Elena Berriolo

Fondazione Marconi

With her installation Bibita (Drink), 1990, Elena Berriolo called into representation a phallocentric, sexually imbalanced world that seems to confirm the notion that human curiosity, whatever its apparent forms, is actually directed exclusively toward either the sexual or the alimentary. In this simple, almost minimal installation, Berriolo developed an iconography of both the visible (here, all that is phallic) and the invisible (all that is transparent, or vaginal) to create a gender-specific, dichotomized imagery that is determined by sexual difference. By placing viewers in a real, physical relationship to the work, by reconstructing an actual relationship between the human form and its surroundings, Berriolo made viewers aware of their sexually determined visible presence in the world. Thus an understanding of, or participation in the work, begins in the prelinguistic or prerational

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