Paolo Kanevari | Paolo Canevari
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Kontinenti, 2003. (kadrovi iz videorada) | Continents, 2003 (video stills)


Born in 1963 in Rome, Italy.
Lives and works in Rome.

Continents, 2003 (video stills)

The modern democratic world is divided into five different continents: Australia, America, Africa, Europe and Asia. This “democratic” geographical approach did not take into account the profound differences between cultures and ancient natural borders, but instead created an abstract and selfish pattern that we still utilize nowadays not just to describe a geographical contest, but also to address somebody or something in a racist or racial way. (For example: African or European…).

My work describes the five continents as five animals: America/Dog, Australia/Rabbit, Asia/Rat, Europe/Cat, Africa/Pig, the animals are all of a domestic kind and can be found all over the world. They appear in a tableau, each of them leashed to a big tire on which is written the name of the corresponding continent. The placement of the tires and animals evokes the five Olympic rings (the symbol of the five continents). Each animal has a different symbolism in different part of the world. My work is a reflection on the prejudice that each society adopts towards “Others” and how this underlines its own ignorance and fears.

Biography

Paolo Canevari was born in 1963 in Rome, Italy. He lives and works in Rome, Italy. He participated in What to expect at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, USA, in 2003, in the Liverpool Biennial, Great Britain, in 2004, in Galleria Christian Stein Milan, in the context of the Basel Art Fair, Switzerland, in 2005, and in 2006 in Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA.

Rođen 1963. u Rimu, Italija.
Živi i radi u Rimu.

Kontinenti, 2003. (kadrovi iz videorada)

Savremeni demokratski svet podeljen je na pet različitih kontinenata: Australiju, Ameriku, Afriku, Evropu i Aziju. Ovaj “demokratski” geografski pristup nije uzimao u obzir duboke razlike između kultura i drevne prirodne granice, već je umesto toga stvorio jedan apstraktan i sebičan model koji danas još uvek koristimo, ne samo da bismo opisali jedan geografski kontekst već i da bismo se nekome ili nečemu obratili na rasistički ili rasni način. (Na primer: Afrikanac ili Evropljanin…)

U mome radu pet kontinenata opisuju se kao pet životinja: Amerika/pas, Australija/zec, Azija/pacov, Evropa/mačka, Afrika/svinja; sve su to domaće životinje i mogu se naći širom sveta. Pojavljuju se u jednoj slici, a svaka od njih vezana je za veliku gumu na kojoj je napisano ime odgovarajućeg kontinenta. Položaj guma i životinja podseća na pet olimpijskih krugova (simboi pet kontinenata). Svaka od životinja ima različitu simboliku u različitim delovima sveta. Moj rad je odraz predrasuda koje svako društvo ima prema “Drugima” i toga kako te predrasude naglašavaju neznanje i strahove društva.

Biografija

Paolo Kanevari rođen je 1963. u Rimu, Italija. Živi i radi u Rimu, Italija. Učestvovao je na izložbama What to expect u Sean Kelly Gallery u Njujorku, SAD, 2003. godine, na Liverpulskom bijenalu u Velikoj Britaniji 2004. godine, u galeriji Christian Stein, Milano, u kontekstu izložbe Basel Art Fair, Švajcarska, 2005. godine, i 2006. godine na Whitney Biennial u Whitney Museum of American Art, Njujork, SAD.