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Argh! is an onomatopoeia which references a bodily expression, a state of mind described through a sound rather than words. It hints at fatigue, exhaustion but also a reaction and a release of the body towards a situation or an environment. Argh! introduces the recurring presence of the body in Davide Savorani’s series of private notebooks through drawings. They are an expressive necessity, but also an artistic tool of enquiry, a source of ideas, space for personal confessions and emotions.
This publication is an intense selection of drawings the artist made in the last 15 years. In doing this, we have paid attention to the crossing of visual scripts for performative actions, written materials describing personal occurrences or delving into theoretical obsessions. Rather than categorise or index the drawings, the graphic design as well as the text commissioned to and composed by Allison Grimaldi Donahue, embrace a lexicon of fragments, of chance overlapping and of close memories, triggered, yet not contained, by the drawings.
Davide Savorani, Argh!
Curated by di Frida Carazzato, Caterina Riva
Text by Allison Grimaldi Donahue