The second edition of One Torino features a singular show rooted in Torino’s social, political and artistic heritage as much as in its contemporary scene and popular representations. Taking the city of Torino as its main inspiration, “Shit and Die” lies on a narrative thread drawn by a series of objects that the curators have sourced from a selection of established yet unconventional institutions and collections in the city.
By Dimitris Lempesis
Photo: The Breeder Gallery Archive
The exhibition is conceived as a highly subjective, obsessive and irrationally non-exhaustive composition in which different stories, objects and artworks incorporate into one consistent narrative that visitors can read as a whole tale. Stelios Faitakis is participating in the exhibition “Shit and Die” which is curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini at Palazzo Cavour in Turin, with a large scale site specific mural “Fortunately Absurdity is Lost”. In his work, Stelios Faitakis combines traditional Orthodox iconography, German expressionism, the influence of Italian artists from street art and the trends of the Middle East, creating a figurative, anthropocentric mural is a political and social allegory, packed with visual information, multi-layered narratives and dense symbolism. Certain historical incidents relating to the city of Turin are used in this mural to create precise metaphors on the human condition. In particular these are the Frejus Tunnel Construction, Nietzsche’s collapse in Turin and the demonstration that lead to the end of the Lotta Continua Organization.
Info: Shit And Die, Palazzo Cavour, Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 8 – Torino, Duration: 6/11/14-11/1/15, Days & Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 11:00-19:00, Thu: 15:00-21:00, www.artissima.it/index.php