Tosatti was invited by HangarBicocca’s Artistic Director Vicente Todolí to design a retrospective project for the Shed space, a sort of narthex in this great industrial Bicocca district “cathedral”. Using mnemonics and sensations to synthesize the themes that have characterized his pathway over the past two decades, the artist conceived new works that adopt a somewhat different approach to his historical-literary visitation of the Italian Pavilion.
The artist says: “It’s a different discourse at the Pirelli HangarBicocca. Because I was asked for a retrospective, I sought references not from outside but inside, from within my own history, the images and feelings that have driven my work over the years. The Hangar exhibition is more a confession than a tale.”
The body of works revolves around large-format elements in dialogue with the zeitgeist and the spirit of the artist’s generation. Tosatti conceived the works as open environments that engage and dialogue directly with the visitor. In his practice, installation spaces – including extremely complex ones – are not built to last; their presentation is closely bound up with the “life” and times of each exhibition. Even so, one never feels like being confronted with ephemeral spaces but, on the contrary, spaces built to live on, or that have already been there for a very long time.
The artist explains this is “because those places really have been there for a long time. We just don’t see them. The works are a form of training, to help see reality better. The installations I make are synthetic spaces in which elements of our everyday life, to which we are addicted and which, therefore, have become invisible to us, are put into the limelight. Rather than adding anything, the works show.”