Francesco De Bernardi. Getting attached to (…) is difficult

2 December 2023 – 3 February 2024

‘Getting attached to (…) is difficult’ presents a series of sculptural works and pieces on paper. Through a series of representations of Agnès, the partner of the protagonist in Emmanuel Carrère’s novel ‘The Mustache’, the artist stages a particular type of uncertainty, linked to indecisiveness, where two alternatives are held in suspension, both present, both undeniable, yet perfectly incompatible.
Affection shapes one’s memories of places, people, and objects; individual lives and actions are influenced by what one remembers or desires to recall. The suggestion of an alternative direction prompts doubt, subsequently reconfiguring the very essence of memory. This is what happens to the main character in the novel ‘The Mustache’, when he realizes that Agnès has failed to notice the absence of his mustache, a defining feature of his persona.

Agnès.

2023 | Wood, fabric, lamp, wig, ink drawing on paper | 125 x 63x 90 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Getting attached to (gestures and facts) is difficult.

2023 | Watercolor on paper | 67,5 x 107,5 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Getting attached to (habits) is difficult.

2023 | Watercolor on paper | 85,5 x 63,5 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Getting attached to (A) is difficult.

2023 | Wood, foam, fabric, screws, rondels, loud speakers, mp3 player, fabrics, cushioning, loop monologue | 138 x 79 x 30 cm | https://t.ly/eBUV2

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Getting attached to (Agnès) is difficult.

2023 | Graphite and ink on paper | 76,4 x 51 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Getting attached to (Issues) is difficult.

2023 | Graphite on paper 41,5 x 31,5 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Getting attached to (B) is difficult.

2023 | Wood, foam, fabric, screws, rondels,fabrics, cushioning | 138 x 79 x 30 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Getting attached to (places) is difficult.

2023 | Wood, glue, miniature objects, acrylic paint, light bulb | 67 x 35 x 73 cm

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Installation view

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.

Installation view

All photo credits to Mattia Angelini.