18 June 2024 08:09:59
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c/o careof

Giulio Squillacciotti • What Has Left Since We Left

Curated by Marta Cereda

With the contribution of Regione Lombardia

20.04.2021 - 23.05.2021
Tuesday 14.00 - 18.00 /
Wednesday 14.00 - 21.00 /
Thursday 14.00 - 18.00

Special meeting with the artist: 24.04.2021, 15.00 - 19.00.

The exhibition is open to the public in accordance with the current Covid-19 rules, upon mandatory booking.

Careof presents WHAT HAS LEFT SINCE WE LEFT by Giulio Squillacciotti, on display in Milan from 20 April to 23 May 2021.

The exhibition project explores the value and meaning of European identity, the language question, and apparently marginal players of important moments of History. By discussing collapse, migration, conflict, and hope, as well as points of view, neutrality, distortion, impartiality, and translation, the project deals with themes related to legacy, separation, abandon, and divorce.

Through a video work, a few sculptures, light boxes, and scenography displays installed in the spaces of Fabbrica del Vapore, Giulio Squillacciotti stages a plausible narrative and builds a fiction that could be documentary. But the fate of Europe isn’t sealed yet; the portraits of political figures are just pictures of actors; the objects that we see are nothing but ceramic molds.

Indeed, the artist’s work is based on the alteration of real historical-anthropological events, addressed through video, audio, and scenography. One side of Squillacciotti’s investigation deals with the idea of staging and set-ups. The other focuses on points of view, on a role inversion between protagonists and bit players, on a shift not only in language but also in meaning as political discourse becomes an allegory to talk about personal, sentimental, and family problems.

The exhibition concludes research that the artist has been conducting on those themes since 2019, when he was an artist-in-residence at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. He has further developed his project thanks to the support of ArteVisione and the Italian Council, while the project’s production was managed by Careof.

During the exhibition period, Bergamo’s modern and contemporary art museum GAMeC will be screening at Spazio Zero a selection of video works by Giulio Squillacciotti, who was selected by the museum to participate in Artists’ Film International, a prestigious network for video art created in 2008 and involving some of the major contemporary art institutions in the world.

In June 2021, WHAT HAS LEFT SINCE WE LEFT will be presented at Museo Civico di Castelbuono, who has acquired the work into its collection.

The project is accompanied by a volume published by Onomatopee with graphic design by Studio Temp, which offers in-depth analysis by Ayşe Zarakol, Marwan Moujaes, Federico Lodoli, Marina Lalovic, and Erica Petrillo, as well as a European timeline from World War II to Brexit curated by Enrico De Gasperis.



Giulio Squillacciotti
Rome, 1982, lives in Milan.

Artist and filmmaker, his work is based on the investigation of possible narratives, the sophistication of real events of a his- torical-anthropological nature, cultural apexes and how traditions take on new forms by changing context. He studied Medieval Art His- tory in Barcelona and Rome, then obtained a Master's degree in Vis- ual Arts at the IUAV University of Architecture in Venice. He was one of the artists of the Dutch Pavilion at the 16. Architecture Biennale in Venice and Fellow Resident at Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2018/2019.


Texts: Marta Cereda, Àngels Miralda
Photographs: Claudia Ferri
Graphic design: Alessio D'Ellena (Superness), Gabriele Serrau, Barbara Virginia Tedeschi
Media partner: NERO

What Has Left Since We Left was made thanks to the support of Italian Council (6th edition, 2019), a program by Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea (DGCC) of the Ministry of Culture to promote Italian contemporary art in the world, under the patronage of Fondazione Cariplo.
The film was produced by Careof and Kingswood Films, with the support of Limburg Film Fonds, Brand Cultuur Fonds, Dommering Fonds, Kanunniken Salden.
The sculptures were made on the occasion of the Euramis exhibition at Spazio Cordis, in Verona.
We would like to thank Comune di Milano, Spazio Cordis, Studio Azzurro, Casa Testori, Jessica Bianchera, Ciro Rebuzzini, Ornaghi & Prestinari.