Luca Trevisani 07.apr 2022—22.jun 2022

Luca Trevisani 07.apr 2022—22.jun 2022

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Photo: Alberto Messina


"Notes for dried and living bodies in Corso Umberto" is a site-specific installation that entirely occupies Platea's showcase, fitting into Luca Trevisani's most recent exploration. This work is based on an attempt to reconsider the common perception of nature as a reality separate from the human dimension. The piece constitutes a new edition of the homonymous series, unprecedented and special due to its proportions and the execution technique used, tailored to integrate seamlessly into the specific exhibition context offered by Platea | Palazzo Galeano in the heart of Lodi.

In "Notes For Dried And Living Bodies," the artist retrieves floral motifs from the works of other authors, artists, and designers, composing a new texture that is applied to the surface of a large dried leaf, presented as if it were a specimen in a natural history museum. Trevisani's operation reflects on the fragile line between nature and artifice: by creating a visual short circuit, the artist projects the phytomorphic imagery onto a real plant to convey that, ultimately, we are part of the nature we try to understand. "Notes for dried and living bodies" is an exploration of the imaginaries and visual constructions through which humans give shape to their representation of the world. With these two-dimensional sculptures, Trevisani experiments with different disciplinary and epistemological domains, leading to a questioning of our conventional interpretative models of the natural world.

If nature is elusive and fleeting by definition, humans have always thought of stopping and possessing it, sublimating it, making it a fetish, a precious image: Platea's showcase is the ideal stage to confront, ride, and reconsider the gaze and ostentation that humans make of the world.


Luca Trevisani (Verona, 1979) is an artist whose multidisciplinary practice has been exhibited internationally in museums and institutions such as the Biennale of Sydney, Manifesta 7, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Kunsthalle Wien, Kunstverein Braunschweig, ZKM Karlsruhe, Magasin, Grenoble, MAXXI Rome. Trevisani has won prestigious awards and recognitions, including the Furla Prize for Art, the New York Prize, Italian Council, and Cantica21. He has written texts for art magazines and newspapers, both national and international, and has published several books, including: "The effort took its tools" (Argobooks 2008), "Luca Trevisani" (Silvana Editoriale 2009), "The Art of Folding for Young and Old" (Cura Books 2012), "Water Ikebana" (Humboldt Books, 2014), "Grand Hotel et des Palmes" (Nero, 2015), "Via Roma 398. Palermo" (Humboldt Books, 2018). Luca Trevisani is an artist and lecturer at IUAV in Venice and the Free University of Bolzano. Trevisani's research spans sculpture and video, crossing boundaries into performative and graphic arts, architecture and design, research cinema, or architecture, in a perpetual magnetic and mutable condition. In his works, the historical characteristics of sculpture are questioned, if not subverted, in an incessant investigation into matter and narratives.


Giulia Menegale is an independent curator and researcher. She completed a master's degree in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2020, and a bachelor's degree in Multimedia Arts at IUAV (University of Architecture of Venice) in 2018. She has collaborated as a curatorial, editorial assistant, and researcher with Looking Forward C.I.C. (London, UK), Castello di Rivoli – Museum of Contemporary Arts (Turin, IT), Island gallery (Brussels, BE), and Taryn Simon Projects (New York, US). Her articles have been published by WCS/CD (Belgrade, RB), Subbcultcha (Amsterdam, NL), Artillery Mag (L.A., US), and other academic journals. She has participated in the following residencies and curatorial courses: Bagni d'Aria (Turin, IT), Salzburg Summer Academy (Salzburg, AU), IMMA- Art and Politics Summer School (Dublin, IR), Unidee, Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, IT), and Ramdom (Lecce, IT). In 2020, she co-founded a transnational collective, c-c-q (Collective for Constant Questioning), and an online platform ( that investigates curatorial practice through a series of interviews with internationally renowned curators.
Using an intersectional perspective and developing an analysis of reality through affect theory and institutional analysis, Menegale's research focuses on the epistemological value of negative emotions and their potential role in subject formation processes, beyond prevailing social paradigms internalized by individuals.