• James Yamada, Untitled, 2005, chromed steel, watercolor on paper, fluorescent bulbs, hardware, electrical components.


    Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
    Via Modane, 16
    February 28–May 4, 2008

    Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánapa Luna)

    With a title like “Greenwashing: Environment—Perils, Promises, and Perplexities,” one might expect a corporate exposé akin to Hans Haacke's projects of the 1970s. Not so. This group exhibition—featuring some twenty multimedia installations from the past five years—will address our current ecological crisis without pointing fingers. Taking off from Robert Smithson's 1969 quip “As rockets go to the moon, the darkness around the earth grows deeper and darker,” curators Ilaria Bonacossa and Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánapa Luna) have selected roughly twenty artists and artist groups, including Lara Almárcegui and A Constructed World, to respond to environmental concerns without resorting either to ecopositive finery or aestheticized entropy. Let's hope these artists won't completely disavow a down-with-the-suits attitude, however; otherwise, the show could risk whitewashing the present global situation.