Ducal Palace, Urbino
The room is transformed with a site-specific intervention that alters perceptions, involving the visitor in the physical experience of an environment through the creation of a nocturnal scenery that might evoke a myriad of interpretations and connections.
Starting from of Federico Barocci’s San Francesco receives the stigmata – conserved at the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche – I developed an imaginary poised between abstraction and reality, where the nocturne, fil rouge of my research, becomes a way to re-interpret the past and translate it into an apparently suspended and timeless dimension.
In the dark of night, where the uncertainty of one’s gaze prevails, the visitor foreshadows infinity and goes ahead diving in the mystery, in the sacredness of nature and of its shadow zones.
Forest of exotic animals
Inspired by the 16th century Flemish tapestry Forest of Exotic Animals – located in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Marche – the scene is created through the symbolic action of placing into the lands of Montefeltro Urbinate, the silhouettes of animals photographed at the Natural History Museum in Milan. The surreal image immediately creates a bridge with the dreamlike scene of the original tapestry, to the point of claiming its namesake’s title. The “photo-tapestry” immediately reveals the scheme through the white contours of the silhouettes without necessarily wanting to recount a story but indeed trying to evoke the possibility of other worlds.