Aliqual is a project that Massimo Mastrorillo started to develop after having returned to L’Aquila for about six years, making the transition from the documentation of the aftermath of the 2009 earthquake to a visual exploration focusing on a shadowy area, where a currently uninhabitable world seems to be coming back to life.
Laquilalaquilalaquilaaliqualaliqualaliqual: a very simple game that consists of repeating a word again and again until its meaning breaks down and becomes something mysterious that disorientates us and gives us the opportunity to imagine a world that has suddenly become something else.
This overturning of the very meaning of reality is expressed in the title itself, whose letters mingle and are muddled in a sort of game of combinations that opens the doors of a city animated by a distant and alienated vision, a modern version of Gulliver’s moral travels.
Leaving behind the archipelago of the new suburbs built following the earthquake, Massimo Mastrorillo returns to the city centre, but this closing in draws him into a centrifugal dynamic: fragments and ruins seem to come to life in an improbable dystopian future that becomes the metaphor of a much further-reaching crisis, beyond the effects of an event – the earthquake – that is still far from being overcome.
It is an existential and collective crisis that manifests itself in a rapport with history and memory that seems inexorably destined to lose its meaning in the relentless pursuit of interiors of a centre that seems infested rather than inhabited, where everything is subject to continuous metamorphoses, and the organic mingles with the disorganic. No sooner do you immerse yourself in these settings than you find yourself elsewhere, like in a play of mirrors where the perception of things goes adrift.
In this suspended time, it becomes impossible to explore the future with the language of documentation, which is replaced instead by almost automatic recordings of colours, lines and geometric patterns. They offer an improbable measurement of the chaos that attempts to rebuild new possibilities of existence through the continuous disassembly and reassembly of forms.
di Massimo Mastrorillo/D.O.O.R.
Fonderia 20.9 Via XX Settembre 67, Verona
23 Jan – 6 Feb 2016
Opening Saturday 23 January, 19 pm.