South likes: Runo Lagomarsino at Nils Stærk, Copenhagen

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Runo Lagomarsino, Installation view Nils Stærk, 2014. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen

South likes: Runo Lagomarsino at Nils Stærk, Copenhagen
Against my Ruins
Nils Stærk, Copenhagen, Danemark
22 March – 17 May, 2014

For his second show at Nils Stærk, Runo Lagomarsino inquired into issues related to politics of display, cultural heritage, and colonial appropriation of ancient artifacts. The work titled They watched us for a very long time is composed by a grid of metal plates that used to be part of the illumination system of the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Another work, Pergamon (A Place in Things) consists of the careful arrangement of more than a hundred light bulbs and neon tubes from the same museum. In both these pieces the lighting elements are subject to a reversal in terms of context and function so that if they once favoured the showcasing of objects, now they are showcased themselves. The traces borne by these elements of illumination reflects both on the function of light in museums’ display and on the nature of the exhibited objects: on one side light is an element recalling images of purity, grace and enlightenment, on the other structures like the Pergamon Museum narrate the story of distant past civilizations together with the history of the colonial ventures that acquired the displayed artifacts. For this reason the previous works are well coupled with the gold-plated surface of the piece called Abstracto El Dorado, which refers to the utopian city covered in gold and gems that inspired and drove the explorations of the early colonial explorers of South America. A video called More delicate than the historians are the map maker’s colours complete the stance on colonial exploitation of Latin America by European explorers. The video is the recording of an action carried out by the artist and his father, throwing eggs at the Columbus monument in Seville, eggs illegally imported from South America. Eventually all the elements of the exhibition come together in a story that is just a part of the bigger picture but nevertheless this narration portraits a set of relations between people, geographies, and cultures, with the material and immaterial exchanges they set out.

Michelangelo Corsaro

http://nilsstaerk.dk

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Runo Lagomarsino, Installation view Nils Stærk, 2014. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen

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Runo Lagomarsino, Installation view Nils Stærk, 2014. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen

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Runo Lagomarsino, Installation view Nils Stærk, 2014. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen

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Runo Lagomarsino, Installation view Nils Stærk, 2014. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen

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Runo Lagomarsino, Installation view Nils Stærk, 2014. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen

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Runo Lagomarsino, Installation view Nils Stærk, 2014. Photo: Erling Lykke Jeppesen

 

 

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