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by Ariadna Zierold

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NEVERCREW is a swiss based street artists duo composed by Christian Rebecchi & Pablo Togni. They work together since 1996.

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In the recent years they undertook a research that doesn’t aim at forcedly channeling reflections in a precise stylistic and formal way, but rather to find a new language that allows to follow them, deepen them and share them; and especially that it’s also a practical and visible demonstration of that. Working together since 1996, Christian Rebecchi & Pablo Togni developed the issue of the confrontation (between two persons, between ideas, between forces) and at the same time, interacting in the public space, they extended this confrontation outside in a direct way, making this perennial dual “discussion” one of the hubs of their work.  From this take shape what they call “sections” and “living structures.”

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NEVERCREW sees these “structures” as models of living systems, overviews that are made perceptible in their totality and in their structure by the act of sectioning, which allows to see them (and if desired, to explore them) as they are inside while maintaining the perceptible global shape. They apply and generate a double vision, or “simultaneous vision”, layered in sets/systems that start from the individual mechanical or natural components up to the overall composition given by the association of different subjects, and then finally expand out automatically in a direct and personal relationship with the observer and the environment.
The issues that they want to examine are closely connected to the base of their work: it’s especially a view on the human condition, on the relationship between mankind and nature, between mankind and its nature, and on economic or social systems. They try to work on all of this and to incorporate it into a broader and more global topic that could gradually shows itself as a whole and be readable in every component in a vision of total and inevitable relationship between everything, between all parts, where only the point of view, the location within a system, defines a selection.
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In their work, the mechanisms are the trigger, the generator from which the rest develops. They consider them the primary key to understand and allow them to give a proportion to things. Obviously, as mentioned, they see as “mechanism” in a broader sense also the whole system which they represent: the group of elements in an artwork which in turn is compared with what surrounds them physically or conceptually. The relationship between the parties is extended to the whole of reality, the place and the viewer, that they seek to involve on different levels (logical, emotional, associative). This then completes the structure with its own vision, with its history and its multiple interpretations, and he is given a way to look at a system, of which it is part, from the outside.
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