Curated by: Simona Antonacci
On the occasion of the celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante's death, the
MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts presents the exhibition Dante's Inferno by Valentina Vannicola, curated by Simona Antonacci, scheduled at the Archives Center MAXXI architecture from 17 June to 26 September 2021.
The project will become part of the Museum's Photography Collections this year.
From the entrance through the gate of Hell, passing through the souls of the damned waiting on the banks of Acheron, those of non-believers suspended in limbo, those of simoniacs, condemned to be upside down in the earth, and still the only vegetable body of the suicides and the souls dragged by the storm of Paolo and Francesca, the author takes us on an imaginative journey through the Circles of Hell.
The series consists of fifteen photographs, set in the Lazio Maremma and made involving the inhabitants themselves as actors. In the work of Valentina Vannicola, attributable to the genre of staged photography, the component literary works as a track to follow, deepen and reinterpret: it is a sort of input for start a free and personal inventive process that leads to the visualization of an image which takes shape in the first instance in a sketch. The image is then concretized in the shot final, the result of a complex production work in which the author takes on the role of scriptwriter, costume designer, director, as well as photographer. The rigorous sequence and the shotsmeticulously studied they build a concise, tight, but also subtly narrative symbolic, which interprets Dante's words as if they were a script and returns them to form of images. After the Graziadei Prize for Photography exhibition, with the works of the last two winners of the Prize Alba Zari and Rachele Maistrello, the study of the MAXXI on young authors continues through this focus in the Archives Center.