9 december 2014–25 January 2015
Runo Lagomarsino works with installations, objects and films. His way of shining a light on the distribution of power, opens up new narratives about our own time.
Several of his works investigate how the image of “the discovery of the New World” by Europe and the process of colonisation has become part of historiography. They also reflect on the ways in which that historical legacy has been dealt with and reproduced on a global scale in the modern era.
His work "There is always a day away" (2011) consists of a set of objects laid out in a row on a long shelf. This is the way valuable objects have been presented ever since the major museums were developed in the cities of nineteenth century Europe. Many of the objects derive from the circulatory systems of the consumer world in which value systems and the patterns of marketing have merged. In various ways the objects create associations with travelling and evoke a sense of how the notion of conquest and the belief in development have set their stamp on modern cultural and social life.
Gold and its symbolic role in both finance and culture are a theme linked with the history of Latin America. "Violent Objects" (2014) consists of a range of identical rectangular gilded modules that have been set out in various constellations. Seen from above they suggest a model of an antique palace or some other form of reconstructed ancient architecture.
It is the polaroid image that plays the primary role in a consideration of concepts, such as transformation and development, in the video "Hope and fear"(The geometry of the alchemist, 2014). Inevitably the chemical processes that were long the foundation of all forms of image reproduction are called to mind as is the age-old human dream of being able to create gold through alchemy.
"Blind spots" (2014) is one part of a series of works that revolve around the great temples of knowledge and education that were constructed in Europe in the form of museums during the colonial era. During a residence in Berlin, Runo Lagomarsino visited the Museumsinseldistrict where the major German collections of ancient art are grouped together. The suite of transparencies could be likened to a portrait of the Pergamon Musuem, created by the various light sources of the building. The lamps emerge as silent witnesses to the project of enlightenment and the archaeological discoveries that would be of such key importance to the self-image of Northern Europe. The broken lamps also serve as a crass image of the workaday life of the cultural institution.