Magazine article Artforum International

Diego Bianchi: Galeria Alberto Sendros

Magazine article Artforum International

Diego Bianchi: Galeria Alberto Sendros

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It was not easy to get there. To reach the top you had to climb a steep, precarious-looking wooden ramp, with just a fraying rope suspended from the ceiling to hold on to. Having reached the top, you found a choreographed spectacle of chaos and mayhem, a blizzard of sounds and images--a camouflage tent, a series of yellow glue sticks and blue-and-white bottles of glue placed side by side like enemy armies, a television playing MTV and ESPN, mud volcanoes, bricks hanging precariously by strings from the ceiling, fruits and vegetable evoking genitalia, loaves of bread covered by weevils, football shirts dangling in the air, and sections of several local newspapers, all from the same Sunday, sliding down the wall. For "Imperi-alismo Minimalismo," Diego Bianchi transformed the gallery into a garage sale, a space where things are exchanged and nothing remains self-contained. With its rickety forms, the show seemed to be a reflection on the way international trends reach distant outposts of the art world as diffuse and contaminated echoes. One found oneself in an unstable border zone shaped by forces from elsewhere, beyond its control.

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Registering expansion as essentially entropic, the show is full of images of all sorts of prodigies of improbability--random variations, strange viruses, new kinds of matter--an aestheticization of alterity but also a paradigm of national growth in postcolonial worlds. If the imperial aspirations of the nineteenth century were symbolically encapsulated in the idea of morphological lineage in which all parts formed an organic whole, the various nationalisms of twenty-first-century life find representation in the idea of the discontinuous, characterized by breaks, eruptions, and interruptions.

Bianchi's strength lies in an ability to condense knotty realities in a nonstereotypical way and in terms that don't erase or sidestep complexity. …

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