LIQUID THEORY 3 (sick), 2011 - installation view - blender in action blending water, wood tables, shelves, plastic bottles, inkjet prints, neon
The phrase Triple A, or AAA, refers to the highest credit rating. It indicates that the invested capital is extremely safe and there is very little risk of default. An issuer that is rated AAA has an exceptional degree of creditworthiness and can easily meet its financial commitments.
Having a rating this high allows a company to borrow money and raise capital at rates, providing a huge competitive advantage.
Referring to this most "yearned" credit rating, I've downloaded a free copy of Karl Marx's Capital and I've tripled every single letter A contained within (this modification has been manually made on every single letter A, working for three months, eight hours per day).
I've printed this "new" version and separated the original number of pages from the increased pages, visualizing in this way the "surplus" obtained as a consequence of this modification.
ABCD (+-) 2012 - installation detail - BHART, Antwerp
Credit rating agencies publish financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds and classify the credit capacity using a standard evaluation scale. This scale is an alphabetical scale in which the evaluation, alike school marks, varies from "AAA", that points out the maximum solvency grade to D that indicates a situation of default. In the last years the indexes and criteria of evaluation adopted by credit rating agencies have been criticized by observatories, media and researchers - particularly at the beginnings of 2012, regarding the downgrade values attributed to different EU countries.
Such evaluations have been considered suspicious because all the shareholders in the rating agencies, cannot be considered as impartial since they have an active role in selling and purchasing stocks and bonds in the financial market, but could be interested users of their own evaluations. The trial against S&P's Italy took place in Trani, nearby my hometown Bari. Five employees from global credit rating agency have been accused of inflicting unjustified damage to Italy for their role in credit rating decision in 2011 and 2012. The case is a late addition to the global lawsuits that have been raised against the world's largest credit rating agencies for thei role in the financial crisis. > READ FULL ARTICLE<
The installation ABCD (+-) reformulates S&P's long term rating scale using four different kinds of snack cakes which I've choosed analysing my 4 years old daughter's tastes and drawing her own scale of preference. It starts from the highest rating (A) which is represented by the snack cake she loves the most to the lowest (D) according to the one that she never wants to eat.
LIQUID THEORY (totem), 2011 - steering wheel, plastic glasses, water, inkjet prints, wood shelf, plastic air vent, rubbish bin, book.
GENEROSITY & CAREERISM, 2015 - Store bought canvas prints (STORM: front - FRUIT: back), plastic ipad holder, car window sunshade, screws - cm 80x50x40
Left: ILJA KARILAMPI, cut vinyls on fridge - Right: GENEROSITY & CAREERISM (after Milan) on crisps display stand - KELLY BAR, Milan
CAAAPITAAAL, 2015 - installation view at PLAYTIME - 9800 S Sepulveda - Los Angeles > EXHIBITION VIEW
IL FUTURO ERA BELLISSIMO PER NOI, 2016 _ installation view at Citè Internationale Des Arts _ Plastic garden fences, stretched canvas prints, i-pad holders, car side window sunshades, stickers, chains, chocolate balls. > EXHIBITION VIEW
CAROGNA, 2016 _ Installation view at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten_ wood panels, car side window sunshades, garden plastic fences, stretched canvas prints, drawings on pampers cardboard boxes, ipad holders, bread, artificial rose petals, fabric, various objects > EXHIBITION VIEW
THE PARLIAMENT SOUP - Wood, enamel, plastic garden fences, stretched canvas prints, i-pad holders, cut vinyl decals, car side window sunshades > EXHIBITION VIEW AT SYDNEY