Sista Pratesi: The Living End @ Gimpel Fils

Gimpel Fils presents the third show of Sista Pratesi, consisting of 12 brand new mixed media works – mainly made of acrylic paint, wood and hair – and one installation containing three sculptures placed on an island made of carpet. All works are named after the exhibition’s title, ‘The Living End’, or vice versa.

There is something mystical in the atmosphere of ‘The Living End’. While viewers wonder around the carefully positioned works, it feels for a moment that we have been transferred into a sacred place. Pratesi’s sculptures have a timeless presence analogous to a totemic symbolism of an unidentified civilisation or religion. With clear references to human iconography, the artist captures a moment of an underlying emotional state. This is a surreal world where we are challenged by the powers of the subconscious and the almost metaphysical presence of objects.

While travelling, Sista Pratesi found the time to say a few words about ‘The Living End’:

REVma -/+: Time and space seem to play a significant role in your work. To what extent have you managed to work with these two elements and how are these incorporated in the current exhibition at Gimpel Fils?
S.P.: I think of time and space in an abstract way. The way memories can jump back and forward and become merged in our subconscious

REVma -/+: The placement of your work around the gallery space reminds of a totemic forest produced by an unknown civilisation. What were the main influences that led to the creation of these objects?
S.P.: The work is a physical manifestation of a frame of mind and thoughts on the transition between life and death.

REVma -/+: The employment of hair amongst other media has a clear reference to human origins, existence and presence. Does the interpretation of “Living End” attempt to trigger certain symbolisms and/or philosophical questions?
S.P.: The work addresses the eternal question of what comes after death. What do we pass through? I aim to capture the moment of transition and transformation halfway between the two states of life and death, at the point where you can get a clear view of the past and future simultaneously.