The Image of the Savage - The Exhibition
Posted on May 05 2017
This collective exhibition wants to explore the natural and wild state of the humankind through a series of photographic and graphic works by authors from various backgrounds. The show, set up at the Millepiani Gallery in Rome, is open on the 3rd of May until the 31st.
The Image of the Savage describes the big escape of the humanity from the modern world, towards a primordial dimension, in order to (re)discover its roots and itself through different “narrative sequences”: in fact, the artworks will be exhibited in three rounds, alternately rotating within the gallery for the whole duration of the show.
Overall, during the visit of this collective one can notice that the artists try to give a complex and articulated vision around two main subjects: the human beings and the nature. Starting from these two focuses that inevitably meet (or, on the contrary, collide), a solid connection is generated and proposed to the public in a huge variety of aspects, both positive and negative.
Every human being is thus identified in a remote dimension, or captured while approaching the nature, immersed in it or completely absent. The human body is often at the centre of the scene, being presented through details, or hidden, kept secret; quoting Rousseau, it is offered in its most authentic “state of nature”, directly in touch with everything around him – the earth, the sky, the water…
Aneta Vasatova "Imprinted"
Tania Benito Olaibi "Killing me Softly"
Kavan the Kid "Darkest Secrets"
Fred L'Epee "Athanasia"
From another perspective, the environmental scale gets the best of the exhibition. In this way, all the pictures, the photomontages, and the retouched compositions are useful and eloquent elements, able to describe places, lived or abandoned territories; they also illustrate panoramas and pristine landscapes or inhabited areas – sure, because the city sometimes wades through nature, requiring attention.
Thanks to an expert use of the colour, to never-left-to-chance shots and compositions, the main protagonist of every art piece is literally able to stand out at the centre of its own stage.
And frequently the artists use this concrete element as a starting point towards various themes, more abstract and globally universal. The abandonment and the isolation, as well as the memory of the places and their continuously changing identities are just a few of the traces one can follow, in order to reach the most fully appreciation of everyone’s work.
The discourse emerging from these multi-vocal choir is, obviously, a multi-layered reading: it can be very simple, immediate, resulting from a sensation or a visual contact between the observer and the artwork. But it can also be definitely more complex, as consequence of a deeper reflection on the present and the past, on the humankind and everything around him.
In any case, this exhibition is capable of conducting the visitor by the hand, guiding him through a rich and multifaceted path that – in the end – is fully complete.
Alex Valone "Diet of Worms"
Ashley Czajkowski "Pieta"
Ira Talanchuk "Repercussion"