Costanza Candeloro
30.3.22 – 5.5.22
Opening 29 March, 5.00 – 9.00 pm
Text by Attila Fattori Franchini: ENIT

For Envy & Gratitude, the first solo exhibition at the gallery, the artist has devised a series of three handbag-lens sculptures (Urban & ProvincialIntegrity & DecadenceAbstraction & Figuration, all 2022) and the site-specific installation Marx the Girl (2022), comprising multiple self-baked loaves of bread painted with skin make-up foundation: colour code Ivory 20. Inside the handbags, a variety of texts – taken from teenage magazines and generational publications – are enlarged by the magnifier glass, providing wide scope for deconstruction and interpretation. Along with them, fears, gender constructs, issues of care and educational bias emerge whilst surprising in terms of their affective and intimate content. Embracing material and formal ambiguity, whilst functionalising aesthetic choices, Candeloro playfully blurs her sources, calling on new forms of subjectivity to emerge.