The web series in collaboration with Artibune magazine are now online: ten artists from the Farnesina Collection who tell us about themselves from their studios.
On the occasion of Contemporary Art Day 2020, the launch of the web series ‘Spazi d’artista’, in collaboration with Artribune magazine. The series presents ten short films each devoted to an artist from the Farnesina Collection, who talk about their journey and the relationship with the studios in which they work, from a perspective of particular interest in this period of forced closure. The films will be broadcast one each month, up to September 2021, on the website and on the social channels of Artribune and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The first film is dedicated to Luca Pozzi, an artist who works in the field of new technologies and questions the relationship between art and scientific research. The Farnesina Collection features the artwork ‘Detector n.1’ (2015).
The second film was also posted a few days ago: the artist is Bruno Ceccobelli, who in the course of his career, has focused on theosophy, alchemy and Eastern philosophies, in search of an art of strong symbolic value. The Farnesina Collection features ‘In sogno veritas’ (1991) and ‘A spasso con la Natura’ (1999).
The third is dedicated to Giuseppe Pietroniro, an artist whose work involves the systematic manipulation of matter, perspective and images. The Farnesina Collection includes his work “Interno Zacheta, National Gallery of Art Varsavia” (2007), part of a series dedicated to the photographic representation of museums without visitors.
The fourth is dedicated to Alice Pasquini, a famous Roman street artist active all over the world. Pasquini is also an illustrator and set designer. Her works arise from the opposition between images of intimacy and the most disparate urban environments. The Farnesina Collection features “How far, how near”, a work created in 2019 specifically for the MAECI.
The fifth is dedicated toPietro Ruffo, an artist who reflects on the complex stratifications of contemporary society using humble materials, such as paper and wood, highlighting the manual and “humble” dimension of art. The Farnesina Collection features “Atlas Riot’s II” (2013) and “Migration Globe V” (2017).
The sixth episode is dedicated to Davide Monaldi, who is reviving the Italian tradition of ceramics and using it as a way to express his own private universe in a creative way. With great technical skill, Monaldi creates intimate works depicting everyday objects, such as keys or rubber bands, or human figures with a melancholic and dreamy air. The Farnesina Collection includes ‘Staring girl’ (2012).
The seventh episode features Emanuela Fiorelli. By using threads, made of both cotton and elastic materials, Fiorelli has developed a very unique personal style: she builds dynamic, labyrinthine structures that enter into dialogue with the viewer, constantly changing according to their perspective. In this way, Fiorelli creates objects that are both personally expressive and a means of relating to the world around her. The Farnesina Collection includes ‘Sguardo spostato’ (2008).
At the centre of the eighth episode is the Vedovamazzei duo, formed by Stella Scala and Simeone Crispino and active since 1990. The work of the two artists is characterized by the use of extremely varied modes of expression. The works range from small sketches on paper to very large environmental artworks. Their work revolves around the reinterpretation of the everyday. Through engaging in dialogue between their respective points of view, which can sometimes be quite challenging, Scala and Crispino offer alienating, ironic, restless experiences, which bring out hidden meanings from the objects portrayed. The Farnesina Collection includes ‘Wood and Wood‘ (2007).
The artist Loredana Di Lillo is the subject of the penultimate video in the web series. In her works, Di Lillo employs different media: photography, installations, collages, creating a fusion inspired by surrealism and conceptual art. Some of the works are of an intimate nature and bring memory and the past into question, revolving around the theme of the loss of innocence. In others, animated by strong moral and political tension, Di Lillo reflects on contemporary society and its values. The Farnesina Collection includes “Lettera ‘T’ (Tyrant)” (2013).
The story of ‘Spazi d’artista’ concludes with Licia Galizia, star of the video ‘Configurazioni di un mutamento‘ (Configurations of a Change). A pupil of Fabio Mauri and Piero Pizzi Cannella, Galizia combines painting and sculpture, in search of a simple and dynamic style. In particular, she creates three-dimensional structures that engage in dialogue with viewers and call for active participation. The Farnesina Collection includes ‘Rotoli‘ (2004) and ‘Asole‘ (2007).
At a time when exhibitions and performances are suspended or severely limited, this is a way of discovering the protagonists of the Italian contemporary art scene, whose vibrancy and vitality testify to the increasingly central role of Italy on the international cultural stage.