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Senza titolo (Alnus Aurea della Setta dei 7 S.o.S.Petti), 2013

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GAM Galleria d'Arte Moderna
a photo depicting a site-specific mixed media installation (magenta and whitish-green wall painting, 6 wooden masks, 10 ceramic leaves, 1 ceramic mask and luminous led, wooden drum and gold leaf, wooden pedestal (the root of the plant), a work-project on paper.)

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© Luigi Ontani - Courtesy GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino foto di Studio Gonella - Proprietà della Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
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Anticipating themes related to identity and gender that will have broad international dissemination in subsequent years, Luigi Ontani, since the early 1960s, has used his own body as the material through which he investigates multiple similarities and experiments with continuous disguises. In a complete union of art and life he describes himself as an “androgyne, ephebe, hermaphrodite, hybrid, Sagittarius.” Also anticipating the diffusion of the postmodern taste for citation, the catalogue from which Ontani initially draws is both the rich repertory of art history and its reiterations of Madonnas, martyrs, and heroes, and the world of literature, including his habitual reading of Italo Calvino. [...]
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