Behind the appearances, "beyond appearances" is the new exhibition that ERPAC - Regional Cultural Heritage Body of Friuli Venezia Giulia is proposing at the Luigi Spazzapan Regional Gallery of Contemporary Art in Gradisca d’Isonzo.
Dedicated to an artistic expressiveness that combines the human body, nature and artifice, the exhibition will open on July 15 at 6 pm with a selection of works, some unpublished, by Vera Lehndorff and Holger Trülzsch, artists who, through photography, put in the first place plan the question of reflecting beyond appearances, in fact, behind the appearances.
The exhibition is structured in several sections corresponding to the many cycles and themes treated by the artists: Nature, Performances, Oxydations, Paros, Spetse and Peterskirchen. It is a long work that kicks off in the 1970s, when every pattern of habits had been largely overcome in favor of a more extensive aesthetic, which had not only gone beyond the picture, but had entered daily life, in the environment, in what surrounds us.
Through photography, the two artists work on the act of showing themselves; and they do so with images of a woman's body in relation to different situations. The peculiarity of these photos lies in the fact that they document an action aimed at the body, which becomes an alternative communication tool, painted and manipulated to be inserted and camouflaged with nature and the surrounding environment.
The fact that Vera Lehndorff was one of the most famous models on an international level - everyone remembers her as the famous Veruschka from Antonioni's Blow Up - leads to reflection on the duality between pose and naturalness, between appearing and disappearing. An exhibition whose themes linked to nature appear in consonance with the current times characterized by the pandemic crisis; a crisis to which art can provide suggestions for new interpretative and existential models.