Smoke and ash on canvas

310 x 280 cm (122 1/16 x 110 1/4 in.)

The canvas shows the negative image of a cupboard containing various flasks and bottles. Delocazione looks like an old photograph imbued with mystery and spirituality: the other side of the visible is revealed and reality is “de-localized”.

In order to create his Delocazione, Claudio Parmiggiani sets tires on fire in a closed room, thus producing thick smoke. The objects placed in the room are then removed and only their trace in soot remains. In Génie du non-lieu (genius of the non-place) (2001), Georges Didi-Huberman writes about Delocazione: “The result is an immense grayness, a place for an asceticism of color, the absence of objects, the unpredictable movement of the swirls, the reign of shadow, the silence of an obsidional still life. […] Before anything else, this mobile, dense and tactile air exhales time: relics, fears. The result is an unprecedented type of disquieting strangeness. And we will have to find it in dust.”

Delocazione (1998) was first shown in 2006 at the Where Are We Going? exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, in Venice.
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