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“5779”, 10/12, Cleo Fariselli, “Me as a star”, 2008


curated by Nicola Trezzi

2 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019

Cleo Fariselli
Me as a Star, 2008
video performance, HDV video
6.45 mins

“Light is the starting point for the world’s visual existence, an immense theme [light] which fascinates me but also intimates me. For these reasons, perhaps, I have always approached it [light] from aside, through forms that are connected to tangible elements, such as a street light or a reflecting costume. I am touched by the idea of a particular light, which from being a phenomenon becomes an individual – the ‘little light from afar’ that we encounter in fairytales, archetypes of our existence”.

–  Cleo Fariselli

Cleo Fariselli’s Me as a Staris the tenth chapter of “5779,” the exhibition project opening the first season of BUILDINGBOX, which is an independent space within the premises of BUILDING, characterized by its own unique program. The opening project, curated by Nicola Trezzi, opens on the week of Rosh Ha Shana, which is the beginning of the new year – the year 5779, as the title says – according to the Hebrew calendar.

Following these premises, a window gallery which is visible 24/7, and a calendar which consists of 13 months: 5779 is a leap year (Nisan, Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Av, Elul, Tishrei, Marcheshvan, Kislev, Tevet, Shevat, Adar Alef and Adar Beth), “5779” is a group exhibition in which several artworks are not presented next to each other but rather one after the other. The structure of the calendar – day after day, month after month, year after year – becomes the guideline for the presentation of artworks by several artists; in doing so, this structure transforms the essence behind group exhibitions, from coexistence and juxtaposition to linearity and procession.

Furthermore, this specific format deconstructs the very core of the group exhibition format, which is, by definition, an exhibition in which several artworks, by several artists, are presented next to each other in a confined space and for a specific amount of time. With “5779” the idea of a group exhibition in which works of art by several artists appear, in the same space, one after the other – substituting one another, replacing one another – suggests an inversion in the equation at the base of exhibition making. Rather than rooting exhibition making into space, as it usually happens, this time the exhibition is rooted in time rather than space.


To reinforce the predominance of time over space, a complete overturning of exhibition making and of its premises, is the decision to display artworks that are not only on view 24/7 but also that are ‘fed’ by electricity – neon signs, works with light bulbs, videos, etc. –, works that are independent sources of light, “small suns” (although the Hebrew calendar is not purely solar but “lunisolar”) giving the rhythm of time.

Cleo Fariselli’s Me as a Starwill remain on view until July 31, during the last days of Tammuz. At the end of the 13 months (5779 is a leap year and has Adar Alef and its intercalary month Adar Beth) BUILDING will present a catalogue conceived as a calendar and featuring all the 13 artworks presented during the year, which will be revealed month after month.

Biographical notes

The work of Cleo Fariselli (1982, Cesenatico, Italy; lives and works in Turin) has been the subject of solo and two-person exhibitions at Iannaccone Collection in Milan, studio Amalia Del Ponte in Milan, Clima Gallery in Milan, GAFF in Milan, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia in Milan, Monte Sant’Angelo – Tomb of Rotharis (IT), Peep-Hole at DRY in Milan, Espacio Practico in Barcelona, Espacio Sant Pere in Barcelona, LU MI project in Rome, CRIPTA 747 in Turin, Ex-Brun in Bologna (IT), CRAC in Cremona (IT), O’ in Milan and Lucie Fontaine in Milan.

She has participated in group exhibitions at Operativa arte contemporanea gallery in Rome,   Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato (IT), Museo Archeologico e d’Arte della Maremma in Grosseto (IT), PAV in Turin, Luca Pozzi’s studio in Milan, Dimora Artica in Milan, Fanta in Milan, Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, EACC Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló (SP), Temporary Gallery in Cologne, Peep Hole in Milan, Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Lucie Fountaine in Milan, CIAC Museum, Genazzano in Rome, Palazzo Reale in Milan, Neon>campobase in Bologna, MAN in Nuoro (IT), GCAC in Monfalcone (IT), Parc Expo in Mulhouse (FR), Galleria Raffaella Cortese in Milan, Brown Project Space in Milan, Kaleidoscope Project Space in Milan, X-Initiative in New York, Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets in Paris, Viafarini in Milan, Care/of in Milan, River Barge Spaceman Spiff in London and Antonio Ratti Foundation in Como (IT). She participated in the Prague Biennale and in The Zero Budget Biennial.