* Selva di Val Gardena 1972
lives and works in
L’attimo fuggente, 2011
150 x 150 x 100 cm
Pac Milano, Italy, 2008; 53´ Biennale di Venezia, Italy, 2009; Macro Mattatoio Pelanda, Roma, Italy, 2012; Hans Arp Museum Rolandseck, Germany, 2014; Art Center Hugo Voeten, Herentals, Belgium, 2015; Asia university- Museum of Modern Art - Taiwan, 2016; Museo de Arte e Historia de Guanajuato, Mexico, 2016.
The fragility and vulnerability of the human body are there to be seen in ‘L’attimo fuggente’, a sculpturalensemble by Aron Demetz (Selva Gardena, 1972) that began life in 2010 as part of a set of burnt wood works. Here the artist uses the destructive and modelling force of fire on sculptures created using traditional woodcarving techniques, thus surrendering his work's creative process to an incalculable external power. Its formal resemblance to the charred corpses of ancient Pompeii and present-day associations with war, danger and destruction endow the work with exceptional potency as a portrayal of human suffering. film-maker Lida Abdul (Kabul, 1973) presents the video film In Transit (2008), shot in her home country, in which she shows a group of children attempting to make a shot-down Russian plane fly again. With enormous dedication, they stuff the holes in the plane with tufts of cotton wool and try to get it back off the ground by fixing sails to it, as if it were a kite. The children's game, highly transformational and unswayed by preconceptions, is seen in stark contrast to the destructive power of war and conveys the indestructible, constantly reborn power of hope for a better future in poetic images.