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Writing by Drawing - Scrivere Disegnando
When Language Seeks Its Other

Item date(s): 2020

Andrea Bellini  - (curated by)
Sarah Lombardi  - (curated by)

Pages: 303pp
Size: 303mm
Language: English

Sub-type: Typography

Place publication: Milan, Italy
Publisher: Skira Editore
ISBN: 978-88-572-4350-4

Additional notes:
Printed on the occasion of the exhibition at Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva 29/1-23/8/2020.

Reference note:
Scrivere Disegnando (“Writing by Drawing”) is an exhibition about writing and its shadow. Its aim is to look back over a number of practices, from the early twentieth century to the present day, in which writing leaves the function of communication behind and moves into the sphere of the illegible and unspeakable. It sets out to explore the tension inherent in script, the way that it hovers between the genuinely semantic realm and the uncharted territory of mere arabesques, automatisms, repeated marks and scribbles. All of the works on view inhabit a vague terrain in which the act of writing is more about ‘trying to say’ than ‘saying’ itself; more about potentialities of meaning than about signification (Giorgio Agamben). It is writing that has transcended communication, becoming a trace of existence and affirmation of self, but also an element of fancy, a metaphor for the mysterious weft of the world. The exhibition centers on this ancient human impulse to move past the communicative side of writing, toward the unfettered, absolute reclamation of the mark, with its wealth of imaginative possibilities.

Exhibition notes:
'Beyond Words', Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts, Johannesburg. 20 June 2023 - 11 August 2023

Ref: GB/30555

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