A continuing pressure between ethics and aesthetics characterizes the poetics of Massimo Grimaldi (Taranto, 1974), whose works contain systematic collaboration with the humanitarian affiliation EMERGENCY.

The In Uganda reportage, screened on the panels that resemble Apple gadgets, is the results of work carried out in early 2021 within the Youngsters’s Surgical Hospital within the Ugandan metropolis of Entebbe. As you scroll by means of the pictures of the hospital’s younger sufferers and Ugandan landscapes, you understand that the documentary side takes second place to the affective element, which is dominant.

A number of photographs taken through the years in different EMERGENCY hospitals, in Sudan, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic, are displayed on the screens of the most recent iPad Professionals with a fade-in, therefore the exhibition title. As critic Luca Cerizza factors out, “the melancholy that relentlessly pervades Grimaldi’s work stems from the dichotomy—that the artist reveals as by no means reconciled—between the moral and aesthetic dimensions of artwork and, much more particularly in his case, from a sensual attraction in direction of a world of good, hyper-defined and principally summary kinds and pictures, and the notice that each murals dangers being crushed by a technique of obsolescence whereby it’s outdated—like another product—by a subsequent linguistic proposal, by a brand new model, by the satisfaction, briefly, of a brand new want.”

at MAN, Nuoro
till April 13, 2023



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