After my debut exhibition Where is my sacred? (Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, 2019), I had the chance to continue the research ‘in the provinces of the mind’ with another solo show Sublimine (Piano Zer0, 2022), presenting a new series of works created during the pandemic that reinterpret myths and legends, sacred iconographies and folklore. The associations and contrasts present in the works come from my dreams, ghosts and visions, trying to restore an aura to our present and outline the features of our future.
The plus of having exhibited my art show Sublimine in the far out from the centre and yet genuine popular multiethnic and fast developing district of Torpignattara in the outskirt of Rome, gave me the joy to relate with the unaware locals, attracted by the lights of the unusual and temporary gallery.
I was amazed by their amazement, questions, comments, and wows; happy to be able to give a sparkle of enchantment.
The itinerary was subdivided into six stations: SACRED SHRINES, ABREACTIONS, ORACULAR SKULLPTURES, SOFI@, ARBRE MAGIQUE.
These are seven RGB illuminated cases that rework the typical “Madonnelle” aka “aediculae” of central-southern Italy, containing different industrial products combined with Russian and Byzantine icons, with typical representations such as the Christ Pantocrator, the Madonna with Child, the “all-seeing eye of God” aka “the eye of Providence”.
Read more about Sacred Shrines.
It’s a seven-photo series displayed in lightboxes that portray a soul illuminated by a candle flame, writhing in the night under a jet of water in an intimate and underground place, printed on a Backlight Mambo material that gives a rough and three-dimensional texture to the subject.
Read more about Abreactions.
ORACULAR SKULLPTURES #2
This is the 2nd series of seven “oracular skulls” this time tied with ”shibari” fluo ropes created in collaboration with the Roman based “Rigger” Verususropes. The skulls are suspended and compose an inverted triangle looking at the abyss. Ideally the ropes are the conduit to otherworldly realms, they vibrate and resonate as if they were strings of an imaginary and arcane instrument.
This is a 1950s Italian doll covered with microchip fragments: a new post-human, post-gender and hyper-connected deity; a hybrid being made up of biology and information, in its progressive process of dematerialization. A sculpture preluding our cosmic and interplanetary destiny, envisioned by the candor of a child’s gaze.
Read more about SOPHI@
This is a white-lacquered drift enriched with golden leaf and with bright red acrylic paint on the exposed part, as if it were living flesh. I then dug the trunk and applied two glass eyes and created eyelids with clay covered with golden leaf.
As in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”, where the kingdom of nature mixes with the human, the organic with the inorganic, the flora with the fauna, I wanted to create a living anthropomorphic trunk observing the surrounding environment and the viewer.
Read more about Arbre Magique.
Finissage w/ musical performance by Spentriu and his project Tuktu and the Belugas Quartet
↓ Watch video below (by Francesca Tascio) ↓