Mia cugina Marcella e la guerra civile [My cousin Marcella and the Civil War] is an exhibition which includes ideological works and performances that was presented in Barcelona in 1999.
Some pieces are on display for the first time.
The theme is the Spanish civil war, in which many Italians took part. In the exhibition, a young man hands out to the visitors a typical Spanish dish, and points to a young woman, on whose back the film La ballata di un soldato [A soldier's ballad] by Grigorji Chukhraj is being projected.
The sweetness of life and the bitterness of death interweave and sediment on things.
Some everyday objects that are not explicitly dramatic are fixed to a wooden board: a photograph of military airplanes contrasts with that of a woman holding her daughter’s hand whilst they flee from an air raid; a bag of the Italian Red Cross (Marcella, the artist’s cousin, was a nurse in the International Brigades), a pair of stitch scissors, some stamps, a film canister, some motorbike tyres, photos and other unaware but involved objects.
The artist’s work tries to identify the mystery of “things”, which survived to the fingers and to the minds of the people who created them and that now bring their human trace.
It is the memory of war during a moment of peace at the end of the century.
Sweetness and violence frenetically flow together without being afraid of each other: they make war abstruse and life essential.
Exhibition dates and venues
1999 – Sala Montcada, Fundaciòn La Caixa, Barcelona, curated by Martì Peran
2005 – Murato Vivo [Buried Alive, La Nuova Pesa, Rome
2012 – Fabio Mauri, THE END, Royal Palace of Milan, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti
2013 – Fabio Mauri – Pic nic e Il buon soldato [Picnic and The Good Soldier], Galleria Michela Rizzo, Giudecca, Venice
2014 – La guerra che verrà non è la prima 1914-2014 [The coming war won’t be the first one 1914-2014], Mart Museum of modern and contemporary art, Trento and Rovereto