The sixth exhibition season by Wild Mazzini, focused on the theme of “betrayal” as a process that the artist triggers to cover the distance between missing or inexact data and their meaning, ends with the Beniamino Servino’s solo exhibition: Visons Not Previsions.
The fourteen pieces on show – created with a mix of techniques from graphics, art and architectural design – give shape to betrayal as eloquent and sometimes disturbing volumes.
The proposed journey between real, imaginary or imagined cities superimposes the author’s architectural visions on the memories that each one holds of those same places. Halfway between hypotheses of the past and forecasts of the future, the viewer is carried around a world of backgrounds, in which the present is placed and expanded in a project that seems to have absorbed pieces of poetry, philosophy, mythology or science fiction.
The viewer’s gaze is drawn to it and investigates the boundary between what it recognizes and what, unexpectedly, grafts majestically: towers and palaces, corners and arches, empty and full.
Servino is one of the most interesting authors on the Italian architecture scene over the last 20 years. Visionary and ironic, he imagines the present through a personal vocabulary made of memory and desire for beauty. The factor that emerges most forcefully from a perusal of his work is the commitment to redeem and renew architecture as a common asset, a “public affair” par excellence, in a struggle against the state of abandon of the culture of the territory and public space. This abandonment has left violent, dramatic signs on the urban landscape and surroundings of Caserta, but also on the entire national territory in general. Beniamino Servino has published two books in which, through a dialogue between short texts and images, he narrates this thinking: Monumental Need, released in 2012, and Obvius, 2014.