Manuela Cirino

Ciocca Arte Contemporanea

This exhibition of a set of thirty-five drawings along with a video and two sculptures had a subdued title—“Secondo tentativo” (Second attempt)—but great narrative richness. At a time when visual thinking seems to have become predominant in every form of expression, it is interesting that Manuela Cirino’s art couples figuration with a narrative format. Perhaps this is in response to modem systems of communication (photography, video, Internet), since visual synthesis is now seen not only in terms of artistic expression (painting, sculpture, etc.) but also in terms of everyday behavior. To use the terminology of fashion, art is a niche, a very privileged one perhaps, but without the universally representative function to which it was once consecrated, from Paleolithic graffiti to frescoes in churches, royal palaces, and mansions.

In Cirino’s drawings Nero su bianco (Black on white), 2000,

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