Monument to Thomas Hirschhorn Chapter one. La sciarpata.Three documentary pieces, three commentaries on art, three commentaries on ultras aesthetics. Three scarves.
Since I am an image maker always trying to understand the nature of images as well as why and how images are art, Thomas Hirschhorn works and texts have always been to me moments of revelation. During years, I have been collecting his printed paratexts at his exhibitions, as documentary pieces, as artworks, as essays, de facto, building up an informal home monument but also an hand made tool helping me in the everyday effort of living and surviving as an artist, in other words, to process the idea of doing art.
Taking advantage of the Football scarf group show at Oof Gallery – the football scarf being the monument to a fandom – I wrote the first chapter of a monument to T. H. Using three of my favourites quotes : No technical skills, Moments of grace, Energy: Yes! Quality: no! They open up, to me, in the most synthetic way, an enormous range of observations and thoughts on my personal art practice, on art itself, and, last but not least, on football supporters aesthetics, peculiarly on Ultras world.
I invited Emanuele Meschini and Luca Resta from Autopalo to share a moment of grace and to build up our very first collaboration.
We decide to proceed on very peculiar way of doing, rewriting existing scarves, adopting a classic Ultras strategy: the less expensive, the quickest. Every single original scarf, which is by itself a documentary piece related to our personal story, has been hacked to turn it in a new scarf. Pieces of a monument to T. H. as a sciarpata
Monument to Thomas Hirschhorn
Warmington House, N17. London.
from 4 November until 26 February 2023
open Thu-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4, Mon 10-5, closed Tue & Wed.
Mark Titchner solo exhibition
& The Art of the Football Scarf group show
Exhibitions opening at OOF Gallery
Thu, 3 November 2022, 18:00 – 20:30 GMT