Genoa, Italy

Cesare Viel

Pinksummer, Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Di Villa Croce

Cesare Viel is interested in relationships between verbal language and the body, which he expresses through many different media, from prose to video, performance to photography. His recent exhibition at Pinksummer presented the most recent results of his research, while the Villa Croce offered a retrospective overview that showed Viel’s to have been some of the most interesting work to have emerged in Italy during the 1990s.

The gallery show had only three elements: a large black text on the wall; a carpet on the floor on which another phrase was legible; and a small iPod affixed to the wall facing the text. These present three possible relationships between the body and writing. The carpet requires people to bend down to read and thus engages the body, tying the act of reading to a downward movement. Yet the writing on the wall necessitates a vertical axis, an upright posture that allows

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