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Milk Revolution

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The Gold Revolution performance, part of a revision of the video Oro [Gold] (2011) and the subsequent performance Gold (2011). In Oro the artist was going back in time and history. What resurfaced, was the complex scope of the thought system of esotericism and alchemy, which combines scientific research and yearning for salvation. The idea of a possible spiritual development of man was associated with an element of absolute symbolic value, gold. Like alchemists believed in the recurrence of four historical eras, the Age of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron, so the artist expressed the conviction of an organic and cyclical nature of an imminent transition from the contemporary Iron Age to a new Golden Age. Now, three hawks fly freely around the library, turning it into a disturbing and uncertain environment, imbued with a tangible sense of decadence and catastrophe. On the rea- ding tables, a few history books on the subject of revolution and liberation, chosen by Stefania Tutino (AAR 2014, Professor and As- sociate Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, UCLA) and some poems by Roman authors chosen by Laura Cingolani (a Roman poet). o
 
 
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Gold Revolution, site specific performance for Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, 2015
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Gold Revolution, site specific performance for Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, 2015
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Gold Revolution, site specific performance for Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, 2015
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Gold Revolution, site specific performance for Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library, 2015
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Solfato di Rame [Copper Sulphate] – the second part of Francesca Grilli’s project related to the Gold Revolution performance – consists of four iron slabs, which simulate the walls of a cage and evoke, through the soft-wax technique, the constrained movement of an animal while trying to escape. The work, associated with the free flight of the three hawks around the library, reflects on the double meaning of liberation and constraint. The act of freeing animals within the premises of an in- stitution alludes to the need to integrate the new, break the rules, leave room for the free and irrepressible thought that culture car- ries: through the uncontrolled flitting and presence of the animal, we are compelled to abandon the old for the new.
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Solfato di rame – CuSO4, 2015
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Solfato di rame – CuSO4, 2015
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Solfato di rame – CuSO4, 2015
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Gold Revolution, 2015
Performance, 3 falcons, 14 text on revolution, 7 poems by: Laura Cingolani, Sara Davidovics, Fabio Lapiana, Marco Giovenale, Tommaso Ottonieri, Jonida Prifti, Jennifer Scappettone. 
 
Solfato di rame – CuSO4, 2015
Soft wax on iron plate, 60 x 80 cm each
 
Production: Stamperia dell’Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, Roma
Coproduction: American Academy in Rome
 
 
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