Gaikis, Lona. “NON” (2021). Daniela Baldelli – Le non travail, Paris: Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP)
This text reflects ‘non’ in the work of visual artist Daniela Baldelli. It leaves off from interstices in perception, and traces along their fractures. It conceives ‘non’ within a snap of air, and revisits an invisible genealogy from past, present and possible futures. It is an expression of my friendship and appreciation for an artist who challenges the concept of art to direct our attention to the opulence that lies beyond the self-evident.
»In a world where everything tries to be art, and fewer things actually are art, that which is art now retreats to fleeting moments of passage as an alternative to the omnipresent battle for attention and significance. In as much as non sets art forth in subtle actions that trigger the imagination, it avoids the screaming of slogans and vulgar subjects. Its form follows the rhythm of breath and is of obscure presence, involving the most minimal interventions of scribbling, folding, falling, layering; spatial arrangements and their notation in a snap of air. Instantaneous movements carried out in places of transit: waiting rooms, train compartments or in a domestic context; the so-called cultural ‘periphery’. By pushing our experience to the very margin of what counts as aesthetic, Daniela does not let herself be deprived of agency in her process of minimal staging. In fact, this minimalism reveals the extent to which her touch reaches beyond her hands. The lens becomes an extension of feeling and mind, the photographic picture is the extension of art as a poesy of impossibilities. It is an affectionate gesture, a stream that I inhale from and even discover non in my own daily gestures.«