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Credit image: L'Illusione dell'Ego - pages 20,5 x 28,5 cm - extracted from the notebook of Rosalorenza

Mapping Ego

22 July – 30 August, 2024

A journey through identity

Rossocinabro is pleased to present the exhibition Mapping Ego, an engaging exploration of the current artistic landscape through the works of international artists. Curated by Cristina Madini, the exhibition features a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, and video. The works on display reflect one of the main contemporary themes: identity. 

The most bothersome and dangerous thing today is having an immutable identity, as there is the risk it will become obsolete. This risk has become the mother of postmodern fears, inadequacy.

In this era, the phenomenon of identity is very ambiguous, following highly fragmented and continuously evolving paths. It is never completely still, but always in constant transformation.

Identity reveals itself to us solely as something that must be invented, rather than discovered; as the goal reached through effort, an objective, something worth fighting for and then protected through further struggles. However, the fragility and status of perpetual provisionality of identity can no longer be concealed.

For an artist, giving shape to one’s thoughts means discovering the meaning of one’s life. Thought transforms into the simple expression of an autobiography. Feeling one’s personality as an enigma or as a tool of revelation can help to elevate and transcend oneself.

What is striking about this exhibition is realising that artists today don’t limit themselves to self portraits, to the portrayal of single images of oneself, but they feel the need to give a theme to the whole process of their research or to the definition of their identity through different means.They express, through different languages, the mappings of being, the layers of consciousness, the architectures of the ego. Their works become bodily folds and luminosity that highlight the deceptive play of appearances. The search for identity as uprooting, stepping out of the deck, being different and thus unique.

Artists: Nino Balkhamishvili, Mariana Branco, Preeti & Prashant Chacko, Christopher Evans, Fadiese, Michael Ferrell, Elena Furgal, Jean-Marie Guyaux,  Stephen Harper, Chia-Yen Ho, John, Ki Yeun Kim, Ian Kingsford-Smith, Rebeccah Klodt, Fiona Livingstone, Marcus Luconi, Paul Scott Malone, Bobby Austin Mowbray,  Pirjo Partanen,  Sal Ponce Enrile, Gayle Printz, Inita Sabanska, Miyako Shimizu, Vicki Svedrell, Tamara Sweere, Torsten THONTRA Trantow, Josefina Temin, Hiroshi Wada, Junzhong Zhao.

What is striking about this exhibition is realising that artists today don’t limit themselves to self portraits, to the portrayal of single images of oneself, but they feel the need to give a theme to the whole process of their research or to the definition of their identity through different means.

Cristina Madini

curator

Mimicry In Stone- 31.5 x 39.8” (80x100cm) by Marcus Luconi
L'Illusione dell'Ego - pages 20,5 x 28,5 cm - extracted from the notebook of Rosalorenza

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