ISCP TalkAugust 24, 2010
Salon: Stefano Cagol (Italy) and Jonggeon Lee (South Korea)
Stefano Cagol will present two video works part of an ongoing social-practice-based project titled Scintillio e Cenere (Sparkling and Ash). In Taranto, the dirtiest city of Italy polluted by one of the biggest steel works in Europe, Cagol asked inhabitants to give sparkling objects in exchange of ash. He collected the objects during a traveling and standing action (in collaboration with Valentina Vetturi) through the city’s neighborhoods. He then realized a collective sparkling monument, marked by a white flag with the writing ‘Cenere’ (ash). The project is part of Miraggi (Mirages) at the Aragon Castle, Taranto, Italy (July 3 – September 13, 2010).
Through videos, photographs, installations and actions Stefano Cagol touches upon socio-political themes, pointing to the contradiction between beliefs and influences.
Jonggeon Lee will introduce a selection of recent works. Jonggeon’s sculpture and installation focuses on both domestic and public architectural structures, such as staircases or historic monuments that have been displaced from their original contexts. In an effort to capture his experience of cultural displacement, he reproduces components of architectural structures that evoke both the time and space of its origins. Lee distorts and crops the decorative elements of domestic Colonial houses, reconfigures the scale and material of historic monuments, and combines historic architectural structures with everyday objects. In his work, he transforms architectural structures in order to dislodge them from their initial function of structure. As a result, in each of his works, time becomes fixed and isolated from its conventional cycle, creating memories of space.