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Federico Pagliarini

Galleria Emi Fontana

In his latest show, Federico Pagliarini, an artist whose recent work has involved interventions into various forms of mass media, presented a videotaped episode of a popular television program, Uomini e Donne (Men and women), hosted by a well-known Italian television personality. Ordinary people and their sexual partners appear on this show to discuss problems with their relationships before an audience whose members are encouraged to put in their own two cents. The “debates” that animate the program reveal a cross-section of contemporary obsessions.

Pagliarini applied to appear on this show with his fiancée, and his request was granted. He chose to discuss a nonexistent but perfectly credible problem: he presented himself as a young artist whose career was being jeopardized by his fiancée’s jealous feelings toward his dealer, an attractive woman to whom he dedicates much of his time. It

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