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25/05/2017 - LUCA PIGNATELLI: ’Persepoli. Riflessi di un residuo’ - an exhibition

Starting on 12 May, the exhibition by Luca Pignatelli Persepoli. Riflessi di un residuo, curated by Elena Lydia Scipioni, will be held in the Sala Sinopoli of La Fenice Opera House. The title refers to a work on show at the exhibition which, together with Lotta (2017) produced specifically for this occasion, represents an evolution of the poetics of the residual which, as reconsidered discard, is part of the experimentation performed by Luca Pignatelli in many works produced over his long career. For the first time the artist uses a Persian carpet and a European tapestry. These textiles, partially worn by the passage of time and altered by the artist’s intervention, have been chosen for their aesthetic characteristics and for the possibilities they can offer.

The artist has impressed upon these textiles images belonging to classical statuary, and has acted on them with minute operations aimed at balancing weights and measures and abstract and figurative elements, almost as if he were seeking an ancient bond in the depths of the blue. Through stratifications and layerings, the artist suggests original associations which are then recomposed differently in the mind of the observer, generating new frames of reference and food for thought.

Persepoli also harks back to the ancient and never-seen splendours of a city, the remains of which are those that have survived the ravages of the elements and of man over many centuries. In the comprehension of Luca Pignatelli’s work the geographical location of Persepolis is marginal but not incidental. After New York and Pompeii – and this time to the East – it marks another point on the vast map of the iconic references that the artist draws on. If New York is the epitome of magnitude and the result of human vision, if Pompeii is the still image of a tragedy, and at the same time the subsequent and eternal moment, then Persepolis represents another step in the complex attempt to comprehend different images and cultures, in other words to hold them in the mind. No attempt at provocation, therefore, but merely at comprehension, and the opportunity for an exchange of views in this very city, Venice, which was historically a cultural crossroads, and in this marvellous site of the Teatro La Fenice which has risen so splendidly from its ashes after the great fire.

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