Magazine article Artforum International

Luca Vitone

Magazine article Artforum International

Luca Vitone

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Luca Vitone's exhibition "Itinerari Intimi" (Intimate journeys) presented a selection of works keyed to significant moments in the artist's life. This autobiographical journey began with a black-and-white photograph of Vitone as a child, standing in front of a map of Italy. As suggested by the title, Previsioni del tempo (Previsions of time), the photo might be read as a prophetic image, given Vitone's later explorations of topography as a subject for his art. Nearby, a pile of letters and postcards, visibly water-damaged, lay on the floor of the gallery. This piece, Corrispondenza (Correspondence), 1998, represented all the mail the artist had ever received, from childhood up until the day his studio was flooded in 1998, a catastrophe that explains the papers' condition. This was one of the most interesting pieces, not only because of its emotional and poetic import, but because of the way it engaged with a series of 144 photographs, taken by the artist while he was on vacation, hanging on the wall behind it. The artificial, banal exoticism of the postcards was thus juxtaposed with the true exoticism of distant locales visited directly, offering the viewer two different (but not really so different) modalities for experiencing landscape.

In another room, a colored diagram charted the time slots during which various people worked at Link, an alternative space in Bologna famous for its cultural activities and enlivened to a great degree by Vitone himself (143, Link, 1999). Here the artist turned a mundane schedule into a kind of abstract language. …

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