L'Atteso, Mike Nelson's first solo exhibition in an Italian institution, transforms the OGR-Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin into a "different place" thanks to a large-scale installation that has occupied the entire nave of Binario 1 with a powerful intervention. The volume is not only a guide to the reading of the exhibition of the same name, but functions as a testimony and study material on the artist because in a series of references to the themes of the exhibition - memory and bequests - it constitutes a second stage, a further visit to the installation, an immersive experience in itself.
Conceived as a notebook, the exhibition catalogue L'Atteso by Mike Nelson provides a series of disparate materials, providing the reader with suggestions and references to trigger possible readings of the environmental installation created by the English artist in the spaces of the OGR. The documentation of the various phases of the exhibition is combined with a rich selection of texts, which provide possible keys to understanding the work: ranging from science fiction to writings by several artists, the cluster of texts and iconographic references accumulates, imitating the layers of meaning and materials that are characteristic of Nelson's work.
The OGR series, curated and published by Corraini Edizioni, takes up a key theme of the institution itself, that of movement, particularly in the sense of progression and forward projection.
Each of the books produced is more than just a catalogue that brings together texts and images from the exhibition: the close and enduring collaboration between artists, curators, editors and book publishers makes it possible to create a "second act" of the exhibition each time, enabling the reader to delve deeper into the works, study them and visit the space through the pages.