A Kind of Display is a growing collection of pictures representing beards, which are confronted and processed in order to address a spectrum of social issues, some directly political in theme, some vaguely utopian, and some chronicling specific historical events. Effectively, the beard is a common characteristic among human beings (stressed in male individuals), the appearance or disappearance of which marks all human history and crosses different cultures. It has always been subjected to a shifting range of cultural values, symbolising wisdom, virility, strength, health, and more often becoming the main feature of typical figures, like the enemy or the warrior. With its ambiguous definition (a cultural sign that looks like a trend), the beard can easily become an object of manipulation and discrimination, raising prejudices and superstitions: both the Bible and the Koran provide detailed guidelines for beard care, and the choice of a particular style often testifies to a specific cultural background. A Kind of Display is conceived as an installation and a performance, in which the many objects presented are different derivations of the photographic process, deeply connected with the possibilities and the everyday practices made available by the developments of this means of expression.
The Cool Couple
The Cool Couple
With support from TreeD Filaments, Seregno; Mockup s.r.l., turin; Dscan Global Survey Services, Lesmo; et SDM s.r.l., Molteno.
Exhibition venue: Grande Halle, parc des Ateliers.