“Eurasia. Geographic Cross-Overs in Art”

Mart Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
Corso Bettini, 43
June 28, 2008–November 16, 2008

Beatrice Catanzaro, The Water Was Boiling at 34 21' 29“ S, 18 28' 19” East, 2008, Color print, beanbags. Installation view.

In “Eurasia,” curator Achille Bonito Oliva brings together forty-seven artists who address the geographic ambiguity of the landmass that comprises Europe and Asia. The exhibition focuses on artists from both continents, some of whom, like Mircea Cantor, Hans Schabus, Cao Fei, and Haegue Yang, are familiar to international art audiences. Yang’s Series of Vulnerable Arrangements—SHALLOW HOLLOW SHADOW, 2008, catches the viewer’s attention with a visually engaging and diverse selection of materials, including colorful lightbulbs, textiles, and electric cables hanging on coatracks of various sizes. The installation allegorically evokes the sense of displacement of global society, of which the artist herself is an member: Born and raised in Korea, she now lives in Berlin and has exhibited recently in, for instance, Los Angeles. Among the several young Italian artists here, Beatrice Catanzaro, with The Water Was Boiling at 34 21' 29“ S, 18 28' 19” East, 2008, is worth commendation. Catanzaro’s installation comprises a video, photographs, and other objects regarding a monument erected in Lisbon in 1960—during Salazar’s dictatorship—to fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Portuguese sea travelers and an Indian magician recognized for purportedly making the Taj Mahal temporarily disappear. By mixing these narratives, Catanzaro brilliantly explores past and present cultural exchange between the West and the East through the intertwining of memory and fiction, the very topic of this timely exhibition.

— Miguel Amado