In 1956 Allen Ginsberg, poet of the Beat Generation, publishes one of his most famous compositions, symbolically entitled “America“. In his poems Ginsberg depicts the many contradictions of American culture and his personal conflicted relationship with this Country. The picture that emerges is that of a complex Country where individual freedom is constantly put in relation with the image of a unattainable and unreal perfection, that America shows to the world. Starting from Ginsberg’s words, this exhibition seeks to identify the next generation of Italian artists active in New York, whose work explores the realities of American culture, both directly or indirectly.
This Country belongs and -At the same time- does not belong to these artists; Here they are “foreigners”, although participating actively in the society in which they live. How to represent this re-definition of themselves through the discovery of what is the true face of America? Such as precursors of their time, these artists are asked to present a portrait of the United States, highlighting and putting into question its ambiguity between myths and reality, physical and imaginary boundaries – a melting pot of unique identities, whose identity is defined by the same differences observed by its habitants.
From May 20 to July 8, 2016. Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. Location: Italian Institute of Culture in New York
ALESSANDRO DEL PERO
GIAN MARIA TOSATTI
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