The acclaimed light sculpture by Marinella Senatore , Assembly, arrives at the Reggia di Venaria thanks to the support of PAC 2021, the Plan for Contemporary Art of the Directorate General for Creativity of the Ministry of Culture. With the award the Consortium of Royal Savoy Residences acquires the work that has become iconic in 2022 with the widespread exhibition Afterglow, promoted by the Mazzoleni gallery, London - Turin.
The work is exhibited from 4 November 2022 to 8 January 2023 in Piazza dell'Annunziata in Venaria Reale . Assembly is inspired by the traditional illuminated architectural structures which, starting from the 15th century, were used in open-air public celebrations in Southern Italy and which Marinella Senatore transforms into "relational spaces" through the insertion of quotes and mottos of empowerment and emancipation. An evocation of Baroque festivals, the celebrations that thanks to the ephemeral apparatuses changed the appearance of the royal residences and the cities hosting the courts, today a celebration of the transformative power of art and sharing , in the wake of the theme of the 29th edition of Artissima Transformative Experiences.
Six smaller site-specific light sculptures will be presented in the Antechamber of the Valletti on foot on the main floor of the Reggia until 5 February 2023. In Senatore's practice, the theme of light is a fundamental component: it is in fact one of the privileged languages by the artist. Light, electric and optical, material and metaphorical, becomes a means of narration and poetic creation, as well as resistance and cohesion. As the artist explains, "light sculptures are generators of energy which, in the form of beams of light, propagates through space, changing it and modifying its structures as well as the individuals present in it."
The works refer to the forms of Baroque architecture, but invite contemplation and action with quotations on the sense of identity of the individual and of the community, such as the best known "Dance First Think Later", taken from Samuel Beckett, or "We Rise by Lifting Others”, traced with mercury-free neon that recall the artist's drawing and calligraphy.