The exhibition entitled Useless Bodies occupies four exhibition spaces and also the backyard of the Milanese headquarters of the Prada Foundation, which totals 3,000 m2 of exhibition space. The aim of Scandinavian artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, who have been working together since 1995, is to investigate the condition, functions and usefulness of the human body in the post-industrial era, during which physical presence seems to have lost its centrality so much as to become superfluous.
“Our bodies are no longer the active subjects of our existence. Unlike what happened in the industrial era, today they no longer generate value in terms of the advanced mechanisms typical of our contemporary society. We can even go further and say that our physical identities have perhaps become more obstacles than advantages”, explains the duo.
For artists, this change would have impacts on every aspect of our lives: working conditions, health, interpersonal relationships and even the way we record the information that comes to us. The project also addresses how individuals adapt physically to a world always dominated by the two-dimensional imaginary, in particular alluding to the current pandemic.
Following the exhibition route, the public finds a sequence of immersive installations. The foundation's space becomes a plurality of universes identified by atmospheres, aesthetics and specific themes.
Location: Prada Foundation
Address: Largo Isarco, 220139 – Milan (Italy)
Date: March 31 to August 22, 2022
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm
Ticket: 12-15 euros