A kind of display (2015 – ongoing)

A kind of display (2015 – ongoing)

Installation view, Discovery Award, Parc des Ateliers, Arles (France), July - September 2015
Installation view, Discovery Award, Parc des Ateliers, Arles (France), July - September 2015
Installation view, Discovery Award, Parc des Ateliers, Arles (France), July - September 2015
Installation view, Discovery Award, Parc des Ateliers, Arles (France), July - September 2015
fd6c2f, Full beard, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
fd6c2f, Full beard, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
bae8fe_f4d8fb, Full beard, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
bae8fe_f4d8fb, Full beard, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
ffff98, Old Dutch, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
ffff98, Old Dutch, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
de2e2d, Toothbrush, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
de2e2d, Toothbrush, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
Multiple #1, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
Multiple #1, 2015, sublimation print on barber cape, 135x115 cm
Installation view, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (Italy), December 2015 - January 2016
Installation view, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (Italy), December 2015 - January 2016
Installation view, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (Italy), December 2015 - January 2016
Installation view, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (Italy), December 2015 - January 2016
A KIND OF DISPLAY, Une certaine Expo, QUAEDAM OSTENTUS, 2015, 3 barber signs, 30x100 cm
A KIND OF DISPLAY, Une certaine Expo, QUAEDAM OSTENTUS, 2015, 3 barber signs, 30x100 cm
Installation view, Discovery Award, Parc des Ateliers, Arles (France), July - September 2015
Installation view, Discovery Award, Parc des Ateliers, Arles (France), July - September 2015
Artist, 2015, 3D printed bust, 55x25x20 cm
Artist, 2015, 3D printed bust, 55x25x20 cm
Artist #2, 2015, video loop, HD, single channel, color, mute, variable size
Artist #2, 2015, video loop, HD, single channel, color, mute, variable size
Ruler, 2015, 3D printed bust, 52x22x20 cm
Ruler, 2015, 3D printed bust, 52x22x20 cm
Ruler #2, 2015, video loop, HD, single channel, color, mute, variable size
Ruler #2, 2015, video loop, HD, single channel, color, mute, variable size
Pharaoh, 2015, 3D printed bust, 52x35x25 cm
Pharaoh, 2015, 3D printed bust, 52x35x25 cm
Pharaoh #2, 2015, video loop, HD, single channel, color, mute, variable size
Pharaoh #2, 2015, video loop, HD, single channel, color, mute, variable size
Installation view, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (Italy), December 2015 - January 2016
Installation view, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (Italy), December 2015 - January 2016
Installation view, On New Italian Photography, Viasaterna, Milan (Italy), June - September 2016
Installation view, On New Italian Photography, Viasaterna, Milan (Italy), June - September 2016
Installation view, On New Italian Photography, Viasaterna, Milan (Italy), June - September 2016
Installation view, On New Italian Photography, Viasaterna, Milan (Italy), June - September 2016
A Kind of Display, making of, Turin (Italy), May 2015
A Kind of Display, making of, Turin (Italy), May 2015
Prophet, 2015, polystyrene 3D sculpture, 170x90x70 cm
Prophet, 2015, polystyrene 3D sculpture, 170x90x70 cm

“They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave the edges of their beards, nor make any cuts in their flesh.” Leviticus 21:5

“It’s just a beard! That’s the only thing that everybody is talking about. It’s just facial hair. Thank you for your attention, but I don’t think it’s that interesting.” Conchita Wurst

A kind of display is a collection of images about beards, which are confronted and processed in order to address a spectrum of social issues, some directly political in motive, some vaguely utopian and some chronicling specific historical events.
The project started when we found some articles about beard implants in Turkey, a country where such practice is common among adult males, because mustaches are a symbol of a social status. The initial interest for this combination of aesthetic surgery and cultural values became a structured project when we compared it with the fashion trend that spread out in the West: effectively, beard is a common character among human beings (stressed in male individuals), the appearance or disappearance of which marks all human history and crosses different cultures. It has always been subjected to a shifting range of cultural values, epitomizing wisdom, virility, strength, health, and more often becoming the main feature of archetypical figures, like the enemy or the warrior.
A kind of display is conceived as an installation and a performance in which the exhibited objects are different derivations of the photographic process, deeply connected with the possibilities and the everyday practices made available by the developments of this mean of expression.

The project was made possible by the support of Les Rencontres des Arles Festival, TreeD Filaments, SDM s.r.l., Mockup s.r.l., Dscan Global Survey and Nicola Pireddu.