Redbug I Ching Project #01 China
Possessing a history of over two and a half millennia of comments and interpretations, the I Ching is an influential text read all over the world, which has provided and still provides inspiration to the religious worlds, psychoanalysis, literature and art. I Ching: I Ching’s represent one of the oldest oracles in the world that is currently practiced and used today. A system of interaction between the individual and its reality, life. The Oracle is composed of sixty-four hexagrams, of which each hexagram consists of three trigrams, each representing an image inspired by nature, which in turn is metaphorically personified by humanity in the different situations encountered during a lifelong journey. Furthermore, the hexagrams themselves have often acquired cosmological significance and in parallel with many other traditional names for processes of change such as yin and yang and Wu Xing.
Each quantity chosen in the project is specifically linked to the symbology of the I Ching. Boccadamo presents a precise and symbolic number of series of themes, each of them composed of a specific number of images; each series is represented by a "fanzine" which consolidate the theme. Boccadamo chooses with care and thought the images downloaded from the internet, re-working them with various interventions that are all related to the I Ching. Crash, the theme of the Biennale ties with Boccadamo’s vision as all the images are reproduced using his broken computer.
Luigi Boccadamo, (b. 1975, CH) painter, photographer, video maker and graphic designer. He initially attended the Istituto Statale di Sperimentale di Monza, then graduated in Painting at the Accademia di Brera, under the teaching of Davide Benati, Gottardo Ortelli, Gianfranco Maraniello and Alberto Garutti. He has participated in many group shows since 2006, exhibiting regularly in various galleries in Ticino and abroad. In 2011 he obtained the 2nd prize in the competition of the Macconi Foundation and of the city of Chiasso with the work Self-portrait. In 2017 he participated with the Lepidoptera Linnaeus 1488 exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale.