The fourth appointment at the t-space X MAO is dedicated to
the artist Massimo Grimaldi (Taranto, 1974) and his video installation
MONOGATARI, produced by Snaporazverein in collaboration with Zero..., Milan.
The work consists of the projection, on two paired screens,
of the photographic report made in Japan between 2017 and 2018, where the
artist lived for a few months thanks to the award On Demand by Snaporazverein.
During his stay in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, Grimaldi was able to deepen his
knowledge of a culture which he feels very close, especially regarding its
formal rigor and symbolic structures.
In open contrast with the title, the video installation
MONOGATARI (in Japanese 物語, literally 'story') does not want
to tell a story, but rather to make visible the intimate bond existing with a
place - and with the people who live there - when all the assumptions about
knowledge and understanding are finally overcome.
The video installation is enriched by the presence in the
exhibition space of the ikebana artist Nami Kodama who, by superimposing her
silhouette on the projected images, refracts and further stratifies its
MASSIMO GRIMALDI (Taranto, 1974) is an Italian artist who
lives and works in Milan. His practice investigates the nature of what we
conventionally call "art", the way in which it is perceived,
evaluated and understood. His artistic research is a continuous interrogation
on the criteria of the production and circulation of images, on the power and
limits of the aesthetic speculation, on the possibility of its ethical
redefinition. Among his solo exhibitions: Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2009);
Museum of Villa Croce, Genoa (2012); Team Gallery, New York (2011/2013); West,
The Hague (2014); ZERO..., Milan (2006/2010/2013/2017/2019/2022). His works
have also been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including Italics at Palazzo Grassi, Venice, and
MCA, Chicago (2008-2009), and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). In 2009 Grimaldi
won the MAXXI 2per100 international competition, using the prize for the
construction of the EMERGENCY Pediatric Center in Port Sudan.
As usual, in the t-space, visitors can sip a cup of tea
selected by Claudia Carità (The Tea Torino) who has chosen for the occasion a
Genmaicha green tea. Genmaicha or 'brown rice tea' is made from green tea and
toasted rice. It is also colloquially known as "people's tea", as rice
served as a filler and reduce the price of tea, making it more affordable for destitute
Japanese people. Chosen as a drink during periods of fasting, tea and rice were
combined in a 1:1 ratio. Today genmaicha is universally appreciated and the
success of this tea is also the response to the inspiration of the producers
who manage to modulate the aromatic complexity of the final infusion by
choosing among the best qualities of green tea and rice, or by adding matcha to
obtain the expression of the umami in the cup.
For the loan of the video installation we wish to thank
SNAPORAZVEREIN, Samaden (CH), and ZERO…, Milan