Toast Project Space | Concerto di fabbrica / Luca Coclite
curated by Toast Project Space
with text by Enrico Camprini
Opening | Thursday, September 14th, starting at 6.30 pm
The exhibition can be visited in B11 until October 15th, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 3.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Project realized with the support of Fratelli Colì and Manifattura Tabacchi
The project brings together the resources that constituted the land of Otranto, characterized by a unique combination of culture and nature.
The exhibition consists of two sculptural complexes set up in the spaces of the Manifattura Tabacchi. In the first group, inanimate and composed of a series of ceramics, three textual decorations take center stage in the form of paintings. Here, three distinct historical moments attempt to emphasize the dialectic between past and present in a territory that hides, beneath a flowery facade, the destructive nature of its own iconic values.
The second complex stages a factory concert in which the muted sounds of air organs become the acoustic warp of a past that becomes the creator of a new idealized image.
Luca Coclite’s artistic research focuses on an analysis that places architecture, the concept of dwelling, and the interplay between natural and artificial landscapes at the center, with specific attention to changing places where the crisis of specificity and the conflict between virtuality and real experience become increasingly pronounced. For several years, he has observed the cultural and social aspects of the surrounding territory, highlighting its contradictions.
Over the years, he has participated in various national and international residency programs. In 2017, he was awarded a scholarship by NCTM and L’Arte, which allowed him to develop a research project at Experimental Intermedia in New York. His work has been exhibited in various foundations and museums, such as the National Gallery of Rome and the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna.
In recent years, he has collaborated on and co-founded various artistic and curatorial projects, including Ramdom and Casa a Mare, which have allowed him to delve deeper into the study of places in relation to artistic practices. In 2018, together with Laura Perrone, he co-founded studioconcreto.