Hauser & Wirth will re-stage the historical performance ‘Ebrea’, one of Mauri’s most provocative and celebrated works, as part of the exhibition ‘Fabio Mauri. With Out.’ A hauntingly powerful presentation, the performance touches upon topics of ethnic and racial intolerance, unwavering themes that course throughout Mauri’s work. Re-performed countless times during the artist’s life, ‘Ebrea’ was first presented in October 1971 at Galleria Barozzi in Venice.
‘Fabio Mauri. With Out’ is solo exhibition of works by the late Italian artist, organized with Olivier Renaud-Clément. In a career spanning five decades, Mauri conducted an unyielding critical exploration of the mechanics of ideology, specifically as they materialized in the visual languages associated with World War II, the rise of Fascism and the Holocaust, and their lingering echoes in the modern world. His command of a diversity of disciplines and mediums – from drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, film, and installation, to theatre and theoretical writings – produced an oeuvre that effectively connects the enduring traumas of the twentieth century to today. Sobering, direct, and poetic, Mauri’s work recovers individual and collective historical memory; it addresses themes of mass communication and manipulation, and brings to light the political dimension of images that proliferate throughout contemporary society by means of our most prized tools.
Image: Armadietto (da Ebrea) (Mirror Cabinet [from Ebrea]), 1971 © The Estate of Fabio Mauri