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Study for a Commemorative Batik: assimilating Arnold, evicting Emmett mergint into Neue Expressionismus - Limited Edition 5 of 10 Print

Pierfabrizio Paradiso


Printmaking, Digital on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Size: 196.9 W x 23.6 H x 0 D in

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This work questions the unclear attitude of western and post-colonial visual culture towards the african issue. On background composed by a pattern which recalls the Toile de Jouy (a pattern usually implied by Indians and imported by Dutch colonialism to West) in its colours and the Harlem streetmap in its form, Emmett Till’s face alternates with Arnold’s one: Emmett’s face is represented by the pictorial transfiguration of Dana Schutz’s painting “Open Casket”, instead Arnold’s face is represented by the Stencil realized by the street-artisti ZIbe. They both recalls two diametrically opposed existences of a black guy in western culture: on one hand a young black boy, who is saved from his destiny in the Ghetto by the white supremacist capitalist businessman who tried to turn him into ax exemplar Manhattan boy, on the other hand anothe young black boy, slaughtered by the latent American conformist racism. Schtuz’s painting has been long argued during the Withney Biennal in 2017: this work provoqued the reaction of many afro-american artists, among whom Parker Bright, who stood in front of the paintig wearing a t-shirt with the printing: “Black Death Spectacle”. At this point we can quesion ourselves about how and accorind to which ways of expressions the western culture absorbs and throws racial issues up and how it includes and refuses the differences at the same time. 2017 Digital Print on Cotton Banner

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Printmaking:Digital on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric)

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1

Size:196.9 W x 23.6 H x 0 D in

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Artist and Performer, he lives and works between Milan and Berlin. He has been performer for artists such as Lothar Hempel (Giò Marconi, Milan), Ei Arakawa (Artissima17, Sec. "The Dancers") and now for the company Signa (Copenhagen/Volksbühne, Berlin) He attended the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera and he got an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies in Naba; he has been Tutor for Projects for the department of Visual Arts. He took part also as professor's partner in activities and classes for Fenomenology of Comparative Arts in master of Light and Landscape Design within the Academy and for the class of Last Tendencies in Visual Arts with Art curator Marcella Anglani. He has been coordinator project and belongs to Trama21 - Research Group for Contemporary Art. He took part at the 12° International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia with Maria Papadimitriou in the the project "awaytogrow" inside the National Pavilion of Greece. The aim of his research is to enact the everyday as something unexpected, reconsidering the blank as a space of possibility for a common construction of a new Imagery, where no artists and no spectators are called to play defined roles but everything happens as an Exchange.

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