- Luogo: IL PONTE CONTEMPORANEA - SHOWCASE
- Indirizzo: Via Giuseppe Acerbi 31A 00154 - Roma - Lazio
- Quando: dal 08/01/2020 - al 08/02/2020
- Vernissage: 08/01/2020 ore 18,30
- Generi: arte contemporanea, personale
On January 8, 2020, Galleria Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition “Exquisite Corpse: I loved you more” by the Australian artist Maree Azzopardi, as part of the ‘ONE’ series in collaboration with curator Achille Bonito Oliva. The exhibition of photographs printed on linen and embroidered with gold thread has been organized with the patronage of the Australian Embassy in Rome.
The exhibition Exquisite Corpse is entirely a work of mourning. It follows the death of the artist’s father
Azzopardi’s photographs portray dead birds on the sand. While alive, birds span the two realms of material earth and nebulous sky. They act as conduits between. The earth is the realm of the flesh and the sky is the realm of the spirit. These dead bird bodies are sky-borne beings repatriated to the earth. Spirit collapsed back on its flesh. Death into dust.
Tiny sections are picked out in embroidered gold thread. They impart preciousness, the same way that gilding frescoes gives them a shimmering radiance.
Among the works are some that depict Maree Azzopardi’s father in his grave clothes. After his death and burial in Australia, the artist’s journey with these works retraces in reverse the emigrant voyage her father once took. Among the Maltese diaspora is a heart-sickness of living between two worlds. It affects foreign-born children even more than their migrant parents. Between two places, there is nothing but turbulence. But in the shamanistic promise that two realms may be bridged, Azzopardi finds a release.
The artist-as-shaman, Maree Azzopardi, has formed a conduit between two worlds. Her father’s flesh is buried in Australian soil. But with these images and this exhibition, she is repatriating his spirit to the land of his birth. Maree Azzopardi is bringing her dead father home.