Gabriel­la Mangano & Sil­vana Mangano
Tomor­row and Tomorrow

2nd – 30th June 2018
Anna Schwartz Gallery

Tomor­row and Tomor­row’ con­tin­ues the long stand­ing focus of Gabriel­la Mangano and Sil­vana Mangano on drawing in the expand­ed field as a con­cep­tu­al basis to gen­er­ate works of per­for­mance, video and instal­la­tion. Inspired by their 2017 Asialink res­i­den­cy in Yoko­hama and insights from the Japan­ese butoh mas­ter Yoshi­to Ohno, the works includ­ed in the exhi­bi­tion Walk­ing Score and City Score express the artists’ interest in move­ment and ges­ture as trig­gers to prompt polit­i­cal and social action. 

Tomor­row and Tomor­row’ cap­tures a spe­cif­ic moment in his­to­ry, The Glob­al Women’s March ini­ti­at­ed in Washing­ton D.C. on 21 Jan­u­ary 2017 and was sus­tained around the world as night fol­lowed day, accu­mu­lat­ing six mil­lion par­tic­i­pants across 673 cities. The opti­mistic over­tone of the exhi­bi­tion title belies the crest­fall­en glob­al sen­ti­ment that pre­ced­ed the events of its focus and spurned into action the col­lec­tive foot­steps march­ing for equal­i­ty, tol­er­ance and uni­ver­sal human rights. 

In cre­at­ing the 82 sculp­tures rep­re­sent­ed in Walk­ing Score, Gabriel­la Mangano and Sil­vana Mangano, have tak­en the paths fol­lowed by the protest march­es in each city as a ready made’. Forged from var­i­ous met­als, each object unique­ly embod­ies the dia­logue between move­ment, space, sound and action; com­ing togeth­er as a type of alpha­bet form­ing a new lan­guage to unite the diverse cities. 

The video work City Score traces the steps of the Women’s March through Melbourne’s urban land­scape, explor­ing the act of walk­ing as a con­sid­er­a­tion of time, place and move­ment and as a mark­er of the weight of archi­tec­ture in rela­tion to the body. The move­ment is accom­pa­nied by a sound­scape that Mangano and Mangano sug­gest embod­ies a polit­i­cal con­scious­ness, a call­ing of pos­si­bil­i­ties that speaks of the sin­gu­lar body, while the vocal sound scape sug­gests a col­lec­tive.” The audio also includes the sound of Walk­ing Score being played, pro­pelling the motion of walk­ing through­out key points in the city, reveal­ing the act of march­ing as a per­for­ma­tive protest on a pub­lic stage.

As artists, Gabriel­la Mangano and Sil­vana Mangano push beyond the bounds of their own col­lab­o­ra­tion and incor­po­rate an entire net­work of con­nec­tions. In gen­er­at­ing an exhi­bi­tion that speaks pos­i­tive­ly of the future, glob­al bod­ies and spaces are bound togeth­er in com­mon deter­mi­na­tion and synchronicity. 

This project was fund­ed by Asialink and the Aus­tralian Coun­cil for the Arts.

Images

Gabriel­la Mangano & Sil­vana Mangano

City Score, 2018
sin­gle-chan­nel High Def­i­n­i­tion dig­i­tal video, colour, sound
6 min­utes 34 seconds
Edi­tion of 3

Gabriel­la Mangano & Sil­vana Mangano

Walk­ing Score, 2018
82 parts: bright steel, stain­less steel and aluminium
dimen­sions variable

Gabriel­la Mangano & Sil­vana Mangano

Walk­ing Score (Pen­saco­la, Unit­ed States), 2018
bright steel
2644 cm

Gabriel­la Mangano & Sil­vana Mangano

Walk­ing Score (Tokyo, Japan), 2018
stain­less steel
6916 cm

Gabriel­la Mangano & Sil­vana Mangano

Walk­ing Score (Sol­dot­na, Unit­ed States), 2018

Gabriel­la Mangano & Sil­vana Mangano

Walk­ing Score (Nairo­bi, Kenya), 2018
aluminium
2450 cm