OGR Torino + Corraini Edizioni, Turin+Mantua—Italy, 2019
76 pages — 34×21 cm
Conceived as a notebook, the exhibition catalogue L’Atteso by Mike Nelson provides a series of disparate materials, providing the reader with suggestions and references to trigger possible readings of the environmental installation created by the English artist in the spaces of the OGR. The documentation of the various phases of the exhibition is combined with a rich selection of texts, which offer various keys to understanding the work: ranging from science fiction to writings by several artists, the cluster of texts and iconographic references accumulates, imitating the layers of meaning and materials that are characteristic of Nelson’s work.
Nelson’s work has centred on the transformation of narrative structure to spatial structure, and on the objects placed within them, immersing the viewer and agitating their perception of these environments. The volume is not only a guide to the reading of the exhibition of the same name, but functions as a testimony and study material on the artist because in a series of references to the themes of the exhibition – memory and bequests – it constitutes a second stage, a further visit to the installation, an immersive experience in itself.
The book is published by Corraini Edizioni.