“All’aperto”, curated by B. Casavecchia and A. Zegna, Fondazione Ermenegildo Zegna, Trivero (BI), 2009
The dog shown here belongs to one of the families of Trivero. This work is dedicated to those dogs and to the people who will sit here and talk about them
The work is a series of benches in various places in the city, on which sculptures are positioned of dogs belonging to families in Trivero (BI). Each bench bears the caption: “The dog shown here belongs to one of the families of Trivero. This work is dedicated to those dogs and to the people who will sit here and talk about them”.
“When I was asked to work on this territory – the artist says – I immediately thought about dogs. First of all because they resemble their owners, not just physically, but also psychologically; then, because in the end they have the territory in their noses; and, finally, because they are a marvelous metaphor for art: like works, they establish a dialogue and talk with everyone”. Therefore the artist imagined the project as a mechanism capable of constructing unexpected relationships between the society of men and that of animals. “With this work – he continues – I have tried to construct a device capable of subtly modifying the landscape of Trivero, which is basically the stratified narrative of the coexistence between man and nature”.
The caption is designed to spread the project around the city under the guise of “gossip”, not only as urban furniture. “What interests me is that the work should spread, like a lit fuse, through the social fabric – the artist says. – I hope and imagine that dog owners will talk to each other about it, and so on; I hope the stories of people will slowly spread through the territory in a spontaneous way, constructing a new landscape: exactly like an ‘other’ landscape, that of dogs. Local residents may even help to channel the work without knowing it. Unconsciously, they will be the work… In this case the citizens and their dogs, more than ever, will have been a central part of the process, and I hope they become a vehicle of potentially infinite narrations, in space and time”.