Giuseppe Lana

 
 

Giuseppe Lana (Italy, 1979) works are based on his life and the events, people, his origins and the situations he experiences. He tackles politically charged and anthropologically based issues by creating a connection with history. By creating sculptures, he investigates aesthetics and identity in connection to transformation and fluidity. In 2008, he became a co-founder and director of the project space BOCS (Box Of Contemporary Space) in Catania, Italy. Lana participated to Manifesta Biennial in Palermo last year, and had solo shows at Francesco Pantaleone in Italy, Five Years Gallery in London. He was part of group exhibitions in museums all around Europe, most notably the Riso Museum in Palermo, and he recently completed a residency at Boghossian Foundation in Bruxelles.

 

Square is a project with monumental billboards that were scattered around Palermo during Manifesta biennial, in an exhibition curated by Mike Watson. In such a particular historical moment, where both global and local play a crucial role at a social and economic level, where social media is strong and effective in its ephemerality, Lana chooses a vehicle that is ubiquitous and widely accessible: billboard poster design. He presents four billboards featuring a quote from Mussolini’s speech in 1935: “a nation of poets, of artists, of heroes, of saints, of thinkers, of scientists, of navigators, of migrants…” The speech itself is visible at the top of the Palazzo della Civilità in South East Rome. Lana wants to reverse the nationalistic nature of the quote by having it translated in four different Mediterranean languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish and Greek. These cultures all bear historic testimony in Sicily. With identity and migration at the heart of an international debate, Lana views those involved in migration as among the most fragile and oppressed of contemporary society, caught in the cross-hairs of ideological and territorial conflicts– but whose strength also consists in being included amongst ‘poets, artists, heroes, saints, thinkers, scientists, navigators and transmigrators and therefore linked to the concept of multicultural belonging which crosses all geographical boundaries. In this way, Mussolini’s self-referential phrase is reinterpreted by the artist as shared history and universal responsibility.

"Memory is something hidden in the mind, brought to life through images and words, in a different shape all the time.  We can acquire the new, or reinforce the old and modify it. In any case, either consciously or unconsciously we remember: borrowing concepts and mental landscapes from the library of our brain. Here, memories resemble books in shelves: some rather accessible and others cryptic to the intellect; all of them wearing our own signature. Thus, with little patience, one can script a story." This is how artist Giuseppe Lana began writing his autobiography. From 2008, the artist initiated by reflecting upon the concept of deformation, as a pretext to investigate the relationship between the human condition and the unpredictability of events. The works are part of a project called DRON. As in a chain-reaction, DRON has developed – and still develops – in different takes comprising of DRON 0, DRON 3, DRON 5, DRON 8 and DRON 24: all of them aiming to trace a personal, yet somehow universal, psychogeography of the existence. This juxtaposes the artist’s own experience to that of any other individual, in a creative and evolutionary journey. Giuseppe Lana repaints a path marked by uncertain variables and unlimited possibilities. The last experience about this project is DRON 8, a traditional clock-wall endlessly scanning the time anticlockwise. The artist spent months working with an expert clock maker in Italy to be able to achieve this mechanism.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

Exhibition at Spazio Murat, Polo del Contemporaneo, Bari, Italy

2018
Square, Official Collateral Event of MANIFESTA12, Palermo, Italy (curated by Mike Watson)
 

2016
Out of Sight: a studio practice, Five Years Gallery, London, UK (curated by Amy E.Brown, Miriam La Rosa) 

2015
L’uccisione di Priamo, Galleria Francesco Pantaleone, Palermo, Italy (curated by Agata Polizzi) 

2014
FRAGILE, Galleria UPP, Venezia, Italy (curated by Miriam La Rosa) 

2012
TOMO, “Temporary project space”, GarageArt, Berlin, Germany (Text curated by Mike Watson)   
DRON 24, Stipendiaty artists Project to Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin,  Germany (curated by Jane Kage) 
 

2011
Externum Historia, Farm Cultural park, Favara, Italy (curated by Donatella Giordano) 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Paredolia, The Space Station Gallery and Daniel Benjamin Gallery, Hoxton Square, London, UK

Crossover, Biennale Archipelago Mediterraneo (BAM), Palermo, Italy 

2018
Politics of dissonance, MANIFESTA12, Palermo, Italy (curated by Mike Watson) 
PHOTOLOGY AIR (Art In Ruins), Noto, Italy (curated by Gino Giannuizzi) 
 

2017
Business as usual, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (project by Perce Jerrom, curated by Sascha Hundorff, Mario Margani) 

2016
FillmNightScaryMovies, Five Years Gallery, London, UK (curated by Amy E.Brown)

OUT OF SIGHT, Five Years Gallery, London, UK 
Forms And Objects, Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Trevi, Italy (curated by Franko B, Maurizio Coccia) 
Etna rêverie, tenuta Primaterra, 
contrada Sciaranuova 
Passopisciaro, Randazzo, Italy  (curated by Daniele Perra) 

