May 26, 2017 by Staff
Iginio De Luca | Riso Amaro
Ten Years of Blitz
Curated by Claudio Libero Pisano
Opening reception on Wednesday, June 14 2017 at 6:30pm
Open to the public until July 14, 2017
On Wednesday, 14th June 2017, at 6:30pm, AlbumArte inaugurates the exhibition Riso Amaro. Dieci anni di blitz by Iginio De Luca, curated by Claudio Libero Pisano. (Bitter Rice. Ten Years of blitz, where ‘Riso’ also means ‘laugh’ in Italian).
The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until July 14th, records the numerous artistic, performative, political and sarcastic blitz that Iginio De Luca has produced and realized over the last ten years.
The blitz, or incursions, always organized without a prearranged public and without notice, address characters and/or places that symbolize power, such as Pope Ratzinger, several politicians, the dome of St. Peter, the Quirinale Square and Palazzo Chigi, as well as issues related to the streets of Rome. De Luca’s blitz are not just simple goliardic gestures or superficial theatrical raids, but rather poetic incursions that express a political stance on social denunciation.
Starting from political, social and cultural issues, the artistic actions clearly recount the history of the last decade of our country, to draw attention to the fact that much of what has been criticized by the artist himself still remains unchanged today.
The meticulous nature of the preparation and execution of the blitz is accompanied by the thoughtful and attentive content of the artist’s work. The title of the show reflects the poetics featuring in Iginio De Luca’s blitz: laughter can be both liberating and bitter yet remains a necessity.
The exhibition will feature photos, videos, materials and sound installations of the blitz, creating an exciting and engaging atmosphere for the spectator, who will find himself immersed in a vibrant and stimulating environment.
The exhibition does not follow a chronological order, but rather allows the visitor to create his own meaning through videos, sounds, photos and installations that form a unique site specific in the space of AlbumArte.
In autumn, AlbumArte will present the book/catalogue of the exhibition.
The project has received the patronage of the Assessorato alla Cultura del Municipio II (Department for Culture of the 2nd Municipality) of Roma Capitale
Iginio De Luca
Born in Formia on August 21st 1966. He lives in both Rome and Turin, teaching Decoration and Multimedia Installations at the Academy of Fine Arts in Frosinone (RM). He is a multifaceted artist: a musician, an actor, a visual artist. He makes videos, installations, and performances. In recent years, his work has focused mainly on the productions of videos, photographic images, and on what he calls blitz. Lying somewhere in between urban art and performance, blitz features elements of great disturbance and visual impact. Hybridizing with ethics and aesthetics, technology and behavioral actions, De Luca stresses the interaction between the environment and the public, denouncing the crisis of values of our time with both irony and commitment. His design and consequent methodological and operational choices have always been characterized by the use of multiple linguistic registers. The common denominator is the need to break down securities and codes of formal expression, deceiving reality and surprising spectators from behind. The artist sews a delicate equilibrium between different signs of nature. The task of the audience is to decode this web through active participation and responses to questions that cannot be eluded. Although operating on many fields, Iginio De Luca develops a consistent and solid body of work. The artist took part in several personal and collective exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.
All the blitz
1- “Nculo vaffa”(Off Fuck), 2006, spray paint on electoral manifesto, via Marco Polo, Rome.
2-“Silvio c’hai rotto li gommoni”(Silvio you’re breaking our gums), 2010, tourist plane flying over the Latium coastline.
3-“Il Papa macchiato” (The stained Pope), 2010, projection of Pope Ratzinger’s image on historical and sacred places of Rome.
4-“Lavami”(Wash me), 2010, laser beam on the dome of St. Peter, Rome.
5-“Pastore a Montecitorio”(Shepherd at Montecitorio), 2010, video projection on Palazzo Chigi and sound intervention, Rome.
6-“Brand”, 2011, video projection of “ECC” logo on shop windows of Via Condotti, Rome
7-“Stiamo lavorando per noi”(We are working for us), 2011, acoustic intervention inside “house of memory”, San Lorenzo, Rome.
8-“Le voci di dentro”(The voices within), 2011, video projection on the Cosenza Wing at the GNAM, Rome.
9-“Farsa Italia GRA”(Farce Italy GRA), 2011, tourist plane flying over the GRA, Rome.
10-“Ladro lui ladra lei”(He thief She thief), 2012, video projection of Luigi Zampa’s movies on the building of Regione Lazio, Rome.
11-“Monumento al panino”(Monument to the sandwich), 2013, giant sandwich positioned in Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome.
12-“Italia for sale”, 2013, retouched electoral manifestos of Monti, several areas of Rome.
13-“Farsa Italia, via crucis”(Farce Italy, via crucis), 2013, parade along the Imperial Forums with maxi banner, Rome.
14-“ Ca Maronn c’accumpagn”(May the grace of Mary be with you), 2013, launching of two giant dice in front of the Quirinale palace, Rome.
15-“Vota Paolo Uccello”(Vote for Paolo Uccello), 2014, billposting of 10 maxi electoral manifestos in key venues of power and art, Rome.
16-“L’appeso”(The hangman), 2014, retouched electoral manifesto of Alfano, via Colombo, Rome.
17-“L’orfano”(The orphan), 2014, video projection on the exterior walls of MACRO’s venues, Rome.
18-“L’inchino”(The bow), 2014, billposting of 10 maxi manifestos in key venues of power, Rome.
19-“Villa Sciatta”(Villa Sloppy), 2014, application of a marble slab on Villa Sciarra, Rome.
20-“Miracolo”(Miracle), 2014, pictorial intervention on the cheeks of the Mary of Monteverde Vecchio, Rome.
21-“Cygnus”, 2014, intervention on potholes in 20 different places in Rome.
22-“Impara l’arte e non metterla da parte”(Learn the art and don’t put it apart), 2015, performance on the stairs of the Ministry of Public Education, Rome.
23-“Venghino Siori, venghino”(Come one, come all), 2016, intervention with megaphone and sailing truck in front of the National Gallery, Rome.
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