WE ARE EACH OTHER'S AIR
The artist is very aware of how language is a site of empowerment and a site of enslavement at the same time. In his approach, materialities become tools and environments of storytelling; they are transformed with frictions as they witness presence. Lagomarsino names his new solo exhibition for Francesca Minini as We are each other's air poetically highlighting the dilemma of presence and impossibility of containment, which air as a life element refers to. The new works he realised for the exhibition experiment with containment in various forms and elements, collapsing the boundaries between materiality and immateriality on different realms of politics and poetics. His sharp and idiosyncratic sense of humour cross-referencing double-faced stories of modernity is at work as usual.
Lagomarsino often fractures and plays with the historical narrative of enlightenment which appears in the materiality and symbolism of natural and artificial light in works such as Trans-Atlantic (2010-11) where he had newspapers exposed to sun regularly during a transatlantic sea travel; Stolen Light (Abstracto en Dorado) (2013) where he displayed stolen lightbulbs and neons he took from the Ethnographic Museum in Berlin and Pergamon (A Place in Things) (2014) where he reunited more than one hundred lighting devices that were previously used in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, systematically laid out on a plinth.