BY EUGENIO TIBALDI
The work “Sunday Lunch” by Eugenio Tibaldi is part of the permanent installations at Dello Scompiglio and leaves a trace of his solo exhibition “Architetture dell'isolamento” (Architecture of Isolation). During the first lockdown in March 2020, the artists visits an elegant apartment in the centre of Turin, abandoned for a decade. His interest in working on mutations, margins and peripheries, leads him to question and investigate the accumulation of objects, of every type and origin, that are found, completely covered in dust, inside the house. A huge amount of materials collected obsessively by the person who has spent the last ten years of his life confined to that space, refusing all contact with the outside.
In the project “Architetture dell’isolamento” the human condition of this persona is not called to witness; it is of little importance who he/she was and how he/she was physically. Instead, there emerges the posthumous construction of the conceptual palimpsest of a choice, a possible way that exists within each of us, in which any concept of external space is cancelled, allowing oneself to drift towards total social disappearance. An external dimension that, in this sense, vanishes in an absolute and objective acceptation. This space becomes only a simplified reference of the porous nature that forms us, that aggregates light and shadow according to our desire for gaze and emotional charge. A project in which collecting and deprivation go hand in hand and in which isolation, madness and the need to deprive oneself of any social life are formalised.
Eugenio Tibaldi (1977) – An artist who has always been attracted by marginal dynamics and aesthetics, by the complex relationship between economy and contemporary landscape. Born in Alba, in 2000 he moved to the Neapolitan hinterland where he began a work that investigates one of the most plastic and dynamic areas of Italy and draws a kind of map of informality; the fringe, in the sense of a condition often more mental than geographic, which represents the only true way able to generate alternative possibilities, other levels of reading, that represent the majority of the human population. He has worked in Istanbul, Cairo, Rome, Thessaloniki, Berlin, Verona, Havana, Bucharest, Turin, Caracas, Brussels, Tirana, Addis Ababa.