On the occasion of Rome Art Week 2019, the week of contemporary art in Rome, Palazzo Merulana presents “Ragazze", a solo show by Lucianella Cafagna, curated by Marco Di Capua.
The exhibition is part of the program of the 14th edition of the Rome Film Festival.
"Ragazze" is an anthology of Lucianella Cafagna. The Roman artist has worked for twenty years on the theme of adolescence, focusing in particular on the archetypal figure of the nymph-maiden, in the history of art as well as in the psychology of the deep.
Its characteristics of ambiguity, being between the human and the divine, make nymph a being that escapes the constraints and stereotypes in which we continually try to close it, but also the symbol of that mysterious beauty full of pathos that is of transitional.
Nymph like the cherry blossom, incarnation of that unknowing mono, of that sense of nostalgia, which introduces into the feeling of beauty the depth of time, the sense of difficulty of its solitude.
Cafagna wants to celebrate this figure in its contemporary declination, dedicating its work to all the brave new Antigones that have appeared on the scene for some years.
In fact, Antigone has always protected the symbol of the struggle against power, of the solitary and romantic rebellion against the university of a tyrant.
"From pussies to the girl who reads the constitution in front of the Russian army, from Malala to Eddi the guerrilla that went to defend the Kurdish experiment from the fundamentalists, from Greta, to the girl lived in the trees, to all the" captains ". It is a totally new figure and full of hope, "explains Cafagna.
Lucianella Cafagna was born in Rome in 1968. She studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and spent an apprenticeship in the studio of Pierre Carron, a pupil of Balthus, an experience that ended with a collective exhibition at the Grand Palais . In 2011, he participated in the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion and in 2014 he has a voice in his name in the Treccani Encyclopedia, where he is numbered among the twenty most relevant contemporary artists on the Italian scene. His work has been affiliated with the Magic Realism of the Roman School. It is represented in Rome by the RvB Arts contemporary art gallery.