Mariantonietta Bagliato at the Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, Polignano a Mare (BA)
The exhibition is the first of a series of events entitled ShowCase, a series of exhibitions that sees the collaboration of different galleries across the region to present solo shows or curatorial projects – designed by the galleries themselves – in the spaces of the Project Room.
The Pino Pascali Museum Foundation in Polignano a Mare dedicates the project room to the project ShowCase which opened on Saturday 25 February 2017.
The first appointment of this project is Mare Morbido (“Soft Sea”) by Mariantonietta Bagliato, curated by Gaia Valentino and promoted by Bluorg Gallery in Bari. The installation, sea made of fabric, draws its inspiration from real life events, almost as if it were looking for a fairly tale ending to the frequent tragedies of today’s world. The pieces of fabric are offcuts of daily life, which have that suggestive power of mirroring people’s image, just like the sea, which becomes human like the border it represents and that must be crossed.
Mare Morbido is the last step of a project that the artist undertook almost ten years ago and that, somehow, takes us towards transition. The focus of this work are still fabrics, so dear to Bagliato for their evocative and synesthetic power. However, in this installation the artist abandons the seriality and obsessive repetition in favour of a visual ensemble which hides within itself the concept of plurality. Through her work, the artist underlines the need for tenderness in a historical period such as the one we live in by creating a soft alcove, which is fun to walk through and comfortable to rest on, which makes you almost feel hugged – the curator explained. Bagliato’s ironic and sometimes sarcastic look mellows into a child’s dream which, however , still keeps the clarity of mind typical of adulthood: the sea is in actual fact rough, moved by colourful surfs that bring to mind different peoples and ethnic groups, just like the small pointy waves remind us of the roughness of the big mass of water that separates us.
The exhibitions Francesco Bosso/Iurilli: A White Tale, curated by Antonio Frugis, and Cristiano de Gaetano: Speed of Life, curated by Christian Caliandro, are also currently showing at the Pino Pascali Museum Foundation.
Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali – via Parco del Lauro 119 – 70044 Polignano a Mare (BA)
25 February – 7 May 2017