If time equals flesh, an event may shape anatomy. In April 2016, Musumeci has printed the book Into Your Solar Plexus (Donatella Bernardi ed.) published by Humboldt Books and designed by Noémie Gygax.
Into Your Solar Plexus is the sum of a multitude of journeys, people and stories collected and edited by Donatella Bernardi. Her uncle and father, the brothers Alfonso and Luciano Bernardi, respectively a mountaineer and a scientist born in Bologna in 1914 and 1920, were meticulous documenters of their travels around the globe. Their archives – the driving force behind the project – include photographs depicting a journey to the top of the Dhaulagiri during the 1976 Italian expedition to the Himalayas, a majestic waterfall in South America, snapshots of the Temple of Bel in Palmyra and everyday life in Aleppo, Syria, taken in the 1970s. The book opens with photographs by Alfonso and closes with those by Luciano, encapsulating visions of a world lost and gone, or at least radically changed. In the central part of the publication, Donatella Bernardi takes over an art space for a number of months – the Kunsthalle Bern – from January to June 2015, in order to address the notion of political origin, personal mythology, necessity and contingency through artworks, events and monumental wall paintings, executed before the very eyes of the museum visitors. The Bernardi family archive is combined with various other sources, such as works by the Lebanese artists Saloua Raouda Choucair and Hala Schoukair, mother and daughter dealing with their respective generational concerns, Arabic modernism and the diaspora, but also with historical artworks from the Swiss Confederation Fine Art Collection. Bernardi conceives Into Your Solar Plexus as a permeable organism, a time-based curatorial journey as well as an artist’s book, the perception and interpretation of which were influenced by the natural and political catastrophes that took place during the implementation of the project, such as the earthquake in Nepal or the assault on the Palmyra archaeological site by ISIS militants. "Pl. LXVII, Palmyre. Temple de Bêl. (Automne 1932)" in Antoine Poidebard, La Trace de Rome dans le désert de Syrie, Le Limes de Trajan à la conquête arabe, Recherches aériennes (1925-1932), Librairie orientaliste Paul Geuthner, Paris, 1934. Double page of Into Your Solar Plexus. Left: Alfonso Bernardi, Palmyra, 20 October 1975, Kodachrome, slide, 35 mm. Right: Donatella Bernardi, series of titles given to each exhibition room of the Kunsthalle Bern for the Morgenröte, aurora borealis and Levantin: Into Your Solar Plexus project, Kunsthalle Bern, 30 January – 7 June 2015 [opening 29 January]. Ground floor: Mother-Daughter, Sisyphus, Homesickness, Alps, Syrian Portico; lower level: Botanical Synthetic Material, To Let it Go. Anonymous, Dancing figure identified as Joséphine Baker, probably painted in 1936 while parties were taking place in the Kunsthalle Bern underground chambers (nowadays a deposit, archive, library, boardroom and administrative rooms), fragment of a wall painting, 231 x 72.5 cm. Photo: David Aebi.Double page of Into Your Solar Plexus. Left: Alfonso Bernardi, Thawing patterns, Nepal, Dhaulagiri, 3 May 1976, Kodachrome, slide, 35 mm. Right: Damascus Museum, Holy Coran, 14th Century, slide, 35 mm.Double page of Into Your Solar Plexus, first week of the Kunsthalle Bern project's diary, with contributions by Sara Baldis, Donatella and Luciano Bernardi, Noémie Gygax and Katja Schenker. Double page of Into Your Solar Plexus, "Horizontal ecstasy", all pictures by Luciano Bernardi, Kodachrome, slide, 35 mm, various times and locations.
Currently developing a show for the Galleria Valentina Bonomo in Rome.
Draft for a shaped canvas Fenice, in collaboration with Fredrik Fermelin, 2015.