Pesaro / Milan

Grazia Toderi

Galleria Franca Mancini / Galleria Giò Marconi

Views of the theater are a recurring theme in Grazia Toderi’s work, and her latest video projections investigate two historical examples and one current update, namely, the television spectacle, represented by the TV quiz show Rischiatutto (Risk Everything), which was extremely popular in Italy in the ’70s.

Shown in Pesaro, Orchestra, 2003, was dedicated to the town’s Gioacchino Rossini Opera House, while Il mondo privato (The Private World), 2003, was about the Teatro di Verzura in the nearby Villa Caprile. “Verzura” means “greenery” in Italian, and the theater is constructed out of hedges and trees—elements typical of eighteenth-century garden architecture—and carved into a verdant hillside. In both these videos, Toderi manipulates the images so that one forgets the connection with the projection source; they seem to surface directly from the wall, like paintings where the figures move,

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