Laura Ruggeri

Galleria Emi Fontana

In her recent show, “Il Maestro è un mostro” (The master is a monster), Laura Ruggeri surprisingly juxtaposed Lucio Fontana and Freddy Krueger. The title brought to mind the horror of a tabloid headline, from which one can surmise some sexual crime. But written in an infantile hand, the phrase also evoked the mysterious fear that wafts between rows of school desks, a fear brought on by the imposition of knowledge. It is also the “monstrosity” of a creative supremacy that, for millennia, has been delineated in strictly male terms.

What gesture is Ruggeri making when she pairs Fontana and Krueger and declares that the master is a monster?The two gestures, the cutting of the canvas (the body of the work) and the bodies of victims, converge in a common territory. It is an original and jolting scheme for confronting the age-old question of the neutrality of knowledge. But this is an impossible

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