Alessandra Spranzi

Fotografia Italiana arte contemporanea

The enigmatic title of this exhibition, “Selvatico (colui che si salva)” (Savage [He Who Saves Himself]), refers back to Leonardo da Vinci; the exhibition itself had the force of a political statement, albeit one made in the form of somewhat surreal but modest photographs. A few large-scale images looked out at each other from the gallery walls, while one wall contained a large number of small works. At the entrance were Vendesi tavolo (Table for Sale), 2007–2008, an image of a broken table, clearly the enlargement of a reproduction, and Fototessera di spalle (Passport Picture from the Back), 2008, four very small, passport-size photos of the artist seen from the rear, showing only her long, thick hair—metaphors for futility and refusal. Savage is he who returns to the wild, abandons civilization and its influences, and thus saves himself from alienation in resisting the civilized order

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