Andrea Bocca, Edoardo Caimi, Lorenzo Lunghi and Edoardo Manzoni reflect on the dialogue between the industrial and rural landscape, an element that marks the flatland where they grew up and has always influenced their practices.

Fortezza
Artists: Andrea Bocca, Edoardo Caimi, Lorenzo Lunghi, Edoardo Manzoni
April 15 – May 10, 2019
GiacomQ, Bergamo, Italy

The artists identify in the industrial structures in ruins a common interest that becomes the starting point of the exhibition. The abandoned warehouse is read by the artists as an emblem of a contemporary apocalypse: a dangerous and repelling fortress controlled by the authorities that forbid its access, an inaccessible ruin inhabited by ghosts that leave graffiti as traces of their passage.
During many visits to abandoned spaces, study material was collected for the development of the exhibition project. Focusing on the harmfulness of industrial waste, the dangerousness of unfinished architectures and their mixing with the surrounding natural landscape, the artists tried to bring to GiacomQ's exhibition spaces the feeling of insecurity that hovers in these places through site-specific installations.

How can we survive in a post-industrial world inhabited by abandoned wreckage and harmful waste that, with the passing of time, ends up defining a new horizon for the natural world?
The artists have worked imagining future scenarios and at the same time looking at the primitive world, its means of subsistence and its rituals to reflect the concept of survival, where both the technical tool and the magical thought are configured as means of control and defense. The works on display in the exhibition are therefore conceived both as residues of possible functional objects and as remnants of ritual practices.

By processing and superimposing multifunctional survival tiles, Andrea Bocca shapes decorative architectural elements that can be used for different functions in space.
Edoardo Caimi uses windows as a support to create a site specific "graffito" that recalls the primitive world, a seal made of different materials such as plasticine, mud and straw.
Lorenzo Lunghi reflects on the idea of "do it yourself". Combining skateboard protection with resin and aluminium elements, he creates armours that can be used by children between the ages of ten and sixteen to defend themselves in post-apocalyptic situations. Edoardo Manzoni looks at the dialogue between natural and artificial, human and animal, elaborating it through the theme of hunting. The works on display present themselves as traps, referring at the same time to stinging elements of furniture.

Andrea Bocca (Crema, 1996) lives and works between Crema and Milan. He has recently been a guest of Viafarini in Milan, and has won the San Paolo Invest Award in Treviglio, which will lead to a solo exhibition. In 2018 he participated in the workshop Marcello Maloberti. È il corpo che decide, at the Museo del '900 in Milan, on the occasion of the Furla Series. Among his most recent group exhibitions can be remembered The paradigm of Khun, at the Fuoricampo Gallery in Siena and Studio 02 in Cremona, and, in 2017, the exhibition The Great Learning, curated by Marco Scotini at the Triennale of Milan. In 2016 he founded the collective Ditto.

Edoardo Caimi (Milan, 1989) lives and works between Lodi and Milan. With his work he investigates the contrast between the contemporary and the primitive, the technological and the tribal, the artificial and the natural, creating an imagery based on the short-circuit between these different worlds. He has partecipated in several exhibitions such as Chapter 2 (Autumn), Residenza La Fornace, 2018 and PGSD at the MARCA museum in Catanzaro, 2018.

Lorenzo Lunghi (Crema, 1993). He lives and works between Crema and Milan. His works have been exhibited in different contexts, among which we can mention Chapter 2 (Autumn), Residenza La Fornace, 2018; Singolare, Kilometro Rosso Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico, Bergamo, 2016; Avviso di garanzia, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio, Fuoriuso, Pescara, 2016. He has recently participated in the workshop with Matt Mullican at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2018. In 2016 he founded the collective Ditto.

Edoardo Manzoni (Crema, 1993) lives and works in Milan. His works have been exhibited in different contexts, among which we can mention Luna, Ruta, Tuono, Quercia, solo exhibition curated by Sara Fontana, Spazio Menouno, Treviglio (2017); The Great Learning, curated by Marco Scotini, La Triennale of Milan (2017), and Betulla, Sonnenstube, Lugano (2016). In 2016 he founded the collective Ditto, and in 2018 he realized the project "Residenza La Fornace", where he invited different artists to enter and confront themselves with the farmhouse where he grew up and where he still carries on his artistic research.

Photography: Andrea Bocca, all images copyright and courtesy of the artists