The MLB bring to ArteFiera 2018 ... its bedroom.
The MLB participates in ArteFiera 2018, in the PHOTO section, with a very special project linked to the ten years of activity of the home gallery, the idea of Maria Livia Brunelli was to propose at the fair part of the home gallery itself. Obviously not the two Renaissance halls where the MLB hosts the curatorial projects related to the exhibitions of the nearby Palazzo dei Diamanti, but the bedroom, where visitors are accompanied to discover the latest news proposed by the gallery.
The bedroom is the place where you enter on tiptoe and then be fascinated by the works that crowd the walls. An intimate place that for few hours a week is open to visitors, in a spontaneous welcoming gesture in the name of art, thanks to which an immediate empathy is created between those who visit those spaces for the first time and those who live there daily. At the show it was decided to rebuild the bedroom of the MLB with a double bed, bedside tables and works on the walls.
Among the works, an overview of works by Mario Cresci: from the historical interiors and evanescent self-portraits of Barbarano Romano of the seventies, to the magical suspended atmospheres of Martina Franca, up to recent works in which Cresci enjoyed playing with photo paper, folding and crumpling photographs of authors of the past. Also on display are works in the series "D'Après Retablo", born from the fascination of the nature of Sicily, looking in the landscape of magical signs, the dimension of the non-visible.
Great expectation for the new works of the series "Mirabilia" by Silvia Camporesi, who began mapping the various Italian regions in search of the most particular and little known places, natural wonders, bizarre constructions, unusual museums. Here then make their appearance the walls covered with clocks of the Guatelli Museum, or the surreal zebra-striped architecture of the Rocchetta Mattei. But also the incredible Colossus of the Apennines, a sixteenth-century sculpture crouched over a pond in a Medici park, pure fantasy film vision, which, like other works, Camporesi chose to print in black and white and then color it with great patience in pastel, with a conceptual act that gives him new life.
Of great intensity are the unpublished portraits made by Mustafa Sabbagh to two albino sisters, girls of a crystalline purity who walk every day on the edge of their destabilizing whiteness (hence the title of the cycle, sub limen). In the splendid portrait of the two sisters, the corset that unites them seems to tie them even more in their bond of blood, in a framing with refined compositional rigor that blends magical realism and Flemish portraiture. Once again the Italian-Palestinian artist becomes a spokesperson with sensitivity and empathy of a canon of beauty that goes beyond the stereotype, mystifying canon of an approval that Sabbagh fights through his silent, powerful artistic gesture.
Anna Di Prospero, an artist just thirty who has already won some of the world's greatest photography awards, is present with a small anthology of works, including "Self-portrait with Eleonora", chosen by Concita De Gregorio as a cover image for his book “Chi sono io? Autoritratti, identità, reputazione” in which the famous journalist interviewed five young Italian photographers. In another work of the series "Urban self-portrait", the artist portrays herself in a poetic and evocative self-portrait in which her body "interprets" the architecture of Oscar Niemeyer's Auditorium in Ravello.
And as you well know who has had the opportunity to visit the home gallery from the real, there will be no surprises in the fair: the new works by Maurizio Camerani and Stefano Scheda, and some recent discoveries.