Rossano B Maniscalchi, ‘Inside My Box’, ca. 2009, Screaming Abdabs Gallery

‘Inside My Box’ is a surreal photographic image set deep in a lush green coniferous forest. An apparition of a woman, of statuesque beauty, stands tall in the sanctuary of an impenetrable transparent tank, pierced only by a ray of sunlight that beams down between the trees to illuminate the alluring features of her profile. As she closes her eyes to absorb the rays of sunlight, she remains unobservant of the scene on the other side of her impervious glass encasement. The viewer can only surmise how this transparent box came to be placed into the depths of the forest, among carnivorous creatures that would not ordinarily be found in the same part of the world. Predacious wolves gather menacingly around the base of the tank. A pernicious python silently slithers down from above. The immediate assumption that this slippery serpent may pose a threat to the woman would be a misconception, not only for the fact that she stands within the safety of her ‘box’. Moreover, the snake is indeed sizing up the wolves and by definition would be most unlikely to attack a human, especially in the form of an apparition. Each wolf seems engrossed in its own agenda and all of them remain oblivious to their silent stalker. Again, Rossano B Maniscalchi has set a scenario upon which the viewer is left with a dilemma. If the python were to deduce which wolf might show the greatest sign of vulnerability and make a bid for its next meal, it risks the snarling onslaught of the remaining pack, who may savage the snake while it attempts to consume its prey. The box may simply vanish from whence it came, or the woman may open her eyes to realise her fate and the dangers that surround her box. This is the stuff of dreams, or perhaps a nightmare.

Signature: Signed by Rossano B Maniscalchi

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02–22 October 2009
Exhibition title: All or Nothing
Bohemian National Hall Gallery
321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021, USA

02–06 July 2011
Exhibition title: All or Nothing
Celebrating 150 years of a united Italy
The Italian Institute of Culture Gallery
Sporkova 14, Prague 1, Czech Republic

02–06 November 2011
Exhibition title: All or Nothing
Biennale of Venice 54th International Art Exhibition
Celebrating 150 years of a united Italy. Curator Vittorio Sgarbi
La Biennale di Venezia
Ca’ Giustinian, San Marco 1366/a 30124, Venezia, Italy

27 June – 30 November 2012
Exhibition title: All or Nothing
Villa Olmi Resort Gallery
Via degli Olmi 4/8, Bagno a Ripoli 50012, Florence, Italy

07 November – 06 December 2015
Exhibition title: Beyond
Palazzo Capponi
Canigiani, Via de Bardi, 30, Florence, Italy

Certificate of Provenance issued by Screaming Abdabs Gallery and endorsed by Rossano B Maniscalchi

About Rossano B Maniscalchi

Italian, b. 1962, Firenze, Italy, based in Italy & USA

Solo Shows

2016
Castello di Sammizzano, 
Florence, Italy,
Rossano B Maniscalchi
2015
Palazzo Capponi, 
Florence, Italy,
Beyond
2012
Villa Olmi Resort Gallery, 
Florence, Italy,
All or Nothing
2011
Italian Cultural Institute, 
Prague-Prague 1, Czechia,
All or Nothing
2011
Biennale of Venice 54th International Art Exhibition, 
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy,
All or Nothing
2009
MANES Gallery, 
Prague-Prague 1, Czechia,
Do Not Enter
2009
Bohemian National Hall Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
All or Nothing
2008
Gallery G Modern Art, 
Olomouc, Czechia,
Concept Quo?!
2008
Italian Cultural Institute, 
Prague-Prague 1, Czechia,
Concept Quo?!
2007
Italian Cultural Institute, 
Vancouver, BC, Canada,
Concept Quo?!
2006
Minimal Art Gallery, 
Trieste, Italy,
Piercing the Veil
2005
MIRO Gallery, 
Prague-Prague 1, Czechia,
Without Sound – Retrospective
2005
International Photographer’s Festival Gallery Sala Giubileo, 
Trieste, Italy,
Without Sound Celebrity Portraits
2005
Palazzo Covoni Gallery, 
Florence, Italy,
Without Sound Celebrity Portraits
2004
Italian Cultural Institute, 
Vancouver, BC, Canada,
In Broad Daylight
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