curated by di Diego Sileo e Iolanda Ratti
From 4 April to 11 June, the PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea di Milano presents the first solo show in Italy devoted to the visionary and poetic artistic enquiry of Yuri Ancarani (Ravenna, 1972), whose works are based on an original and careful blending of documentary cinema and video art.
Forget your Dreams, curated by Diego Sileo and Iolanda Ratti, presents all of Ancarani’s films in one location for the first time, thanks to a selection that begins with his earliest works and moves on to his best known and celebrated ones, along with a new work conceived for the PAC.
With the same lucid, impartial gaze that has always characterised the artistic point of view, the show endeavours to present the most authentic aspects of his production, composed of impalpable images that cross the established boundaries between visual art and cinema.
The exhibition has been produced in partnership with MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, which, until 7 May, is presenting Ancarani’s project Atlantide 2017-2013, curated by Lorenzo Balbi.
Winner of the ACACIA 2023 Award, the artist has exhibited his work in the most prestigious museums and exhibitions, including the Kunstverein Hannover (Germany); the Castello di Rivoli (Rivoli Torino, Italy); Manifesta 12 (Palermo, Italy); the Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, Switzerland); the 55th Venice Biennale; the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France); the Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), also receiving important recognition, such as the ‘Special Prize of the Jury CINÉ+’ Cineasti del presente, 69th Locarno Film Festival (Locarno, Switzerland); five nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors, Museum of the Moving Image (New York, USA); and the ‘Grand Prix in Lab Competition’, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (Clermont-Ferrand, France). In 2022, he was a finalist for the best documentary at the David di Donatello Awards.
Photo: Yuri Ancarani, Il Capo, 2010, film still. Courtesy Studio Ancarani