After multiple reincarnations, for the first phase of the project IT – Caterina Silva has sent the picture of the painting Le Bal by Berthe Morisot to some friends and artists asking them to make a copy of it. Each of them answered the call using her or his own code.
The identification process is partially accidental, eventually reflective: in some cases, the recipient has seen in the painting a resemblance with the sender, in other cases a simple image, at times an icon to identify with or an impressionist portrait painting.
The image becomes a neuter open apparatus, a receiver for possible stories.
The project doesn’t aim at demolishing the idea of the Subject, rather it aims at putting it through maintenance’s exercises, in order to regenerate it and to improve its functions.
The project implies actions of appropriation and re-writing of the work of a series of French artists and theorists through different media.
The ongoing process is generating a neuter unnamed and mysterious creature.
Caterina is writing its diary through painting.
The 16th of December from 06.00 p.m. the works done by invited friends and artists will be on show in a private flat in Paris.
In the basement of the same building, the first part of the Diary of the creature will be displayed.
The show is structured like a trip from an underground/outside zone, which refers to the possibility for the self to stay outside the language and the meaning, to a more intimate zone, where the self expresses itself but filtered by the request of someone else’s need.
Paris, Cité Internationale des Arts, 2012