By Michelangelo Consani
Curated by Michelangelo Consani and Matteo Lucchetti
Contributors: Paolo Emilio Antognoli, Serge Latouche, Matteo Lucchetti, Pieruigi Tazzi, Kunstverein (Milano)
Design by Mark Berkers & Brice Delarue
Published by Kunstverein (Publishing)
14,5 × 21 cm
Printed July 2012 by Tipografia e Casa editrice Debatte (Livorno)
A book as an exorcism of the spirit of catastrophe.
The monograph The Caspian Depression. And a one straw revolution grew out of the solo exhibition Ancora ancora la nave in porto at the CAMeC pianozero in La Spezia, and intends to bring together Michelangelo Consani’s three solo exhibitions held in the first half of 2011. The intention of this publication is to give visibility to the research on the global economic downturn, that Michelangelo Consani has been pursuing for several years, combining a specialized and seminal contribution by Serge Latouche with a comprehensive critical interpretation by critics and curators who have closely followed the recent work in question. The central chapter, documents the three exhibitions, while developing into an independent section that brings the three projects together into a single stream of images. Here, the artist’s research develops visually by treating the three exhibitions as parts of a single idea, starting with the Western world’s awareness of the depletion of fossil fuels, represented by Hubbert’s peak, and going on to investigate selected figures of a lesser-known history, who take on the significance of witnesses to an equal number of viable alternatives.