Visitors to Kensington and Chelsea College in May are invited “to enter a boutique where the mannequins are alive” and to share Cristiano Ronaldo’s greatest moment of anguish. The experience is part of a new exhibition, Performing the Unknown, by the College’s artist in residence, Luca Bosani. The exhibition takes place at the Chelsea Centre on 3-4 and 7-11 May, with a private view including a live performance on the evening of Thursday 3 May.
Luca studied in Milan and London, including the HNC Fine Art at Kensington and Chelsea College and the MA Performance (Contemporary Art Practice) at the Royal College of Art. He has performed in the UK, Poland, France, Italy and Sweden, but this is his first UK solo show. Performing the Unknown will feature Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam (c.1508-12), where the hands of both Adam and God have been reinterpreted. There is also a collaboration between Bosani and visual artist Alice Blackstock: a knitted jumper displaying the crying eyes and anguished face of Cristiano Ronaldo, recalling his injury in the final of Euro 2016. As Thomas Ellmer, a professional curator, comments:
“At the point of Ronaldo’s catastrophe, a moth landed on the star’s weeping eye. Bosani uses the moth to symbolise the precarious nature of immortal stature, having its own point of destruction. The moth has been recreated as a brooch and will share its time between each performer as they move through space, enacting an example of labour.”
In addition to the exhibition, there is a special seminar on Wed 9 May (5.30-7.30pm) in which Thomas Ellmer will read a text about the exhibition.
PERFORMING THE UNKNOWN
Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS
3 – 11 May 2018, 10am-5pm; (closed 5 and 6 May)
3 May: Private view 6-9pm, with a live performance 7.30-8pm