Like some of you know, I’m a fan of Fratelli Broche, vintage dealers by day, artistic duo by night. So I’m happy to announce their latest work Rifiuti, hosted by gallery/factory Adiacenze, a perfect combination of both identities.
Rifiuti is both a project and an exibition. The latter, opening friday march 5th, is made of a series of shots taken by young photographer Giuseppe Anthony Di Martino, showing the universe once orbiting around dumpsters. According to the artists, trash containers are desappearing urban icons, symbolic objects that are rapidly vanishing from the city center(s). As collectors of old clothing and lovers of recycle in any form, Fratelli Broche (whose artistic persona actually inglobes another vintage queen, La Leonarda‘s Angela Menegoni) appear in the photos while interpreting some tableaux vivants around Bologna’s streets (and dumpsters). An installation then follows, reproducting a real landfill where nature and consumerism collide: an old hat becomes a bird’s nest, someone’s “waste” is someone else’s treasure.
As with their daily job, the “message” is clear: we are surrounded by stuff, we buy far more than we need, at the risk of being overwhelmed with hundreds of useless things while we could value and treasure just a few, selected (and preferably recycled) ones.
Thus comes the second part of the project: the final act of the Rifiuti project, Eccesso (“Excess”) is a performance taking place Sunday May 7th, again portraying and discussing the role of dumb consumerism and vicious circles in a society that seems to be forcing us to keep buying, consuming and ultimately feeling suffocted by a sterile overload. If art isn’t a solution, it can at least be a usuful pause from this endless cycle.
Rifiuti/Eccesso is at Adiacenze, Vicolo Santo Spirito 1. Exibition opens Friday 5th at 7.30 PM, PErformance Sunday 7th at 5.30 PM