2015
Contemporary Divan, Museo di Palazzo Milio, Ficarra, Italy (curated by G. Iovane, Lorand Hegy
Ce l’ho / Mi manca, History of collecting in Italy in the last ten years, Museo Mandralisca, Cefalu, Italy (curated by Agata Polizzi) 
Inter Nation Art, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia (curated by Jan Kage) 
 

2014
The artist as curator’s art Vol. IV, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany 
Un’opera per il castello, III edizione, Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, Italy 
Contemporary Park Art Project / CPAP, Villa Aurelia, Parco Archeologico Valle Dei Templi, Agrigento, Italy (curated by Giusi Diana) 
Let it go, Museo RISO, Museo arte moderna e contemporanea, Palermo, Italy (curated by C. Perrella, L.Bruni, V.Bruschi, D.Bigi, L.Barreca, G.Iovane H.Marsala) 
PenA3 , L’A projec space, Palermo, Italy (curated by G. Buzzotta, V. Schillaci) 

2013
Togli il fermo, American Academy, Roma, Italy (curated by Nari Ward) 
Controcarrettadellasperanza – Castello di Pantelleria, Pantelleria / B.a.d Pietrasanta, Italy  (curated by L.Bruni, S.Ialongo) 
Centro Arte Contemporanea, San Benedetto del tronto, Italy (curated by Franco Marconi) 
Premio Paolo Parati, Milan, curated by Lorenzo Bruni e Giuditta Deodato) 

2012
Sprezzatura, L.E.M Sassari, Palermo, Italy (curated by Alberto Zanchetta) 
Planetarium, Gum studio, Turin, Italy (curated by Namsal Siedlecki, Helena Hladilova) 
Trinacria Contemporary, ArtFactory2, Le Ciminiere, Catania, Italy
QUADRATONOMADE, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (curated by D.Pinocci, D.Giordano, S.Martinelli) 

2011
All places are temporary places, Catania, Italy (curated by Adele Nicotra) 
AGHILISTY, Artissima LIDO, Turin, Italy  (curated by GUM Studio) 
Young Forever, Palazzo della Cultura, C.o.C.A, Modica,  Italy (curated by Francesco Lucifora) 
Arte e collezionismo, Artekne mostra mercato, Matera, Italy (curated by Renato Bianchini) 
 

2010

Sweet sheets (moves to modica), Palazzo della Cultura, Modica, Italy  (curated by F. Lupo) 
Person less, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Italy (curated by Angelique Campens, Erica Cooke, Chris Fitzpatrick) 
Persona in meno, Fondazione Garrone, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy 

Main Projects 2018/2010

Archeologia e scienze naturali, Museo d’Aumale, Terrasini, Italy 

Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium 

“FORMS AND OBJECTS”, Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary, Trevi, Italy 

“The artist as curator’s art Vol. IV”, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany 

“UN’OPERA PER IL CASTELLO” III edizione, Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, Italy 

“Contemporary Park Art Project ”, Villa Aurelia, p. archeologico Valle Dei Templi, Agrigento, Italy

“ARTISTSTOW”, C.o.C.a /palazzo della cultura, Modica, Italy 

“SWEET SHEET”, palazzo della cultura, Modica, Italy 

“TITOLO GROSSO”, CRIPTA 747, Turin, Italy 

“KATAUNAS”, Balta gallery / Galleria Meno Parkas , Kaunas, Lithuania

 

Workshops and Residencies 2018-2010

Residency, Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Peppimenarti, Australia.  Partners: The University of Melbourne, – Italian Institute of Culture, Melbourne, – Italian Institute of Culture, Sydeny, – CO.AS.IT –Museo Italiano, Language and Cultural Centre, – Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation 

Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium (curated by Bruno Cora) 
A studio practice, Five Years Gallery, London, UK (curated by Amy E.Brown, Miriam La Rosa) 
Etna rêverie, tenuta Primaterra, Randazzo, Italy (curated by Daniele Perra)
Contemporary Divan/Salotto del Contemporaneo, Museo Milio Ficarra, Ficarra, Italy (curated by L. Hegyi) 
Paesaggio con artista, Labico, Rome, Italy (curated by Ines Musumeci Greco) 
Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’arte, Poirino, Turin, Italy (curated by Gail Cocrhane) 
Stipendiaty, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (curated by di Jane Kage)
Farm Cultural Park, Favara, Italy (curated by Andrea Bartoli) 
Ritratti Ambientati, Fondazione Horcynus Orca, Messina, Italy (curated by Martina Corgnati) 

Education

2006

Degree, Fine Arts Academy, Catalania, Spain