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Performative sculpture, 40 min, 2016

A woman laid on a table covered by white cloth, the woman remained still for the duration of the piece.

Corpo velato was inspired by the aesthetics of the Italian baroque sculpture. It exists only for forty minutes and creates a dialogue with the surrounding sculptures made out of long lasting materials such as stone, granite, marble and bronze, all part of the postwar exhibition of the Kunstmuseum Dahlem. The building was erected during the Nazi regime to be the studio of the artist Arno Breker. After the war it was the studio of renowned postwar artist Bernhard Heiliger. Both Arno Breker and Bernhard Heiliger were Professors at the Berlin University of the Arts from which I graduated in 2016.

Most of the classical greek sculptures that survived until our days lost their colour, coming to us as neutral marble figures. This order of things became canon and reference for the western sculpture, a canon and reference of eternity and indisputable worth. Exercising the same accidental strategy I used white cloth to create a sort of silence, neutralising the colour and identity of a female body, allowing only certain information to appear. The human body gets reduced to a play of lights and shadows, of form and mass. Only the slight breathing of the woman revealed it as a living being, as an ephemeral phenomena.

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