaux (1985), identifies artists as those who are able to interact with the intangible and give it shape. Her exhibition features the works of four international artists including Chai Siris (Thailand), Emo de Medeiros (France/Benin), H.H.Lim (Malaysia) and Stefano Canto (Italy).
Photo credit: Kèba Bèye.
For 'The Witnesses of the Invisible', Stefano Canto has produced a new work that stresses the boundaries between visual art and dance in collaboration with choreographer Ashai Lombardo Arop and musician Alessandro Angiolillo. Stefano created a series of concrete and steel sculptures that invade the exhibition space of the museum like skeletons from destroyed cities, while in the course of a performance, a group of dancers directed by the Afro-Italian choreographer interact with them using them as an original imaginative device. In this work, it is the body that defines the architecture. The movements of the dancers complete the structures and architectures draw in the air reminiscent of 'The Invisible Cities' by Italo Calvino.
The exhibition runs until the 2nd of June 2016.
Stefano Canto, Vue des Environs de Birmingham, 2015, collage, 100 x 80 cm, courtesy of the artist.
Stefano Canto is a visual artist based in Rome. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Rome. He has exhibited in solo and group shows including 'The stones are my idea of imagination', Museum of Marble (Carrara, 2013); 'Connect the dots (and see the unseen)', MACRO (Rome, 2012); 'Selbstbewegung', Corpo 6 Gallery (Berlin, 2012); 'Bachem-Natter Happy-Christmas', the Civic Gallery of Modern Art (Spoleto, 2010); 'Contemporary Energy. Italian Attitudes', SUPEC (Shanghai, 2010).