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Luigi Ontani

Mario Diacono Gallery

Luigi Ontani’s most recent work abandons the body as a direct language in favor of a more “pictorial” dimension. In past self-portraits, he has employed the body as a linguistic means, photographing it in poses inspired by mass-media personalities, comic strips (“Superman”), literary works (Don Juan), or figures from classical painting. His interest in the past was conveyed through a filter of historical and literary references; the classical figures he invoked furnished the interpretive key to his stagings of life as art, and, conversely, of art as the acme of life. His staging has always been extremely careful and precise; at the core of his images, there is nothing superfluous. The kitsch in which his images have often appeared bathed, like a sugar coating, is a cultural homage offered up to the observer as a treat, an extra.

Now, Ontani no longer uses the body as an expressive, and at

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