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OPENINGS: VEDOVA MAZZEI

Legend has it that while out for a stroll artists Simeone Crispino and Stella Scala came across a ceramic slab, most likely a tombstone, bearing the words Vedova Mazzei (Widow Mazzei), a bare-bones epitaph that now serves the collaborative duo as their name. The pseudonym not only shrouds the pair’s identity in mystery, but, the upshot of a chance encounter, embodies their creative method: Vedova Mazzei are motivated by serendipity, they make art from whatever crosses their path and happens to attract their attention. These collisions with the everyday, often in dejected circumstances, reflect the quotidian reality of Italy’s disaffected youth: images, objects, performances provide glimpses of the McJob-induced boredom of Italy’s Generation X and the smart-aleck counter-culture it breeds. (In one photograph, Stella, her face covered in shaving cream, sticks her tongue out at the viewer

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