From 4 April to 11 June 2023, the PAC | Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea di Milano presents FORGET YOUR DREAMS, the first solo show in Italy devoted to the visionary and poetic artistic enquiry of Yuri Ancarani (Ravenna, 1972), whose works are based on an original and careful blending of documentary cinema and video art.
Curated by Diego Sileo and Iolanda Ratti, the exhibition has been produced in partnership with MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, which, until 7 May 2023, hosts Ancarani’s project Atlantide 2017 – 2023, curated by Lorenzo Balbi.
With the same lucid, impartial gaze that has always characterised Ancarani's artistic point of view, the show endeavours to present the most authentic aspects of his production, composed of impalpable images that cross the established boundaries between visual art and cinema. Furthermore, the exhibition presents all of Ancarani’s films in one location for the first time, thanks to a selection that begins with his earliest works and moves on to his best known and celebrated ones, along with a brand new work specifically conceived for the PAC.
The title of the exhibition, Forget your Dreams, is a quote taken from his latest film, Atlantide: it is the phrase that the main character, Daniele, says to her young girlfriend Maila, and which becomes an invitation to see the exhibition without referring to those dreams that the film industry often evokes.
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Yuri Ancarani was born in Ravenna in 1972. He lives and works in Milan.
Winner of the ACACIA 2023 Award, the artist has exhibited his work in the most prestigious museums and exhibitions, including: the Kunstverein Hannover (Germany); the Castello di Rivoli (Rivoli Torino, Italy); Manifesta 12 (Palermo, Italy); the Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, Switzerland); the 55th Venice Biennale; the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France); the Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), and the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France).
He has also received important recognition, such as the ‘Special Prize of the Jury CINÉ+’ Cineasti del presente, 69th Locarno Film Festival (Locarno, Switzerland); five nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors, Museum of the Moving Image (New York, USA); and the ‘Grand Prix in Lab Competition’, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (Clermont-Ferrand, France).
In 2022, he was a finalist for the best documentary at the David di Donatello Awards.