Argh!, with Davide Savorani in conversation with Marta Federici. Published by bruno
How is it possible to narrate a performance practice through personal diaries? How can one create a possible path within a stream of private confessions, emotions, annotations and visual scripts? And how to put such a path into book form?
The publication is the result of a sharing process between curators Frida Carazzato and Caterina Riva, and the supervision of the artist, which was then joined by Allison Grimaldi Donahue’s written contribution and bruno’s graphic choreography. The diary pages were photographed by Louis De Belle.
“Argh! is an onomatopoeia that refers to a manifestation of the body, a state of mind, ceding to a sound the possibility of expressing it. It alludes to tiredness, exhaustion, but also to a reaction and release of the body towards a situation or environment. Argh! reports the recurring presence of the body in Davide Savorani’s drawings collected in personal diaries. Drawing for Davide Savorani has become an expressive necessity, but also an artistic tool of investigation, a source of ideas to draw on, a space for private confessions and emotions.
The publication is the result of an intense selection of drawings made over the past 15 years. In conceiving it, attention was paid to overlaying visual scripts designed for performative actions together with written materials describing personal events or delving into theoretical obsessions. Instead of categorizing or indexing the material in the notebook pages, the chosen graphic choreography as well as the new words written by Allison Grimaldi Donahue, embrace a lexicon of fragments, random overlays, and proximate memories triggered, but not contained, in the drawings themselves.”
Frida Carazzato, Caterina Riva
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On the weekend of March 25th and 26th, Davide Savorani will hold a workshop at Leporello involving students from the Rome campus of NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, who are called to confront a wall that we at Leporello are very fond of.
Davide Savorani writes: “Most likely that wall belongs to someone, but as far as I am concerned it belongs to everyone. I don’t know what lies behind that wall or even when it was built. What interests me is what could happen on the side that faces the world, under the more or less attentive gaze of those who pass through there on their way home, to work or for any other reason.”
We look forward to seeing the result of this transdisciplinary dialogue between Davide and the students of NABA New Academy of Fine Arts!
Davide Savorani, 2022
Hours and Infos
Leporello, Via del Pigneto, 162/e – Roma