Piero Golia and Fabian Marti

Istituto Svizzero Di Roma

Italian artist Piero Golia and Swiss artist Fabian Marti conceived of their collaboration “Ruins, Regrets and Visible Effects” in an ingenious way: an exhibition on two levels, where the main attraction was the membrane joining the inner and outer areas of an elaborate installation—a liminal space reminiscent of a “third landscape,” a nether- world between natural environment and artificial construction, as formulated by landscape architect Gilles Clément. A twisting architecture of plywood arches, columns, and tunnels—designed by Marti in consultation with Golia—unraveled, like catacombs rising to the surface. The walls were colored in five different tones, reproducing the plays of shadow generally created by exhibition spotlights. The resulting environment was disorienting, not only in its initial impact, but even upon further observation.

The architectural structure became both support

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