Exhibition Claudio Gobbi  Neither Europe nor Asia

Claudio Gobbi

Neither Europe nor Asia

Sat 25 Feb 2023
Sat 25 Mar 2023

From Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm to 7pm

Claudio Gobbi (Ancona, 1971. Lives and works between Berlin and Italy) the project Neither Europe nor Asia, a selection of photographs taken from two series created and collected by the artist starting from 2011 during repeated trips to Russia in the region of the Urals, on the border between Europe and Asia. As in his other projects, the artist combines images he personally took with archival photographs found on site with the intention of addressing recurring themes in his artistic research: cultural identity, the encounter between East and West, transnationality and, last but not least, photography itself as a means of representation. The starting point of Neither Europe nor Asia is the life of the writer Dimitry Mamin Sibiryak (1852-1912), the main author of the Urals, whose fairy tales and poetic landscape narratives have been translated all over the world. Gobbi combines the portraits of Sibiryak, emblematic of a cultural border for his partly European and partly Asian somatic traits, with fairy-tale representations of the natural landscape of the region, coming from the broad tradition of dioramas in Russia, interrogating at the same time a territory, its history and the eternal ambiguity of the images. Claudio Gobbi studied photography at the Bauer Institute in Milan specializing under the guidance of Gabriele Basilico. His projects - characterized by a continuous work in progress - address questions relating to cultural identity and borders, transnationality, the encounter between East and West, as well as the relationship between art, architecture and cultural anthropology, tackled starting from his own context of belonging: Europe.