Bologna, Italy

Sabrina Mezzaqui

Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna

Repetitiveness is not a quality normally sought in art, but for Sabrina Mezzaqui, it is part of the challenge posed both by form and by content. With deliberate obsessiveness, she isolates “humble” gestures and executes them over and over again, almost to the point of automatism. In the subtle and ambiguous no-man’s-land between the image she has in mind and the seeming infinity of signs necessary to convey that image, her hand moves of its own accord, allowing unexpected ideas to emerge. It’s a bit like what happens during our daily routines, when we are showering or making coffee and ideas we have been tossing around in our heads suddenly come into focus. In the past, Mezzaqui’s repetitious activities have included clipping dozens of images of feet from newspapers, and arranging them “step by step” along the walls of a room; methodically folding paper into a chain on which she handwrites

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