Pneuma is a project by Christian Fogarolli, conceived as an iteration of the research he initiated in 2012. He plays at the intersection between visual art and scientific discipline, questioning hierarchical relationships between species and normative attributions of deviance.
Taking the cue from Legge 180, an Italian law reshaping the psychiatric system of the country in 1978 as well as from the Declaration of Helsinki in 2005 on mental health, Fogarolli’s international project involves a few of the major psychiatric institutions in Europe.
Through travels and research residences, the artist opens to different realities in Europe with a project made of several immersive works conceived while interacting with patients and institutions.
Pneuma plays on the ground of immateriality and intangibility of mental illness in different geographical and cultural contexts, questioning the stigma and categorization imposed by political and corporate systems. It is research attempting to disclose the entire spectrum of subjectivity risking being untold behind clinical diagnoses.
The project discloses as a series of exhibitions and collateral events to be presented in 2020 in collaboration with museums, foundations, Cultural Italian Institutes, universities, research centers, associations, radio stations, and film productions.
Pneuma is supported and produced by Italian Council prize 2019, Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura Contemporanee e Periferie urbane of Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali (MiBACT).