9 February – 19 March 2018
Thursday 8 February, 6 p.m.
Cristina Gilda Artese and
The exhibition compares two of the most interesting Italian artists for whom photography is the main expressive feature. From 9 February to 19 March 2018, Gilda Contemporary Art in Milan hosts a double personal show by Pietro Mancini (Tropea,Vibo Valentia province, 1958) and Nico Mingozzi (Portomaggiore, Ferrara province, 1976), two of the most interesting artists of the Italian panorama, whose most characteristic feature is black and white photography processed both with digital and phisical actions. The exhibition, titled Offbeats and Mishaps, is curated by Cristina Gilda Artese and Alessandra Redaelli, and is tuned on music terminology to indicate two opposite rhythmic phenomena, just like the two artists’ researches that create contrasting moods leading the viewers to an intense emotional path. The exhibition starts with Pietro Mancini, who proposes a series of works characterized by geometrical structures that lock up teenagers’ faces and bodies – young people belonging to an uncertain age, in which identity still hangs in the balance – by means of groundbreaking digital techniques and earthly elements.
The photographed subjects pose seriously, at the edge of theatricality and solemnity, and their poses stand beside stylised grasshoppers, dragonflies, bees, whose flight refers to a primal freedom and to a research for a wild beauty. The photo exhibition will be accompanied by a sound installation with sounds of bugs, The show goes on by analysing Nino Mingozzi’s research, who presents a series of early 20thcentury black and white portraits, found by the artist in a yard sale. The choice of photos triggers the creative process that leads the artist from Ferrara to act by means of deletions, tears, graphic processing, breakdowns and seams in order to overcome the image superficiality and access to a new status, thus revealing the monstrum can hide behind the appearances.
By using different techniques, from India ink to acrylic, up to scratches, pins and tape, the artist makes a connection with different 20th experimentations and calls to mind a dressmaker who mends and gives images a new, torn-apart, painful and atrocious identity.
Catalogue with texts by Cristina Gilda Artese and Alessandra Redaelli
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