The artists, brought together in this exhibition, offer us instruments through which events and the notions of space and time that compose it are analysed together. The installation of Maria Domenica Rapicavoli (Italy, 1976) and the photographs of Matan Ashkenazy (Israel, 1986) shed light on the traces of a specific historical time, offering a reflection between what is visible and what is not.
A war event that happened in 1943 has changed the architectural structure of a historical building in Palermo, where Maria D. Rapicavoli was invited to exhibit at Manifesta 2018. The bomb that never exploded did not severely damage the building, but it tilted it to one side. The installation is represented in the gallery after the success of Palermo, recreating a slight disorientation that, besides questioning the state of knowledge, highlights the impact that political, economic and social structures have, inexorable, in our daily lives. The sculptural elements, in white porcelain, organised according to a military map, illustrate the tactical areas of Sicilian airspace.
In the works of Israeli photographer’s Matan Ashkenazy’s, there is an examination of the relationship between time and what is not perceivable. The investigastion in this case is made following the traces of dust and sand debris, in their inexorable, continuous movement across borders in the the Middle East. In the piece “A Cloud of Dust”, for instance, time and movement are crystallised and the flowing of dust is imprisoned in a photograph taken on the border between Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. A border at times invisible, untraceable, through which sand debris passes continuously, freely. Between past, present and future.