Michal Rovner. Alert / Fondazione Merz
Michal Rovner. Alert
Oct 31, 2022 – Jan 29, 2023
Fondazione Merz
Turin, Italy

With Alert, the artist transforms Fondazione Merz’s space into a portal to another dimension, creating an immersive experience both indoors and outdoors, with a site-specific installation.

The works reverberate an unfamiliar dimension, a sense of fear and alertness, primal powers, and the night within us.

In response to the refugees and displacement crisis, Rovner spent nights in dark fields, looking for an encounter with jackals, the others, the hidden.

Borrowing the words of David Grossman, the work of Michal Rovner “is the essence of exile, of the refugee, but also of progress, of searching and discovery. In this almost magical flow of time into time, culture into culture, within this process that is the living breath, we suddenly sense: this is us. We are passing through. We are gone. This is how future generations will remember us, or, almost certainly, forget.”

Rovner says: “I always start with reality, collecting or recording things from reality but I always erase a lot of details, identifying details. I’m not trying to ignore or get away from reality, but to detect something about reality, which is underneath the details, underneath the story”; and adds: “In my first encounter with the jackals, I had an urge to make a cave painting. I called it Anubis. Realizing it in this place, I wanted the work to be a part of the place, to project on the exposed walls, with the marks and stains, to keep it rough as it is, a kind of Arte Povera, and also a kind of fresco in motion. The site and the walls carry the residue of the time and history of the place, and to that I added another layer of past and current time.”

Indoors, the artist altered the architectural space and created an intense temple-like experience. In the center, the large installation Alert – relating to the god Anubis, while also reflecting on the alertness of a wild animal, constantly in danger. The jackal seems to be looking with concern and alert, at a vast landscape of dislocation, echoing the state of the world.

With the support of Regione Piemonte, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT. Special thanks to Città di Torino e Kuhn & Bülow and Pace Gallery

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