Exhibition view at Galerie Mehdi Chouakri at Mommsenstraße, 2019
Exhibition view of Galerie Mehdi Chouakri at Mommsenstraße, 2019
Dream Republic, 2018, 20 Giclée prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 Gr., framed 14 x 21 cm / 62 x 71 cm (framed), Edition of. 3 plus 2A.P.
Pièce Unique IV Luca Trevisani 04.05. – 08.06.2019Exhibition view at Mehdi Chouakri MommsenstrasseDream Republic, 201820 Giclée Prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 Gr., framed 14 x 21 cm / 5.5 x 8.3 in62 x 71 cm / 24.4 x 28 in (gerahmt) Edition of 3 plus 2 A.P.
Luca Trevisani's Dream Republic consists of 20 photographic portraits of sleeping artists* taken at the Grand Hotel et des Palmes in Palermo. The photos were captured in room 224—the same room in which Raymond Roussel was found dead on 14 July 1933. The title refers to „President of the Republic of Dreams“, a definition given to him by the surrealist poet Louis Aragon. It is within this historical context that Trevisani's Dream Republic should be seen. The fact that Richard Wagner—in whose musical oeuvre notions of sleep and dream are important components—completed Parsifal at the Grand Hotel et des Palmes simultaneously gains in importance.
For Dream Republic Trevisani collaborates with artists who participated in the "Raymond" exhibition in Palermo in 2018—an exhibition that was jointly curated by Trevisani and Olaf Nicolai as part of Manifesta 12. As hotel residents and therefore part of a temporary community the various artists were filmed or photographed while asleep. This homage to the French author Raymond Roussel is further completed by the publication of the book Via Roma.
Following Trevisani’s wish, Dream Republic is composed as a polyphonic artwork in reference to the "microcosm" of the Grand Hotel et des Palmes. The artists were invited to spend time at the hotel and leave traces of their movements throughout the semi-public and private rooms of the building. Dream Republic shows Trevisani's exploration of these spaces and also complements the works of the invited artists. The photographic portraits can be understood as the "nocturnal journal of room 224" and its various inhabitants, whose sleeping bodies were captured by an automatically triggered camera. Whilst uniting the respective “actors”, Dream Republic fits in with Trevisani's general conception of a "laboratory situation" that temporarily conflates theoretical, scientific, and formal aspects.
* Lucia Maria Amara, Meris Angioletti, Maria Anwander, Lupo Borgonovo, Angela Bulloch, Francesco Cavaliere, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Michael Dean, Haris Epaminonda, Eva Marisaldi, Maurizio Mercuri, Mathieu Mercier, Olaf Nicolai, Fabio Quaranta, Bojan Sarcevic, Michele di Stefano, Luca Vitone
Luca Trevisani (born 1979) lives and works in Milan and teaches in Venice and Bolzano. His works have appeared in numerous solo exhibitions, including: MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2018); Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier, Vienna (2017); Kunstverein Braunschweig (2016); ZKM - Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe (2015); Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2014); MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2013); NIMK Nederlands Instituut vor Mediakunst, Amsterdam (2010); as well as in group exhibitions, e.g. at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2014); in the Museo di Storia Naturale, Venice, (2013); MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2012); Biennale of Sydney, (2008).
(Luca Trevisani's Dream Republic project won the 2017 Italian Council competition—an initiative to promote Italian contemporary art.)