Galerie T&L, Paris
87 Boulevard Saint Michel, 75005 Paris, France
Tommaso Spazzini, known as Tindar, is an Italian artist born in Milan in 1986 who currently lives and works in Rome. His work has been shown in Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Hong Kong and Istanbul. For his first time VOLTA participation, T&L Galerie will show new works from the critically acclaimed Migrations and Radici ("Roots") series.
In 2016, Tindar has been adapting his longtime work on identity and fingerprints to create a new project to assist refugees stuck in Calais, France, in the makeshift camp that has sadly been nicknamed ‘The Jungle’. For the Migrations series, first shown at the Saatchi Gallery in 2016, the artist has resided two months in Calais. He asked migrants stucked there to collect thousands of fingerprints from anonymous French and European citizens, regardless of their religion or origin.
Back in the studio, he jabbed the fingerprints on metal rods of varying lengths which are attached to the canvas to create serpentines symbolising the road of exodus taken by refugees. Akin to roots hesitantly spreading and growing, going from one panel to the other—like metaphorical borders—nothing seems to be able to stop their irresistible progression. These myriads of fingerprints, gathered and arranged, are a symbol of our common identity as well as a reminder of the absurdity of trying to put up walls between humans. All these fingerprints look alike, whether they belong to a Kenyan, a Syrian fleeing from the war or a European citizen. A part of the artworks from the series will be auctioned to the benefit of a charity assisting migrants.
Tindar’s work is packed with literary and philosophical references: some pages of Dante’s Inferno or of the Encyclopédie by Diderot and d’Alembert are used as a background for the enormous sprawling roots that he draws using black pencil and graphite... Tindar has developed a series of spectacular artworks where form and substance are intertwined and text and images are combined to trigger a reflection about topics he holds dear: remembrance and cultural identity. Drawn on pages of old manuscripts or old editions, the fantastic yet strikingly realistic roots he creates are given a highly symbolic significance thanks to the polysemy of the roots: it becomes clear that, to him, these are also cultural roots.