Elio Mazzacane

Palazzo Casotti
30 April - 8 June 2008
A portrait of mermaids inspired by a novel. This is the subject of Sirene, by Laura Pugno. These are suggestions of and insights into underwater nature that allow us to see – and capture in photography – what does not (yet) exist. These images are dominated by fleeting movement, by the light of underwater shadows and by the colour blue. We glimpse the light on the surface from under the water. In Sirene, a mermaid is not only a mystery: it is also flesh that is bred and that undergoes the cruelty inflicted on animals that are not part of myth. This cruelty is translated into red images that speak of the sufferings of a human-non human (or too human?) body. Behind this evasive, alien body is the truly human and above all female body that Laura Pugno’s work describes as threatened by a mysterious “black cancer” that eats away the skin. The body is covered with white ceruse, the only protective substance, until the final phases of the illness, the white skin that precedes death. The works make us part of an environment where we see with the eyes of a mermaid.
This photographic research project on the theme Umano troppo umano (Human, Too Human) together with projects by Bruno Cattani, Benedetta Alfieri, Jarno Zaffelli, Fabio Donato, Nicola Vinci, Vanni Codeluppi and Patrizio Esposito enhances and completes the exhibitions on offer at Fotografia Europea 2008.

Thursday 1 May at 11.00 - Palazzo Casotti - Elio Mazzacane is going to meet the public
Palazzo Casotti
piazza Casotti - Reggio Emilia
tel. +39 0522 451152 or 456249

Opening 30 April at 18.00
1 May - 4 May 10.00 to 23.00
6 May - 8 June: Mon-Fri 18.00 to 23.00, Sat-Sun 10.00 to 23.00  
Single ticket for all exhibitions 10 €, except the Steichen exhibition for which tickets can be bought from Palazzo Magnani and the Cloisters of San Domenico. Concessions 7 € (for students, TCI, CTS, AIB members, Reggio Emilia Young Peoples’ Card, over 65s and visitors to the Steichen exhibition at Palazzo Magnani and the Cloisters of San Domenico). Free for visitors under 12, school students, the disabled and their companions, journalists and ICOM members. On 1st May and 2nd June, free for residents of the Borough of Reggio Emilia. 24th May – free tickets for the ‘white night’ event.

Ecosistema marino - Underwater # 02
© Elio Mazzacane

Ecosistema marino - Sirene # 01
© Elio Mazzacane

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