CUBO, the Company Art Museum of Unipol, presents "familiar places", an exhibition of the artist Anna Di Prospero, from October 18, 2018, to January 19, 2019, with text in the catalog of the art critic Antonio Grulli.
The exhibition project consists of photographs taken from two of the main series on which the artist has worked in recent years. The main part of the work focuses on research related to urban architecture, which Anna Di Prospero has realized through long research residences that have kept her traveling around the world.
"Those who attract Anna - with whom she starts to dance and dialogue - are sinuous, defined, limpid and full of details, where the light shines and reclines mysteriously. For their definition they can remember the Flemish paintings, just think of the "rigid" folds of the red dress or its curls loose in the wind, but still. Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid can be referenced, precise and precise, recognizable as if to make an unconscious tribute to their ability to sculpt architecture. Meanwhile, the silent shots of Edward Hopper echo in our visual memory, his refined and nostalgic realism and the wise use of light cuts. Anna's body, in the shots, becomes a soft architecture [...] In those sharp, precise, carefully constructed gestures that can make one think of a particular attention to the choreographies of Pina Bausch, emotions emerge. Here is the second heart of the exhibition, the images of the members of his family, designed together with them in every detail, from the choice of the dress to the place, to the pose. "(From the text in the catalog by Antonio Grulli).
The rest of the photos on the show are related to the ties and family relationships and are taken from the series "Self-portrait with my family" with which the artist has won some of the world's largest photography awards.
These works are part of a wider research entitled "With you", on relationships, ties with family, friends and even strangers. Here the figure is present and presents itself, loses all anonymity [...]. The scenes are reconstructions of reality, with a technique that can be compared to that of great photographers like Gregory Crewdson, able to enhance the real, make it more evocative, up to absurd abstraction [...] These self-portraits are small performative acts, discrete like the poses that the artist takes on the steps of the entrance of a building, on the asphalt of a road, against a concrete wall ... The architectures become for a moment his house and the palette on which to paint unsaid sensations (from the text) in the catalog by Antonio Grulli)
Two themes, architecture and family, crucial also within the social commitment that the Unipol Group and the CUBO exhibition space have been moving for years.
This exhibition is made with the contribution of MLB MARIA LIVIA BRUNELLI home gallery, Ferrara.
A brief biography of the artist
Anna Di Prospero was born in Rome in 1987. She studied photography at the European Institute of Design in Rome and the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2008 his first personal exhibition was inaugurated within the Rome International Photography Festival. In 2009 he took part in the FotoLeggendo Festival and won the Prix Exchange Boutographies which earned him the participation in the Boutographies Rencontres Photographiques in Montpellier. In 2010 he was selected for the Reflexions-Masterclass international photography seminar held by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Italy and the United States, including Les Rencontres D'Arles, the Month of Photography Los Angeles and the Milan Triennale. His photos have enchanted Italy and America, where Anna Di Prospero has deepened her studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He won two prestigious awards, the People Photographer of the Year at the International Photography Awards and the Discovery of the Year at the Lucie Awards and was ranked second in the Portrait category at the Sony World Photography Award 2014. In 2016, his first photographic book Marseille (s), the result of the work done in artistic residence at the cultural association Le Percolateur of Marseille. This year, about twenty of his works were exhibited in a double solo exhibition at the Ducal Palace in Mantua together with Heinz Lechner, and the artist entered the museum's collection. Also this year, two of his works have been exhibited at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, in the exhibition "L'altra sguardo. Italian photographers 1965-2018" which intends to promote the knowledge of the most original interpreters of the Italian photographic panorama from the mid-1960s to today.