'salle principale' Gallery, Paris
February 17—April 15, 2017 (Opening February 16, 6 pm)
The group exhibition of les gens d’Uterpan, Dominique Mathieu, Gianni Pettena, Matthieu Saladin and Lois Weinberger, is focused on the issue of travel both in the city and in the landscape.
Gianni Pettena will have on exhibit a photo-composition of his performance Red Line (Salt Lake City, 1972). Red Line is the last of the three works realized during Gianni Pettena’s stay in Salt Lake City in 1972. The performance, consisted in the “physical visualization” of the municipal boundary, a red line stretching for about forty kilometers painted on the road and tracing the plan of the city and its administrative limits: an operation that was carried out by leaning out of a pickup truck loaded with some drums of red paint, a spray gun and a compressor to operate it. Red Line concluded a trilogy of metaphorical interpretations of the contradictions of the contemporary city, its stupidities and its beauties, conducted through interventions that also had a strongly contextual value, as they tackled the theme of the relationship with the city in a place in which the presence of natural elements, in particular the Great Salt Lake and the Great Salt Desert, is particularly significant.