Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milan is presenting Preternatural History, the new personal exhibition of the Italian artist El Gato Chimney, curated by Michela D’Acquisto.
Following the revelations of the era of great geographical discoveries, sixteenth-century Europe suddenly sees its borders expand and, aware of the fact that its knowledge of nature is now obsolete, begins to classify fauna and flora of the new and the old continent, driven by the desire to organize the world known so far.
El Gato Chimney follows the steps of Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi and Austrian Aloys Zötl who were guided by the interest for science, but even more moved by the passion for all that creates wonder, and in turn appropriates the intrinsic symbolism of the animal kingdom to narrate a fictional universe that, while resisting rational explanations, answers to more instinctive and visceral needs.
El Gato Chimney’s preternatural history, told by anthropomorphic creatures and hybrid beings, therefore wants to encourage a typically Foucaultian curiosity, “the care one takes for what exists and could exist; […] a readiness to find strange and singular what surrounds us; a certain relentlessness to break up our familiarities and to regard otherwise the same things”.
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