Sabrina Sabato

In ten photographs by Sabrina Sabato arranged along one wall of Galleria Neon, bright colors alternated with more placid hues: red was diluted into tones ranging from pink to ocher; green faded to the bluish transparency of water. Here and there one glimpsed the outline of a leaf or a fragment of a petal, while elsewhere the image was initially unrecognizable. A strange kind of herbarium emerged, in which natural forms were as transparent as X-rays. Enlarged and printed without the intermediary stage of a negative, Sabato’s photographs—unique prints she calls “Sabatographs”—capture leaves, flowers, fruit, and fish in vivid detail. She freezes these natural objects in various stages of growth or decomposition, restoring to them in the process an enigmatic third dimension or liquid state.

On the floor below, an installation entitled Ad occhio chiuso (Blindfolded, 1997) focused on the idea of

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