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About Me

Posted on April 12 2018

 

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Author Silvia Colombo
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The title chosen for this collective exhibition, accessible during the whole month of April within Millepiani space in Rome, is clear and evocative at the same time. It is a reference to an ‘hypothetical me’, that suggests the prevailing use of the portrait or self-portrait, according to the situation. This time, though, painting and sculpture will give way to other techniques, such as photography and digital art.
The artists, who will cyclically exhibit their artworks in the exhibition space (from 4 to 12, from 13 to 22 and from 23 to 30 April 2018) after an accurate selection, will show to the public their preferences and styles.
Being the portrait a sensitive theme, because it is mostly personal and intimate, showing to other people the ‘authentic, true self’ portrayed in the images, the visitors will deal with a wide range of personal revelations.

In general, however, the idea implied by most of the artists is the eternal contradiction between two opposite poles of (un)attraction. For some of them portraits are means to highlight our individuality, on the background of an uncharacterized collectivity: focusing on ourselves (self-portrait) or on a specific face or body, is instrumental to a better understanding of our individuality. The artists can mark a border around their subjects, giving them importance, giving them space, and study their relations with a collective identity at once.
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Tianqi Song, Cub#3, 2017 │ Buy it
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Hung Ching-yan, FIon, To Be Used Someday, 2016 │ Buy it
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Milad Karamooz, Self Portrait, 2017Buy it
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Amir Iavon, Not From Here Not From There, 2017Buy it
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Some other times, they choose to represents faces and bodies as testimonies of peculiar economic, social and sexual conditions. Every artist, this way, becomes a storyteller of a common history and a private story about war, journeys, politics, gender and empowerment. Open scenes, as well as details, merge themselves together into the same narratives, into the same world - the one we live in.
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In the end, since everyone of us is shaped according to the happenings of life, the exhibition focuses on a dualistic process that inevitably affects our body: the one portraying (physical and mental) illness and healing. Because if we fight and demonise taboos and stereotypes we can (at least try to) improve ourselves and the others.
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Jordan Gale, Man Holding a Fence, 2017 │ Buy it
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Millie Benson, Holding the Space July 17, 2017 12:00 AM, 2017  │ Buy it
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Alberto Vadim Guardián Sedano, Eros 1, 2014Buy it
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Ashley Feagin, Baptism, 2014 │ Buy it
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