BOOKS HAVE THE POWER'
Text by Domenico de Chirico
BIANCHIZARDIN CONTEMPORARY ART, Milan
In an interview given at Oxford University in 1995, the Polish Krzysztof Kieślowski, universally recognised as one of the greatest authors in the history of cinema, said: "It stems from a firmly rooted conviction that, for the sake of culture, one should only deal with topics and situations that bind people, and not those that divide them. There are too many things in the world that divide people, such as religion, politics, history and nationalism. If culture is capable of everything, then it is capable of finding what unites us all. And there are so many things that unite people. No matter who you are or who I am, whether it is your tooth that hurts or mine, the pain is always the same. Feelings are what unite people, because the word 'love' has the same meaning for all of us. And so for 'fear' or 'suffering'. We are all afraid in the same way and of the same things. And we all love in the same way. That is why I speak of these things, because in all others I immediately find division'.
And it is according to these premises that this new exhibition chapter by LibriBianchi, the artistic duo composed of Lorenzo and Simona Perrone, entitled "BOOKS HAVE THE POWER" takes shape at the Milanese BIANCHIZARDIN gallery's exhibition spaces.
And so, what more than a book can have this unifying power as a communicative expedient par excellence of profound sharing and heartfelt co-participation?
The ontological sublimation that causes something acting as a medium or instrument to transform itself to the point of constituting itself as an autarkic and independent thing has always been an aspect deeply investigated by philosophy, especially by the phenomenological branch. What we are witnessing in the case of the works presented here is a double and incisive process of sublimation, where books in themselves are indeed instruments of culture, vehicles of information, but at the same time they are actually precious containers of knowledge, indefinite theoretical spaces, speaking pages, cellulose full of wisdom, and it is in all these aspects that their uniqueness and sacredness is contained. A book is therefore in itself a thing that decants itself and at the same time says someone else's saying. The passage from the semantic sphere, here performed by the LibriBianchi duo, to the symbolic one is by no means immediate, but is the result of a slavish artistic practice, of a perpetual technical evolution that becomes ever more refined and of a radical bibliographical introjection.
LibriBianchi is the pure expression of Lorenzo and Simona Perrone's artistic and personal research, which has been developing for over twenty years. Such a consistent temporal parenthesis has led the two artists both to a cohesive and indissoluble development and to an unparalleled technical refinement, thanks also to the various materials used and the way they admirably intersect with the source element, which can be identified not only in the book itself but also in the omnipresent use of the colour white, source colour par excellence, pure luminosity and additive synthesis of all the colours of the visible spectrum. This metaphorical, sculptural, material and softly tactile approach leads the book to an ancestral material exaltation, even before the word, where it, as a solemn entity, affirms itself in silence as a current commendation of a past saying that looks to the future and to contemporary social and environmental issues, whispering without ever shouting, in a musically harmonious pause, ponderous and light at the same time, and which induces the spectator to ask himself atavistic questions and to reflect on the great unknown of our future.