Curated by: Gianluca Marziani
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Languages: Italian, English
Matteo Basilé (1974) was born and lives in Rome. His career begins in the early ’90s as one of Europe’s first artists merging art and technology. Basilé owns the extraordinary capacity to conciliate opposing ideas such beauty and grotesque, natural and artificial.
Exploring the nature of humankind, the artist develops his story in chapters: The Saints are Coming (2007), Thisoriented (2009), Thishumanity (2010), Landing (2012) and UNSEEN (2014), a series of independent transitions where Basilé negotiates his perception of existence. His research consists of
an interface between East and West, an interjected dialectic operating as a collision between tradition and modernity, sacred and profane.
Basilé’s glossary is not just based on multicultural and timeless signs and values, instead it visually includes the global idiom where dream is no longer the main character of the photograph, as it incarnates a fully recognizable and unlimited narrative. His anti-eroes are a meticulous portraits that bring us back to classical history, but at the same time they transmit the spirit of the current time.
"Matteo Basilé 1997/2013" is a catalogue that was published in the occasion of Basilé's solo show at the 53 Art Museum in Guangzhou - China
"We are a Dream within a Dream" Shakespeare stated. The works realised by the Italian artist for the exhibition "THISORIENTED", seem to confirm such postulate."
Achille Bonito Oliva 2009
The latest catalogue of Basilé's works was published right after the artist presented the series entitled "Thisoriented" (entirely realised in South Eastern Asia) at the 53rd Edition of the Venice Biennial 2009. The catalogue features the complete project which second stage was staged at the Biasa Artspace gallery in bali from August to November 2009. The artist's show was curated by Achille Bonito Oliva who, in his essay for the catalogue "Matteo Basilé: A Dream within the Dream" states: Matteo Basilé uses digital photography as painting, using computer's linguistic prosthesis, which enables to expand every vision while providing depth to the gleaming surface of the picture. "Art is an aspect of man's investigation of grace: his ecstasy, sometimes, when he partially succeeds; his rage and agony, when he, sometimes, fails "(G. Bateson, Style, Grace e Information)… Matteo Basilé's poetics is an iconographic universe, fruit of the combination between Technological Mannerism and Pictorial Surrealism. In this regard, the unique confluence of those two art historical moments, signals the unusual use of a quotation, aimed at synthesizing and asserting art as a metalanguage.
The catalogue was also presented by the artist as a photographic Limited Edition issue, numbered and signed by the artist in 30 exemplaries.
The catalogue “Apparitions” was issued in 2007 at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART). The solo show was presented by Achille Bonito Oliva and curated by Gianluca Marziani and staged within the Museum’s Project Room. Gianluca Marziani described the project as: “A neo-Baroque ritual has been building in Basilé’s work over recent years that brings to mind an underlying science-fiction world, a narrative environment, where the future of the human race is fonde on a resilient past survuing into present.”
Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Gianluca Marziani
"The Saints are Coming" is a catalogue that was published in the occasion of Basilé's solo show at the 2008 Lucca Digital Fest at Villa Bottini, Lucca. The show was curated by Valerio Dehò and is the compound of a project initiated by the artist for his previous solo exhibition: "Apparition" at the MART, Trento and Rovereto (2007). The project, to use Dehò own words :"involve outcasts, derailed characetrs, freaks or in any case, lives poised between heaven and earth. These are characters in search of a place in the world, with some deep sign of craziness, as well as great rays of wisdom…It is a monstruous and at the same time wonderful way, a sit stages not just the unlikely but also the possibilità of the forms to graze the impossibile."
The Lord of the Flies was issued in 2004 for Matteo Basilé's solo show in Rotterdam, Holland at the Galerie Beukers. The show is an appendix of the artist's work developped and realised during and after his one year soujourn in New York after winning the New York Prize. In Dominique Lora's words: Matteo Basilé crafts his visual codes using the cybernetic glossary that contemporary societies are rapidly adopting to define and reorganise their socio-economic and cultural assets. Basil's work naturally exceeds the boundaries of a complex dialogue between art and technology.