GRANPALAZZO | Falke Pisano | 28 and 29 May 2016

Falke Pisano’s diagrammatic works expose a loop, in which shifting abstract sculptural forms are conceived directly in relation to written and spoken language, implying an ongoing and morphing production of meaning. In the series Figures of Speech (2005-10), Pisano questions the nature of language and its relationship to the concrete object. The cycle The Body in Crisis (2011- 2014) consists of a series of inquiries looking at the body in situations of crisis as an ongoing event, addressing notions of distance, repetition and representation. The Value in Mathematics (2015-2016) asks questions concerning the relationship between the universal and particular; curricular versus cultural responsibility in education; and globalism and pluralism through the lens of logic, scientific research and abstraction-all of which are also pertinent issues in contemporary art.For GRANPALAZZO the gallery is exhibiting from the Body in Crisis cycle, two iconic works; Structure for Distance (Obstacles), 2011, which consists of six horizontal black-and- white obstacles, looking and functioning as an index. The main organizing principle of the work is framing six events or occurrences that highlights a moment in history were the body is thrown into a state of crisis through a change in conditions (being institutional, hegemonic, administrative or physical changes):

Pergamon, 199, / Closed Body becoming Open Body;
Amsterdam, Europe and the Colonies, 1571 / Magic Body becoming Work-machine;
Paris, 1793 / III Body becoming Clinicopathological Body;
Madrid, 1988/ A national museum is established in a building that originally housed a state hospital;
Mons, 1915 / Work-machine becoming Dysfunctional War-machine;
Paris, 1974 / Becoming Body in Exile;
Houston, 1984 / Incarcerated Body becoming Outsourced Body.

The second work is the video: *The Body in Crisis (Notes on Distance, Repetition and Representation)(, 2011, which acts as an archive, a collection of notes of Pisano’s investigative and performative approach, translated into images, text and the artist voice on video. see also critic picks by Cecilia Canziani at

Falke Pisano (b. Amsterdam, 1978, lives in Sao Paulo) had solo exhibitions in CAC – la Synagogue de Delme (2016); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2015); Praxes Berlin (2014); The Showroom, London (2013); Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2007/11/15); Hollybush Gardens, London (2009/12/15); De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2012); CAC, Vilnius (with Benoît Maire, 2011); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2010); Extra City, Antwerp (2010); Kunstverein, Graz (2009) and Halle für Kunst e.V. (Lüneburg, 2008). She participated in major groups shows such as the Sydney Biennial (2016), Venice Biennial (2009) and Manifesta (2008). She performed at Museo Reina Sofia (2012), the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008) and Lisson Gallery, London (2007).