Remover con una vara de madera
We see a drawing of a man holding a pole in the centrepiece of this exhibition. Is it a ghost that he is relating to? And who is this man? What i he trying to do? He seems to be poking in the fog, but maybe he is just someone doing something practical that he was ordered to do, like remove a piece of fabric. Or is it a flag and he is waving it? And if it is a flag, what colour is it? It looks white. So maybe he is surrending. And what if what matters is not so much what he is moving or removing, but what he might find under the fabric?
Matteo guidi gives us few hints with the title of his work Remover con una vara de madera (Moving with a wooden pole). And neither of the two black and white pieces displayed in the dark and grey exhibition hall seem to give any clues: an illuminated retro photograph of what seems like a dirty corner of a warehouse and the video projection of a hand-drawn animation loop.
Matteo Guidi (Cesena, Italy, 1978) graduated in Ethnoanthropology and lectures in the Sociology of Communication at the ISIA University in Urbino (Italy). His art work focuses on methods of resistance in daily life within limited systems that tend to objectify us. His most recent exhibitions and talks have included: Bienalsur (Cúcuta, Colombia), Indonesia Media Arts Festival (Jakarta, Indonesia), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield, UK), MAGASIN (Grenoble, France), ESAD School of Art and Design (Matosinhos, Portugal), Centro Cultural de España (Montevideo, Uruguay), Free University Bozen-Bolzano (Italy), Akademie der Künste der Welt (Cologne, Germany), International Academy of Art Palestine (Ramallah, Palestine), Campus in camps and DAAR (Beit Sahour, Palestine), Homesession, UB, Escola Massana, CaixaForum, La Virreina and Fundación Suñol.