To Dream, to Collect


Silvia Celeste Calcagno

1974 Italy

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  • About the Artist
Silvia Celeste Calcagno was born in Genoa in 1974. She lives and works in Albissola (Savona). In on of her series, we see the work of a dentist, an unnecessarily sadistic dentist, of course, as is to be expected (in our library of films, we have moved from the horror shelves to the thriller section, and we have found Marathon Man). But then, fascinated by abhorrence, we look more closely, and we discover that those dilators, tubes and tools have an aesthetic logic: doubly aesthetic, in that they are seductively insinuating (looking down the row of DVDs, one’s gaze stops at Dead Ringers, which brings gynaecology to new heights), and at the same time necessary to maintain the beauty of a mouth. The most invasive of all orthodontic equipment therefore has the same function as lipstick, and the saliva extracted by the tubes is equally erotic as that of kisses

Works by Silvia Celeste Calcagno

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