EX CHIESA DI SAN MATTIA – BOLOGNA
Borondo starts from one of the most ancient narrative texts in the world, and undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary, the book of Genesis, to sensorially revisit the first six days of creation.
In “Settimo Giorno” culminates a long creative process that Gonzalo Borondo has been able to intertwine with the peculiar internal structure of the Former Church of San Mattia, without neglecting its spots of meditation, stillness, and silence.
For the first time in this exhibition, the Spanish artist uses video as the main expressive medium: more than sixty videos are placed in the six chapels and the altar to visually narrate the six days of the creation myth. The videos -almost a thousand cyanotype photograms, manually manipulated-, realized with analog development techniques and combined with the current 3D technology, represent a transition between the past and the present and viceversa, both technically and conceptually.
These visual creations are embedded with the architectural spaces, overlapping them and recreating a kind of unconventional dialogue between heritage and contemporary creation.
In “Settimo Giorno”, the word similarly shapes the spaces of the Church of St. Matthias through the poem of Ángela Segovia(National Poetry Prize in Spain), the author of the recorded bits of text that, whispered by herself, the spectator will hear in the different spaces, accompanied by the veiled notes of composer Irene Galindo Quero (winner of the Berlin-Rheinsberger Kompositionspreis).
Inside the church, images, videos and sounds narrate the abysses of the feeling of transformation and acceleration that dominates contemporaneity, contrasting it with a possibility of rest, an imaginative “antigenesis”, a limbo in which the destruction, that creation inexorably needs, stops.
handcrafted by gonzalo borondo in a limited edition of 50 pieces (42 pages, 29×20.5 cm).
Inside you will find: a screenprint (ed. of 15), a cyanotype, the poem written by Ángela Segovia (National Poetry Prize in Spain),
digital photo prints of the installation, photograms, drawings,
and frames of Gonzalo Borondo's video installation for SETTIMO GIORNO.