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IN PAVIA AT PALAZZO BOTTIGELLA

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It’s raining cats and dogs over here in Pavia.

That’s in fact where I have been for the past weeks: working at Palazzo Bottigella. I suppose I am the artist in residence at this beautiful Renaissance palazzo set bang in the middle of the historic centre of Pavia. This jewel town is just a stone throw away from Milano.

Pavia is renown for its historic university heaven amidst towers, churches, cafes and mouthwatering pasticcerie.

The narrow cobbled streets thrive up every day after 4 pm waking up its sleepy river: the Ticino.

That’s also the time when snippets of mysterious courtyards can be furtively peeked in. In a habitual movement, big seasoned wooden doors open up onto the streets briefly revealing their ancient and precious contents.

So while spring is still hibernating and dreaming of summertime or maybe just making it’s mind up if it’s worth popping out to face this world again, I have been working away by the fire in my Palazzo.

The show will open on 11th of April and my bags and I are racing against time to complete a quite ambitious project set in two very different locations: PALAZZO BOTTIGELLA and Hangart Gallery.

The two sites will be linked by my plastic bags and of course by art. So far I’ve worked about 3000 plastic bags for the palazzo and 2000 for Hangart studio.

The show is curated by Mariangela Calisti who has also commissioned this project.

Mariangela is an art collector and has been working in the field running her own art galleries for 33 years now. Her and husband Roberto and daughter Ginevra have been generous supporters of this non-profit  project.

Here are some pics of were I have been working: This is my studio with my bags spread all over the rooms, and pics of the delivery of a hollow tree trunk weighing 4 tons that will be the base of my installation at the palazzo.

I’ll better get back to my bags now, more info and pics on the development of the artwork will follow hopefully soon

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ENGLISH VERSION

Plastic. Bags. Plastic bags. Bags filled with plastic.

Millions of plastic bags transforming the landscape; thousands of plastic bags transformed into landscapes.

Just like infinite beads of water dripping into what becomes an ocean.

Plastic bags assembling like masses of molecules to build up ephemeral creations. Mirages that can only last a brief moment before chasing back again their breathless nomadic course.

Plastic bags acting like nature, mimicking its obsessive rhythms of endless repetitions and with relentless force evolving, regenerating and reclaiming.

Plastic bags salvaged and perpetually recycled until dissolved into dusty traces: deep, hollow footsteps indented by our daily contradictions that transform the planet and mould our minds.

Plastic bags are the protagonist of our epoch and of Claudia Borgna’s transient world.

Precarious and fragile although apparently eternal, Claudia’s installations mirror their daily surroundings. Myriad of white plastic bags craving life and colour: lifeless environments longing for air, light and rain.

Inspired by nature, shapes and concepts flawlessly pursue one another other in a string like sequence of seasons and days.

Released from pettiness, plastic bags are raised up to symbols, now metaphors transiting over the era of consumption. They are vessels containing and carrying our stories that universally bridge art with the ordinary and the overlooked commonness.

Claudia’s artificial landscapes are just humble poetic provocations offering a glimpse through the cracks of space left between nature and culture. They are a vulnerable sculptural space where to shape new interpretations, and where aesthetics are not an end but only a mean to seduce into a reflection on the daily conflict between nature and men.

Claudia and her plastic bags are getting ready. Soon they will be passing through Pavia to be hosted by Hangart Studio and Palazzo Bottigella.

Claudia Borgna graduated in foreigner literature from Genoa University and in Fine arts at London Metropolitan University. It is in the UK and in the US that Claudia was able to develop her art practice. For the past years she has been working with plastic bags, together they collaborate and travel the world.

For more details on Claudia’s work visit: http://www.claudiaborgna.com

ITALIAN VERSION

DI PASSAGGIO

Plastica, plastica e ancora plastica. Sacchetti. Migliaia di sacchetti che trasformano il paesaggio, migliaia di sacchetti di plastica che si trasformano in paesaggio. Come le infinite gocce d’acqua che formano il mare, i sacchetti si moltiplicano sino a modellare scenari effimeri che durano un istante per poi rincorrere il loro nomade destino.

Sacchetti che imitano la natura, che si ripetono, si modificano, si rinnovano e si riciclano sino a polverizzarsi in tracce: profonde orme delle contraddizioni giornaliere, quelle che trasformano il pianeta e scolpiscono le nostre menti.

Sacchetti che compongono un mondo, quello di Claudia Borgna. Precarie e fragili, anche se potenzialmente eterne, le installazioni di Claudia, si specchiano nel loro cosmo, dove natura e artificio attendono aria, luce e pioggia: inanimati sacchetti di plastica bianca bisognosi di vita e colore.

Ispirati alla natura, forme e concetti si rincorrono e si susseguono come i giorni e le stagioni. Sacchetti al vento finalmente liberi da ogni banalità si elevano a simbolo. Sacchetti: metafore in transito sull’era del consumismo. Sacchetti che si gonfiano della loro storia e universalmente raccordano due sponde: l’arte con la quotidianità.

Quelle di Claudia sono solo umili provocazioni poetiche dove l’estetica non un e’ fine ma un mezzo che invita a riflettere sul conflitto quotidiano fra l’uomo e la natura. Quelli di Claudia sono semplici paesaggi artificiali che inducono a prendere atto dell’inesorabile incalzare di significati ed interpretazioni che si plasmano nello spazio rimasto fra natura e cultura.

Claudia Borgna e i sacchetti si stanno organizzando. Presto passeranno anche da Pavia dove saranno ospiti di Hangart Studio e al Palazzo Bottigella.

Claudia Borgna si e’ laureata prima a Genova in lingue e letterature straniere poi in ‘Fine Arts’ a Londra. Il suo curriculum artistico si e’ principalmente formato nei paesi anglosassoni, appunto in Gran Bretagna e negli Stati Uniti. Da anni Claudia lavora con i suoi sacchetti di plastica, insieme viaggiano e collaborano in progetti artistici un po’ in giro per il mondo.