LAC Contemporary art, Milan
LAC Contemporary art, Milan
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Dipartimento di Storia delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo dell’Università degli Studi di Milano
FACCIA A FACCIA (Face to Face) – The Liceo Artistico Statale Caravaggio, January 2010, was the third part of a project started in March 2006 with a workshop of students from the History of Art, Music and Theatre faculty of the Università degli Studi in Milan. The result was the production of a video installation that was later shown in the University’s Multi-Media Library. The students were asked to take an active part in the project, to find themselves alter egos and turn up with them on the day of the shoot. The pairs were invited to face each other and play at “who will laugh first, staring straight into each others eyes”: they were filmed “face to face” other until the first burst of laughter.
In the final installation portraits of the various pairs were put together to form a single bigger portrait made up of all the faces of the participants captured during the moment of tension preceding the laughter.
Marta Dell’Angelo was born in Pavia. She lives and works in Milan. She began working as an artist after meeting Plinio De Martiis in 1999. The main subject of her work is the human body, stripped of any biographical/existential and anthropological narrative or personal citations. In 2002 she won the Premio New York, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with Columbia University. Her work has been shown in the exhibitions Twenty Years of the Gallery, at the Monika Spruth Gallery and Colonia e Solitudes, at the Michel Rein Gallery in Paris; in Milan she showed her Classe III H, at the Case d’Arte gallery and took part in Assab One, held at Assab One, the exhibition curated by Roberto Pinto. In 2005 she took part in the special Beyond the Ego project for the Moscow Biennale. In the same year she took part in the exhibition Aperto per Lavori in corso, curated by Francesca Pasini at the PAC in Milan. In 2006 she exhibited at the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Monfalcone in the Painting Codes exhibition curated by Alessandra Galasso and made her Faccia a Faccia video, which was shown at the Multi-Media Library at the Università Statale in Milan. In 2007 her book Manuale della Figura Umana was published, she exhibited some works in the Mulher, Mulheres exhibition curated by Adelina Von Fürstenberg at the SESC in San Paulo in Brazil, Timer-Intimacy at the Triennale Bovisa in Milan and created the Tutt’apposto? project in collaboration with the artist Mika Rottenberg, in the Multi-Media section of the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense in Milan. In 2008 some of her work was included in the exhibition Peripheral Vision and Collective Body, at the Museion in Bolzano and Body Work at the Le Case d’Arte Gallery in Milan; she exhibited a project for wallpaper at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Madrid; she held an art and neurosciences workshop for children, together with Ludovica Lumer, at the Festival della Mente in Sarzana; she showed one of her videos in Arte vs Porno. Pretesti erotici da Italia e Finlandia, curated by Elisa Del Prete at the Gender Bender Festival of Bologna. In 2009 she won the Premio Icaro for her label for Insa wine and she took part in the exhibition Direction at the Palazzo Gallery in Brescia; for her personal show Art for the World at the Open Care in Milan, she exhibited the huge painting (2x9m) La Prua, and the performance Conversazione Milano 2009; she was invited to the International Contemporary Art Biennial in Tirana, Albania, curated by Corinne Disseren for 3rd Episode – The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame where she showed a piece of work inspired by her book Manuale della figura umana and the performance Conversazione Tirana 2009. In September 2009, together with Ludovica Lumer, she published C’e’ da perderci la testa, come scoprire il cervello attraverso l’arte (Laterza) an interactive book for children. In November of the same year she presented Antologia delle posizioni, a personal exhibition held at Le Case d’Arte in Milan.
Texts by Ermanno Cristini, Simona Squadrito, Rossella Moratto