Drawing together functional forms, industrial raw materials, and the aesthetic stylised forms of refined materials of the urban environment, Ivo Provoost and Simona Denicolaï set up a dialogue between two images: industry, and a town that is trying to offer a new image of itself through architectural or urban creations that refer to the town’s past by, for example, evoking the port or transatlantic links. Like mirrors, they shed light on how this circulation of the town’s identity plays out as a site of representation.
In its wake, the intervention they create stirs up some questions about the place of art within the town. So how can art be integrated in the urban landscape? Do we have to bring new forms into the town and which ones? What is the status of public art if it is the result of a sponsorship operation? How can it be part of building a town and its identitý? All questions that the artists ask themselves, and on which they suggest we dwell.
Simona Denicolaï was born in 1972 in Italy.
Ivo Provoost was born in 1974 in Belgium.