Starting on Thursday, October 26th, 2017, Turin based Burning Giraffe Art Gallery presents Analog Sampler, a solo exhibition by artist Romina Bassu (Rome, 1982).
The artist’s pictorial research begins with a thorough search of archive photos, scraps of old magazines and classical movies’ posters: these findings give birth to a small but significative sample collection of images from which she borrows atmospheres and suggestions.
The exhibition, composed of ten artworks on canvas and on paper especially made for the artist’s first solo show at the turinese art gallery, finds its focus on the female figure. The painting’s main characters all appear motionless, almost deprived of life, probably sacrificed to their own appearance. The choice of placing the characters which populate the pictures in a specific time frame – the 50s, with their immediately recognizable iconographic and cultural references – allows Romina Bassu to bring out a more rigid and pervasive conception of social and gender roles, by transposing the scene into a timeless dimension and turning the figures into architypes, both distant in time and extremely contemporary to the viewer because of the message they convey.
The artist reflects on the concept of the objectification of the female body, which finds in the male stare its main objectifier. The painted faces – covered by a blue mask which erases all characteristics and a person’s individuality along with them –, which return in almost every exhibited painting, underlined this very mechanism: when being is limited to appearance, the place of the body is taken by a universal and disincarnated product, which doesn’t contemplate the identification of individual value.
«An individual deprived of his distinctive facial characteristics – explains the artist – blends into an anonymous snapshot and gets turned into a symbolic character. Anonymity is a very important trait of my research; it offers me the possibility of overlapping individual and collective identities, finding in all depicted faces and people something which belongs to all of us, activating a process of agnition and identification».
Romina Bassu was born in 1982, in Rome, where she currently lives and works. She studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Sevilla, Spain. Her artworks have been exhibited in many different collective and solo whos in Italy and abroad. Among the artist’s most recent experiences are: The Others Art Fair, Turin; YIA Art Fair #11, Paris; Bocs Art 2017 Artistic Residence in Cosenza; Young & Forever Young, Galleria Anna Marra Contemporanea, Rome; Where Are We Now, Burning Giraffe Art Gallery, Turin; Art for art's sake Guidi, Kühlhaus di Kreuzberg, Berlin; Combat Prize 2017; Museum G. Fattori and Villa Mimbelli | Museum of Natural History of Livorno; Promises - solo show, Galleria Marcolini, Forlì; Social utopia / Studi aperti, Ameno; Isoipse / COLLA project, Galleria Moitre, Turin; Carte Blanche, Galerie Olivier Nouvellet, Paris; Artefiera 2016, Bologna; Group psychology (and the analysis of the ego), Galleria Marcolini, Forlì; Book Art Project, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome; Francesco Fabbri Prize for Contemporary Arts 2015, Villa Brandolini, Treviso; ArtVerona 2015; Mnemosyne - solo show, Meb arte studio, Novara.
ROMINA BASSU. Analog Sampler
From October 26th to December 2nd, 2017
opening: Thursday, October 26th, 2017, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm (mornings on appointment)
Burning Giraffe Art Gallery
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