Thomas Dane Gallery is delighted to present Jimmy Robert's new project Frammenti. Conceived specifically for the space and context of Thomas Dane Gallery in Naples, the exhibition opens a reflection on the Black body and its representation in classic statuary.
As Philippe Jockey discusses thoroughly in his book Le Mythe de la Grèce Blanche, the aesthetic of white imperialism was generated by the belief that ancient Greek sculptures were created white. Technology now provides incontrovertible proof of the presence of polychromy throughout classical sculpture including at the Parthenon, the supreme icon of ‘white Greece’.
It is within this context that Robert positions himself, developing a new body of works that mix collage, photography and sculpture. Starting with images of various fragments of polychrome sculptures, Robert presents a series of 'composites' that illuminate how an image or a sculpture, and by extension history, are carefully constructed. Like island archipelagos emerging from the sea that connect hidden geological strata, Robert’s archaeological fragments are united into a genealogy in which each entangled element is reliant on the next. By bridging each island to the next Robert creates a narrative that questions a fixed acceptance of historical understanding. Robert will present a series of eight Frammenti, each the result of collaging and re-photographing images of classical sculptures in and around Naples. These works will each be framed in various, often unorthodox, ways extending the artist’s interest in exploring the possibilities of paper as a photographic but also sculptural medium.
Robert’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses performance, photography, film and collage, frequently collapsing distinctions between these mediums. Robert's interest in how the body can be personified through materials and the reverse is a force that integrates his longtime work with performance with his wider practice. Robert has choreographed performances within exhibition spaces, in relation to existing architectural structures, as well as restaging, reframing or sampling historical performances. The frequent citation of moments from art history, film and literature is characteristic of his deeply layered narratives.
Date: From June 14th to August 5th 2022
Place: Thomas Dane Gallery
Address: Via Francesco Crispi, 69/1st floor, 80122 Napoli NA
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am–1:30pm & 2:30pm–7pm; Saturday 12–7pm, or by appointment.
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