Altri Venti – Ostro is the project by Bruna Esposito selected among the winners of the 9th edition of Italian Council 2020 – a program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture. It will be realized in collaboration with several partners, as: Magazzino Italian Art, New York (USA), UNTREF, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Italian Institute of Culture of Lisbon (Portugal), Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italy); and with the support of Tools for Culture. International promotion will follow an itinerary of exhibitions and talks ending in Spring 2022 with the acquisition of the artwork by Centro Pecci.
Ostro is the first of several variations on a theme designed to evoke the warm winds of the Mediterranean, such as the libeccio, sirocco, and grecale. The installation consists of a gazebo made of natural materials such as bamboo canes and rope: the welcoming space is warmed by the breeze created by a solar-powered ceiling fan, and also features several ship propellers (a recurring motif in Esposito’s work).
The work is borne out of a synergy of various areas of research, bringing to life the artist’s vision – and increasingly explicit conviction – that only to eliminate the distances between people and the tools used to improve the standard of living, we can image a radical change of direction in favor of a more ecological approach. In this way, we will stop the excessive use of consumer goods, as for example the condition air.
The work is presented as a device aiming to reinvigorate the space, imbuing it with new, possible relationships, reflections, and meanings. At a time when the subject of “meeting” is as topical as ever, the artist offers us a space to rest, a break that becomes an encounter. Ostro is a political and poetic exhortation: an invitation to take stock of the impact of our actions and consider the inevitability of other choices, as well as the power of simplicity; it is an ode to ancient, frugal alternatives.
Altri Venti – Ostro was shown at STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI in Rome. On the occasion of the exhibition, the book Altri Venti was published, featuring contributions by the artist, Benedetta Casini, Arkfactory.
Itinerary of exhibitions and talks:
Magazzino Italian Art, New York (USA) – May / September 2021
Bienalsur, Buenos Aires (Argentina) – October / January 2022, curated by Benedetta Casini
Italian Institute of Culture of Lisbon (Portugal) – Spring 2022
Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italy) – Spring 2022
Realized thanks to the support of: