"Cara Enfanta" is interactive installation painting dedicated to "las Meninas" by Diego Velàzques. In this work the two-dimensional surface of the famous painting has been interpreted in three dimensions by extrapolating the true protagonist of the painting The infanta Margherita. The main subject is revealed through its presence-absence, realized by the massing of fashionable dress, proceeds from the exact proportions of the Prado painting and wearable by a child of the same age of the young Princess (5-6 years). In dress, sewing in the same canvas that for centuries has been an essential element of painting and that Elisa Zardi uses cleverly as a raw support in numerous operas, are represented the female characters of the masterpiece of Velasquez, the infanta, and her bridesmaids with docile Spanish mastiff. These figures, rigorously painted in oils, appear from the bottom of the canvas as Ethereal presence, through the expressiveness of the faces and gestures of the hands. Bodily details that emerge like from one dimension to another, without space or time, evincing their wetsuits and suspended dynamics, establishing among them a mysterious and intense dialogue. In the installation, this work compared with his counterpart, a dress of the same size that instead of welcoming in texture painting itis now covered with messages, in the form of small scrolls, that the dot in all its volume, and disguising the original and virginal color. Between these two matches-length is a frame that symbolizes an invisible mirror as a door unites and separates the subject, tying them inextricably, revealing similarities and differences.In succession, in a sort of pilgrimage, viewers will come and perform one by one this step inside "the mirror", symbolically crossing one "stargate" space-time that will lead them to the inevitable confrontation with these presences. Each participant is asked to remove, in its passage, the volume of the dress up to reveal it in all its essence, manifesting, so, its pure and untouched truth. the work is "stripped" of words and concepts written, like a tree that gives its fruits to donate them to the world, that will enrich those who will use the message-seed, which in turn will sprout as a new experience.
Saturday 6 August 2016, from 6 pm, at the Paola Raffo Arte Contemporanea gallery in Pietrasanta, the presentation of the Thirteen number of the BAU magazine Container of Contemporary Culture will be presented, produced in Viareggio by the BAU Association, with an introduction by Maurizio Marco Stocky. The Dress Codex - contemporary urgencies exhibition will also be inaugurated as a magazine that can be visited until 21 August.
In this context, starting at 9.30 pm, the work of Elisa Zadi "Cara Enfanta" will be proposed, a pictorial-interactive installation curated by Marco Palamidessi which debuted last February at the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato, in an evening dedicated to the memory of its president Valdemaro Beccaglia.
"Cara Enfanta" is presented as a performative path in which each viewer is called to participate by interacting directly with the work. The latter, dedicated to Diego Velázquez's masterpiece "Las Meninas", shows the central figure of Enfanta Margherita reconstructed three-dimensionally through her dress, which is physically placed in front of her double by means of an imaginary mirror, a symbolic door and ideally space time that the public is invited to cross in an engaging and suggestive path. The Enfanta is revealed through its presence-absence, sensed by the volume of the elegant dress, obtained from the exact proportions of the Prado painting and sewn into that same canvas that Elisa Zadi wisely uses as a raw support in numerous works. Here the main female characters of Velázquez's masterpiece are represented, the Infanta and the two bridesmaids, in the company of the docile Spanish mastiff. These figures, rigorously painted in oil, appear from the bottom of the rough canvas as ethereal presences, as bodily details that emerge from another dimension, without space or time, manifesting their mute and suspended dynamics, establishing an intense and mysterious conversation between them. In the installation, this work is compared with its counterpart, a dress of the same features that instead of welcoming the painting into the plot is now covered with messages in the form of small applied scrolls, which dot it throughout its volume, masking its original and virginal color. Between these two dress-presences there is a frame that simulates a mirror: in succession, as in a sort of pilgrimage, the spectators will be able to approach and make the passage one by one inside the invisible "mirror", crossing a "stargate" which it will lead to the inevitable confrontation with these figures. Each participant will remove one of the applied messages, and so in succession all the others, gradually undressing the volume of the dress to reveal it in all its essence, thus manifesting its pure and intact truth. The work is "stripped" of written words and concepts, like a tree that renounces its fruits to give them to the world, which will enrich those who collect the message-seed, which in turn can sprout as a new experience.
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