It’s breathing

The site-specific sound project by Daniele Puppi is a reversal of dimensions: the outside enters the Galleria Borghese’s 17th-century rooms and the inside projects reverberates in the park.

Daniele Puppi, Cinema rianimato n. 3, Digitalife (human connections), 2012
For the 20th anniversary of its reopening to the public after a long restoration, the Galleria Borghese presents a new site-specific sound project by Daniele Puppi: “It’s Breathing”, open until 24 September 2017.
“Often your ears see and your eyes hear”. With this oxymoron, Daniele Puppi explains his approach to artistic creation: shuffling the senses, which in “It’s Breathing” becomes a reversal of dimensions, in which the outside enters the seventeenth-century rooms of the Galleria and the inside projects itself onto the outside, reverberating in the surrounding park.


In Anna Coliva’s words, director of the Galleria Borghese: “It’s Breathing is the imperative of emotional knowledge altered by the experience of art. Puppi amplifies it to the point of giving vent to the interior agitation provoked by art and making it perceptible. It thus accompanies, with naturalness, our contemplation until it morphs from an internal urge into a scream emerging from the hidden depths of individual sensibility. And then, it’s at the same time piercing and lyrical, like a howl; then, human beings realize they are sensitive creatures that react to art. Puppi’s It’s Breathing offers us the difficulty and energy of art, surprising us, catching us off our guard. Frightening us. It reignites the deep breathing of many of the Galleria Borghese’s artworks, so famous they have produced in us the protection of their familiarity: the apnea of habit. And with the eruption of its breathing, their terribleness flares up in our consciousness. A terribleness of our own, subjective and contemporary, but which was there originally in the works and in the will to possess them and provoke them.”

until 24 September 2017
It’s Breathing. Daniele Puppi for the Galleria Borghese
Galleria Borghese
Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5, Rome

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