20 December 2018

‘Six Memos’ at Galeria Labirynt

Luca Arboccò, Three Channels (Trompe l’OEil) IV, print on acetate sheet, 2018. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
‘Six Memos’ at Galeria Labirynt
Luca Arboccò, Three Channels (Trompe l’OEil) IV, print on acetate sheet, 2018. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza

‘Six Memos’ build up on the legacy of eponymous collection of (five) essays, a last, unfinished and posthumous book by Italian novelist Italo Calvino – ‘Six Memos for the next Millennium’ that gathers five lectures by Calvino written for Harvard University lecture series in 1985 and published in 1988. Today we mark the 30th anniversary of Calvino’s notes and ideas.

Albano Leal Ribeiro, Calvino’s half a dozen, video 04’36’’, 2017. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Arnaud Caquelard, At least As lost As Atlas, installation, 2014–2018. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Cristina R. Vecino, Under the Noise and Fury, photographs, 2017. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Esther Gatón, Three Manners of Sitting , sculpture, 2017. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Fabio Tasso, E0BSY18, resin, 2015–2018. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Garance Alves, From All Angles Book (single edition), text and colour photographs, 2017. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Hristina Ivanoska, Untitled (I’m searching for myself in history but cannot find myself anywhere), cotton thread on woolen felt, 2016. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Pranas Griušys, The President’s New Clothes, oil on canvas, 2012. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza
Yane Calovski, Compressed minimum, synthetic rubber, organic pigment, metal, 2016/2017. Photo: Marcin Pietrusza

Five essays bearing titles – Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility, Multiplicity (sixth – Consistency, only planned and projected, due to author’s death) represent conceptual trajectories in order to understand the continuing transformations in the world and mainly through literature and language, Calvino’s main interests, but it can be understood further reflecting ideas in art, society and culture. 30 years after publishing, as a reality check, we can reflect on Calvino’s legacy of Six Memos, as a possible future projection and a look back on a common heritage, imagination, humanity and civilization.


ArtistAdam Lee, Albano Leal Ribeiro, Alice Pouzet, Arnaud Caquelard, Cristina R. Vecino, Esther Gatón, Fabio Tasso, Garance Alves, Laura Robertson, Luca Arboccò, Ludomir Franczak, Magdalena Franczak, Pranas Griušys, Ricardo Suárez, Sébastien Camboulive, Tjasa Kalkan, Victor Hugo Martín Caballero, Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska, Zlatko Kopljar
ExhibitionSix Memos
Place / venueGaleria Labirynt, Lublin
DatesNovember 23 - December 20, 2018
Curated byBranka Benčić
PhotosMarcin Pietrusza

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