To Dream, to Collect


Viasaterna is pleased to present, the first solo exhibition of Elena Ricci (Rome, 1973), Who by fire, with a selection of works made with different painting techniques that originates from the photographic fragments.

Who by fire is the title of a song by Leonard Cohen, inspired by an ancient Jewish liturgical poem that, like the homonymous painting in the exhibition, “it narrates the precariousness of the human condition with respect to the violence of a blazing fire that explodes in the landscape making nature no longer physiological and organic, but a metaphysical cosmology ", as suggested by Fabio Carnaghi in his critical essay. Ricci begins her work with this human investigation, collecting photographs of war archives or found by chance from unknown authors of the first half of the 20th century. Their subjects are de-contextualized and offered through painting as archetypes and symbols that draw on the sphere of myth, solitary figures of shamans, soldiers, living beings in a constant sway between the real and the magical world.


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