Pakui Hardware / The Host
curated by eastcontemporary
text by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi
15 September - 30 November 2021
Via Giuseppe Pecchio, 3
20131 Milano MI, Italy
Glass, textiles, resin, latex, leather, chia seeds, silicone, metal, and plastic compose these new complex anatomies where the human, non-human, and technology come together, intertwine, and modify each other. As if in a futuristic theatrum anatomicum, two mechanical arms act as directional lighting which points from the sides of the room to the centers of the scene, here represented by three operating tables decorated like helpless bodies. A lightweight drapery envelops the tables and contains the shapes in a soft, curvilinear movement, signaling that, despite everything, there is a dramatic tension. It conveys the idea that the displaced bodies could heal but they could also die, again and again, and that the cure is always uncertain and transient. Indeed, those bodies may already be dead or have never even been born. Or they could suddenly arouse and rise from the drapes, like in Fra Angelico’s paintings. Whether they are resurrected deities, aliens, or ghosts, whether they are on the altar, operating table, or at a bedside, these hosts exist in between the reflections of the materials and the folds of the textures, just like the two photos that portray them on the walls of the gallery. They exist as images in a process of continuous digital degeneration and regeneration. It doesn't matter, then, whether they are animate or inanimate, healthy or sick, but whether someone, or something, continues to keep them alive.
Francesco Urbano Ragazzi
Pakui Hardware (1977 and 1984, Lithuania) live and work between Berlin and Vilnius.
Solo exhibitions include BALTIC Art Center, Gateshead; carlier | gebauer, Berlin; Leopold Hoesch-Museum, Düren; Future Gallery Mexico; Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig (MdbK); Bielefelder Kunstverein; Tenderpixel, London; Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (MUMOK). Group exhibitions include MOCO La Panacée, Montpellier; 13th Baltic Triennial at CAC, Vilnius; Istanbul Biennial; CCA Tel Aviv; MAXXI, Rome; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunstverein Braunschweig; BOZAR, Brussels. Their works are included in the collection of Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) in Vienna, National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, MO Museum in Vilnius and several private and corporate art collections.
The exhibition was organized with the support of the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Polish Institute in Rome.