A reflection around the materiality of textiles as an element of circulation that underlines the imprints of the world and the present time, of an inner world and the future. A sort of poetic conversation with our space-time and physicality engaging its complexity, its ambivalence.
How can we materialize the passing time by creating imaginaries connected to the impulses coming from within...
Textiles through their emotional charge are like a vectors that connects one point to another, various poles, the poetry of the bond and the infinite circulatory movement.
The Infinite/Materiality, a kind of dialogue with matter and infinite space, the result of years of research that the artist wanted to share with the students of the Accademia under the supervision of Prof. Lucca Caccioni who hosted the project in the framework of the didactic seminars that I personally have fond memories of having taken part in them during my formative path.
A dialogue led by the artist in which we were able to follow the evolution of his poetics, from a genesis in Burkina Faso with the work "France Aurevoir", 2010, in which the artist denounced the neo-colonial relationship that persists between his country and France with a public installation made in a market in the country’s capital with used fabrics, clothes and pieces of cloth which are systematically collected in France and sent to Africa. This is despite the fact that Africa produces cotton and fabric, hence representing a perennial paternalism that hides behind an interest in assistance.
Evolving in our "causerie" the artist told us about the discovery that oriented his poetics inviting him to cement himself in the manipulation of textiles in Paris: "The function of the clothing"; Clothing covers, sails, hides what it must hide and at the same time shows perhaps what we want to hide, it can seem like we are on a stage where everyone plays a role. If dressing ourselves allows us to cover up our physical nudity, in the meantime our inner world in a certain sense tries to express itself and sometimes elaborates our style, the colors do so and therefore Hyacinthe invites us, even further, to explore the complexity and ambivalence of our relationship with textiles.
This ambivalence is also re-evaluated through the guiding theme of this first edition of Black History Month Bologna. As a pilot edition with the theme "Obliggato" we wanted to insist on an invitation to fullfill the social obligations that link us all indiscriminately towards each other in the broadest sense, the assertion in the human race intrinsic to human nature itself. This artistic proposal has immersed our senses not only at the discursive level of which the meeting with the artist has captured the essence of, the visual aspects have also engaged us to explore a material dimension through the presentation of an installation resulting from a previous performance.
in an installation called "L'infinito materialità II" which suggests the artist’s work as a certain evolution or circulatory act. On the other hand, the braiding, the knots and ties that sometimes recall the digestive or the circulatory apparatus, in this work remind us of the complexity of these systems that make up our organism, contribute to its functioning and its unity, inviting us to consider the existence of infinite possibilities of narratives. This suggestive of jazz’s use of the term Obbligato that favoring the emergence of a collective narrative, aware of the richness of previous melodies/narratives that are equal importance.
In view of the current global health situation we are experiencing, as artistic director of Black History Month Bologna I have given in to a temptation to establish a parallel between this artistic production and the pandemic itself.
Covid 19 does not concern itself with territorial borders, comfort, administrative titles, the status quo, race or world economic powers, indeed some seemingly “simpler” countries are doing better than those with specialized superstructures and means that in the light of all this are proving ineffective. How can we manage to overcome the technological impotence clearly exposed by this being composed of just a few microns in solitude? With individualism? In protectionism? In radicalized nationalism? When will we learn that a single branch is more fragile than several branches put together? Or that a knot is more resistant than a split? It takes many rivers to make an ocean! Perhaps this is the most significant intent that we will need to consider at the end of this unique experience both on the artistic level and in regards to the global health. Never more than before will we feel the urgency of agreeing on the need to build an organic society that is not only focused on the human being, but also and above all on life, because the universe is made of living particles and everything that is alive is worthy of our attention and care.