Fabrizio Bellomo. Work and project presentation
Artist in residency at Tirana Art Lab
Wednesday 23rd of September 2015, 7 p.m
at Tirana Art Lab
Fabrizio Bellomo from Italy is the third artist in residency at Tirana Art Lab for 2015. Bellomo’s research and work in the last years has been focused on the relationship between human and machines; be it old mechanical machines or smartphones of the recent generation, for the artist they are quite the same thing. His main interest lies in the way how this relationship shapes, changes and modifies the identity of both elements.
“The machine has the ability to transform the human into a machine” writes Oscar Wilde. We could say that the working environment, that is still parcelized, and the professional identity of the individual are strongly connected with the tool (personal computer or hammer drill) being used, and resulting from the relationship with the machine.
In Albania, Bellomo has been hypnotized by the sceneries he has witnessed in some crossroads and roundabouts in major cities, where groups of workers ( each of them equipped with his machine) sit and wait ready to provide themselves to the best offer.
Another symbiotic relationship with the machine that has caught the interest of Bellomo, is that of a group of Roma and Egyptians ( a absolute majority in the recycling of urban waste) that manually modify, personalize and serialize their motorcycles according to their needs. While for the majority of citizens in Tirana, their identity is being characterized, shaped and modified in relation with this device.
Bellomo has been analysing the same process of identification in the employees of the industry of spectacle and entertainment, with whom he has collaborated for the realization of a film. In the field of television and film, he has observed an analogue identification of employees with the machines.
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Exhibition Opening 30th of September 2015, at 7 p.m