14 December 2016 - 4 February 2017




14 December 2016 - 4 February 2017

Opening: Wednesday 14 December, from 7 pm
The artist will be present


RIBOT gallery
Via Enrico Nöe 23 – Milan


from Tuesday to Friday / from 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Saturday from 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Also by appointment


RIBOT is pleased to present a solo show by Lorenza Boisi (Milan, 1972): a selection of recent works, oils on canvas and ceramic sculptures, made by the artist specifically for the exhibition.


The title, “Maybe there is a beast… Maybe it’s only us” alludes to a crucial moment in the famous novel by William Golding The Lord of the Flies. In Simon’s remark, the prophesy of Shim’on (he who listens), the shy, inspired, soothsaying boy tries to give both a logical explanation and an interpretation of the possible existence of the “beast” that menaces the survival of the group.


A beast that might exist or not… that could be within the boys themselves: the projection of their dark side, a physical or imaginary embodiment of their fears, their ancestral need to reify the Unknown, and their Loneliness. Times being what they are, Lorenza Boisi hints at a world that is the very home and body of Apprehension. A personal, extensive, social and historical apprehension that is metaphorically close to Golding’s novel. 


The paintings on show tell of the almost sociological possibilities of one or more existential figures, the artist’s alter egos, and narrate, through the use of synecdoche, her universe and its incurable partiality, its subjectivity and, by extension, much more.


The ceramics, sculptures, and installations contain an aesthetic reference to her questioning of the media, of known techniques that the artist keeps her distance from, and the works generate a small segment of life, an indistinct place, by attributing a historical meaning to that vague territory that is tale-spinning memory.


A place of abandonment and desertions, of transits as adolescence. A place of mystification and of undecipherable moral qualities in face of the arrival of irrationality. A generic and/or highly personal place/time where there remains the mystery of the precise nature of narrative aims and dynamics.

Precisely here where the Beast is to be found or not to be found or We, above all, are the Beast.

Igor Hosnedl
Vera Kox


30 September - 30 January 2021


CHAPTER #2                                                                                                                   

curated by Domenico de Chirico


30 September - 30 January 2021

Exhibition Opening on Wednesday 30 September from 12 pm to 9 pm
The artists will be present


RIBOT gallery
Via Enrico Nöe 23 – Milan


from Tuesday to Friday / from 3 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Saturday from 11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Also by appointment


“The death of another man singles me out and calls me into question, as though I had become, for my potential indifference, the accomplice of this death, invisible to the other who exhibits himself to you; and as though, even  before being destined for it, I had to answer for the death of the other person: as though I had not to leave him alone in his mortal loneliness.”

E. Lévinas-A. Peperzak, Ethics as First Philosophy, 1989,

It. trans. F. Ciaramelli, Guerini and Associati, Milan 2001, III, 4, p. 56.


From the very beginning, and according to the plurality of modes that encapsulates it, the term dialogue (from the Latin dialŏgus, in ancient Greek διάλογος, derived from διαλέγομαι “to converse, talk with”, composed from dià, “by way of” and Logos, “discourse”) indicates the mainly verbal comparison, in the sense of a procedure for all-round research, conducted between two or more interlocutors, and is understood as a tool for expressing heterogeneous feelings, the view points of each of the involved parts, and for the discussion of ideas that are not necessarily opposed.

Dialogical interaction, here understood as a tool for the expositive strategy between two sides, should certainly be understood, in its most intrinsic meaning, as a moment of receptiveness, the freedom for reciprocal change, the respect and acceptance of the other. In the phenomenology of the French intellectual Emmanuel Lévinas, for example, dialogue, which involves human beings who have ended up in a search for a non-terminable truth, becomes the tool of an intentional conscience that incessantly tends towards the infinite and is strongly connoted by the presence of sensitivity and the wish to reveal the invisible. Conversation, as a synonym of dialogue, is articulated by two aspects: first that of receptiveness, in the sense of the beginning of the conversation itself, the typical mechanism of a conversational analysis based on the notorious adjacent couples, otherwise known as action and reaction. Conversation can certainly be considered the prototypical form of face-to-face dialogue and, in particular, with dialogue you do, in fact, share two central traits of interactivity and intentionality. And as in each linguistic production, the various forms of conversation are strongly influenced by the context. A dialectic of an essentially aesthetic kind is affected by all these characteristic aspects of the dialogue and emphasises them by pushing them to the extreme limits, making clear a continual search for something unsaid that is said between structural leaps and visual allusions in an infinite game that drowns the bases in the articulated artistic research of the two interlocutors.


On the one hand, in the words of Sigmund Freud, “Creativity is an attempt to resolve a conflict generated by unexpressed biological impulses, such that unfulfilled desires are the driving force of the imagination, and they fuel our dreams and daydreams”; this is the indisputable source of the art of Igor Hosnedl, useful for constructing a language that becomes increasingly personal through the habit of constantly drawing. Furthermore, this technique allows him to approach automatic writing and to natural, instinctive inspiration, and thus to live analytically in an antithetic sine qua non, held in balance between the rational and the irrational. His creative process sees Hosnedl as the protagonist of a constant soliloquy, and such an imaginative and repetitive process is rooted in the construction of a pictorial space. Hosnedl is indubitably linked to pre-established classical themes such as still-life and landscape painting, elements that allow him to sensitively celebrate his ancestral culture with all the characteristics that have always distinguished it;


on the other hand, Vera Kox’s intrinsic interest in sculpture can be traced back to the landscapes of the industrial excavations of her place of origin, Esch/Alzette in Luxembourg, where the former iron mines that surround the city present the scenario of a nature marked by human interference. Translated into fragmented material compositions of sensual folds and eclectic colours, Kox does not exclude all epistemological, ontological, evaluative, or normative characteristics related to such a proscenium. Responding to the formal and compositional specificities of the material, Kox’s practice presents a symbiotic relationship between new as well as pre-historic materials to manifest contemporary fossils and reliquaries of our modern, materialistic reality. Irony and pleasure become tools of choice in this discerning intervention, interrupting the austerity of environmental crisis and consumeristic regime. Her work draws on anthropocenic geographies to elucidate the persistent desire for an authentic reconciliation between human interests and the need to extend the moral community across the holistic ecosystem

Igor Hosnedl (Uherské Hradiště, 1988, lives and works in Berlin). He studied at Academy of fine arts, Prague. His solo and group shows were held at: FAIT Gallery, Brno, 2019; EIGEN+ART Lab, Berlin, 2019; Downs & Ross, New York, 2018; Horizont Gallery, Budapest, 2018, 2016. His works are present in the Collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague.


Vera Kox (Frankfurt/Main, 1984, lives and works in Berlin and Luxembourg). She studied at Goldsmiths College, London and at University College for the Creative Arts, Canterbury. Her work has been shown at (selection): KINDL - Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2020; Galerie 22,48m2, Paris, 2019; Exgirlfriend, Berlin, 2019, 2018; KLEMM’S, Berlin, 2018; Galleri Opdahl, Berlin, 2018, 2016, 2013, 2012; Mudam, Luxembourg, 2017; RIBOT, Milan, 2016; MRAC, Sérignan, 2016; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2013; Casino - Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, 2012. She has been a resident at Cité internationale des arts, Paris, 2019; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, 2015; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2013.