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ACQUA DI COMETA
19 may – 30 july

This exhibition proposes a recurrent theme of Florescu's work: the metaphysical interpretation of a landscape freeing itself of spatial-temporal ties. Florescu's landscapes are ephemeral, they only exist when revealed by light and captured by the eye of the camera. The places become non-places, reflections of an illusory reality. The water of the sea, ponds, and lakes becomes sky and pebbles turn into comets, meteorites, anthropomorphic figures that swiftly beat the air or remain suspended immobile in infinite space. Splashes or waves of light fixed by the eye of the artist using the lens to create abstract webs of impressions and a feeling of disorientation echoing Magritte's message. The title of the exhibition is inspired by a scientific theory maintaining that the water on the earth partly derives from the evaporation of ice crystals from comets. Curated by: Valentina Moncada

Ileana Florescu
Ileana Florescu was born in Asmara (Eritrea) in 1960. After living in various countries, she completed her studies at Florence's Università di Lettere e Filosofia. She has published various historical essays for Mondadori, Costa & Nolan, Bompiani, and Bulzoni. After an apprenticeship as the assistant to the painter and sculptor Giuseppe Gallo, her creativity found an outlet through the camera which became her paint-brush. Although Florescu avails herself of a different photographic language, it was her long friendship with the photographer Arturo Patten that led to the world of the photographic image.


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