MilanLinda Carrara: Chôra
Linda Carrara with Rossella Farinotti
RF: “Freeing painting from intentionality means pushing it, almost stressing it, so that it increasingly bends to become the skin of reality”. This morning I was reading Chôra’s communiqué. Painting never bores, it always has hidden forces that push it forward, and then comes back. Painting involves a constant forward movement, a profound urgency, but with an everlasting connection with the past. What a delicate duty you have!
LC: It is the duty of those who have a brush in hand in front of a white canvas. “Today, in 2019, what is the meaning of a brush on a canvas?” That’s why I always feel powerless when I start working. But if I think about it well, it’s as if I don’t want to know how to paint, so I am always naked in front of the canvas for an empirical painting.
Boccanera Gallery Milan presents the second solo show of Linda Carrara (1984, Bergamo).
Boccanera Gallery presents the young artist’s most recent pictorial research, a work aimed at overcoming the representative functions of painting, where it becomes the hidden subject of her works, as a mean that guarantees properties that differ from reality. Linda’s images are characterized by an unstable and free syntax, in which silent poetic disorientate and real perspective contradictions find their place.
“Chôra” is the title of the exhibition curated by Giuseppe Frangi, a term taken from Plato’s Timeo that indicates the space, in some ways unspeakable, in which the form unfolds its action. With a play on word: it is the space of the form in “formation”. And it is precisely in the concept of formation, of matter, of a hypothetical landscape or of painting itself that Carrara alters and inhabits, showing us a series of works that bend to the idea of a place and a landscape in which the viewer will be invited to walk.
A title that wants to define the artist’s research, a research that comes from an attraction, or rather, from a sort of magnetism: the one that leads the canvas to become the shell of the form that will then inhabit it. Freeing painting from intentionality means pushing it, almost stressing it, so that it increasingly bends to become the skin of reality, to become itself a thing and not just a representation of a thing. “Chôra” describes the profound reason for this crushing on the subject, this cancellation of all distance.
Linda Carrara was born in Bergamo in 1984. She lives and works between Ghent – Brussels, and Milan.
In March 2006, she graduated from the “Experimental Department of Contemporary Art” at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, she has attended the Master in Multimedia at the Belgian Academy KASK in Ghent. In 2013 she was a finalist at the “Cairo Prize”, in 2014 she won the “Terna Prize – Painting” with the work entitled “Outer Space” in which she investigates light as a pictorial matter and metaphysics as space.
She participated in many Italian and international public exhibitions. In 2012, she took part in the collective exhibition “Crises and Rises” curated by Rossella Farinotti, at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan and in 2014, at the Fondazione Rivoli2 in Milan, she presented her solo exhibition entitled “Be. Per agire occorre essere avvolti nelle illusioni” (Be. To act you need to be wrapped in illusions).
In 2015, she was invited to Brussels to the collective exhibition “Ma Patience a des Limites – still life” at the spaces of Dubois Friedland, and to the collective exhibition on drawing in the spaces of Le Kabinet. Also in 2015, her video “I’m a still life” was screened in Moscow at the Fabrika Centre for Contemporary Art.
In 2016, she presented her first solo exhibition at the Boccanera Gallery Trento “Il pretesto di Lotto” curated by Daniele Capra, in 2017 her solo exhibition “Looking for the right place at the right moment” with writings by Claudio Salvi, in the spaces Blanco in Gent, Belgium. In 2018, she opened her exhibition “A/R Linda Carrara [born in Bergamo in 1984, lives and works between Brussels and Milan]” at the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, the same year she participated in the group show “Graffiare il presente” curated by Daniele Capra and Giuseppe Frangi, at Casa Testori, Milan. In 2019 she inaugurated her solo show “Madonna delle Rocce” at the Iragui Gallery in Moscow.
Winner of several artist’s residencies, in 2015 she participated in the residence “MOMENTUM Worldwide” in Berlin, in 2016 she was a guest at the residence LKV – Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway, in 2017 at the residence of the NCCA Museum in St. Petersburg and in 2018 at the residence Musumeci Contemporary in Brussels.
Courtesy of the artist and Boccanera Gallery