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.