Alfredo Pirri, i pesci non portano fucili, 2017

Alfredo Pirri


MACRO (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea)

Alfredo Pirri’s recent exhibition, “i pesci non portano fucili” (“Fish Don’t Carry Guns”), was curated by Benedetta Carpi De Resmini and Ludovico Pratesi. The show was the final stage of a project with the same name initiated in November 2016 with an exhibition (“RWD– FWD”) at Pirri’s studio/archive. Pirri chose the title as a tribute to Philip K. Dick’s The Divine Invasion (1981), which imagines an unarmed society, fluid like the open sea, where one can be immersed and re-emerge, giving shape to multiform events. Pirri’s twist is to propose a new model of cultural networking in which participating institutions are autonomous but in constant dialogue. “i pesci non portano fucili” brought together 50 of Pirri’s most important works from the 1980s to the present, emphasizing his rhythmic alternation between fluidity and firmness, where rapid changes of technique become an allegory of mental shifts. Over the years, Pirri has experimented with everything from painting and sculpture to video and perfor mance, but regardless of medium, space, color, and light have remained constant themes–all serve his conception of the spacetime relationship, mediated by the process that leads to the artwork. …see the entire review in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.