The MLB Maria Livia Brunelli proposes this year at ArtVerona the absolute novelty of two of the most appreciated photographers on the national territory: Silvia Camporesi and Anna Di Prospero. Silvia Camporesi presents a series of unpublished works of the "Mirabilia" project, a mapping of special places, wonders of nature, bizarre constructions, unusual museums. Inspired by the landscapes of Courbet, the artist has sought, through a careful selection on the Italian territory, spectacular natural scenery and often little known, which enchant for their intense poetry. From the Orbetello mill immersed in the magical atmosphere of the sea that surrounds it, to the astonishing "Vie cave", in the Maremma, very high corridors dug into the tuff of Etruscan origin. This last work, of great dimensions, required the artist a particular dedication: it was printed first in black and white and then colored with great patience with the pastels of various shades of brown and green: a manual intervention that moves the photography towards the limits of painting, subtracting it from reproducibility and making it a unique object.
Great expectations also for the new works by Anna Di Prospero, an artist of just thirty years that is enjoying continuous successes: on show in preview in Verona three unpublished works of the cycle dedicated to the theme of cruises, in which the artist is photographed in very suggestive self-portraits among the deserted spaces of the large cruise ships, turning into fairy-tale and surreal scenarios, places usually teeming with humanity. Many will recognize the image that has been chosen as the symbol of the great exhibition on female photography just ended at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, "L'altra sguardo. Italian photographers 1965-2018", which portrays the artist in Central Park in New York, along with two other evocative works of the same series. In these photographs, the artist, always on his shoulders, wears a red dress that has become his style: we find it in the commissioned series and subsequently acquired by the Palazzo Ducale of Mantua (as the winner of "Level0" "ArtVerona award in 2017 ), where the slim and sinuous figure of Anna relates to the splendid frescoed spaces of the Gonzaga residence.
Alongside these two promises of photography, we find works of a great name such as Mario Cresci, the undisputed beacon of artistic experimentation in Italy: the interior evanescent and self-portraits of Barbarano Romano of the seventies and the suspended atmospheres of Martina Franca, two vintage extraordinary in which it seems to perceive the metaphysical silences of the village, whose objects are symbolized as the socks hung on the windows or the white stairs leading to the doors of the houses. Also on show are some works from the series "D'Après Retablo", born from the charm of Sicilian nature: the artist starts from elements that characterize the landscape of the island, like cacti and volcanoes, to elaborate unpublished images through free research and play of magical signs, of the dimension of the non-visible.
Also of great impact are the new rotating black works by Marcello Carrà, all made with the Bic pen and immersed in water: the artist has encapsulated three drawings in special frames and, through a double glass, he inserted a precise amount of water with a black dye. The works are rotatable because they are fixed to the wall by means of a special bracket. Each has a double design that turns out only turning it upside down, moving the inked water so that the viewer chooses a "version", also depending on the mood. Do not fail to amaze even a gigantic work of Flemish inspiration, full of meticulous details, which is equivalent only to the eight meter grasshopper created by the artist a few years ago for "madness".
Stefano Card presents instead a very evocative image in which a canvas depicting a black woman dressed in traditional clothes floats in crystalline waters: its iconic verticality refers to the sacredness of an African idol, as if it were a ritual sacrifice entrusted to the waters. An ode to the precariousness that unites all religions and ethnic groups.
Ketty Tagliatti is presented in place of one of her most fascinating works, a large rose made with an infinite number of intertwined and sewn threads, which, overlaid, create the suggestion of the petals: a work that explicitly recalls informal art, Spatialist spirals of the fifties, which are, beyond the figurative reference, the true inspiring motive of this reserved and secluded artist, who loves the slow gestures of repeated and cathartic gestures.
Finally, Stefano Bombardieri surprises us with an impressive classical bust with marble veins, which, however, to the touch shows its true nature: it was made of polyurethane foam, so in reality, it is very light.