Giusy Pirrotta / Elisa Strinna
Tanto tempo fa, quando la terra
era piatta

(Long ago, when the Earth was flat)

Galleria Massimodeluca

January 9, 2014

17 January–28 February 2014

Opening: Thursday 16 January 2014, 7pm

Galleria Massimodeluca
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Curated by Alice Ginaldi

La Galleria Massimodeluca kicks off the 2014 season with a unique exhibition: Tanto tempo fa, quando la terra era piatta (Long ago, when the Earth was flat), a double solo show featuring Giusy Pirrotta and Elisa Strinna, curated by Alice Ginaldi (from 17 January to 28 February 2014, opening Thursday 16 January 2014, 7pm).

The two young artists, whose work follows very different paths and expression, will be showing two specific and independent installations, which have been specially conceived and created for the exhibition.   

The title of the exhibition Tanto tempo fa, quando la terra era piatta has been directly borrowed from the children’s’ book of the same title published in 1979 by Emme Edizioni, written by Paolo Caboara and illustrated by Aimone Sambuy with the contribution of graphics by Bruno Munari, the book is a collection of three African legends which tell the story of how the mountains were born, the history of the sun and the discovery of fire. Each tale tells, in its own way, a subject common to all mythologies: the mysterious connection between the earthly and the heavenly. In a similar vein the exhibition will develop a two-way dialogue on landscape and its interpretation, which is so inextricably linked to human perception. The aesthetic translation of landscape for Giusy Pirrotta thus becomes a deconstruction of colour spectrums, shapes and memories, while for Elisa Strinna it is the linguistic recodification of time through the natural material filtered through the “artificial” sound code. 

More specifically, Giusy Pirrotta will create a project which examines light and its composition through the additive colours of red, green and blue in a composite installation. “For the last year the artist has turned her attention towards a considered reflection which takes as its starting point the concept of moving image, its perceptive genesis, to then stage optic-light experiments,” explains Alice Ginaldi, curator. “In its attempt to give the elusiveness of video back its objectual and structuralist significance, Pirotta’s work is particularly focused on its relation with architecture and with equipment used for its viewing.”

Elisa Strinna will be introducing her new work Articolazioni oltre il linguaggio. La materia, il suo ritmo e le sue declinazioni (Utterances beyond language. The subject, its rhythm and its declensions), which mainly involves two pieces which dialogue within a single space. “Both interventions are attempts at translation,” says Ginaldi, “the idea is to compare and contrast two different testimonies which result from differing historical processes: that of Nature and that of Mankind. The exhibition will consist of a sonoric reading of unusual texts which will activate different sensory perceptions of the same phenomenon in the attempt to produce new ways to interpret the world around us.”