Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso, senzazioni
14 May 2021
Flashback, all art is contemporary
The flashback special project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto
Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso
Inaugurating Wednesday 5th May, at 06:30 pm
in Piazza Bottesini, Turin
and live on Facebook (@flashbackfair)
The first poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by the Flashback art fair is inaugurating in piazza Bottesini on Wednesday May 5th at 06:30 p.m. and live on – @flashbackfair: senzazioni by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (2021).
The first poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano sixth edition – amongst the eight winners of the open call, is by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (who had already won the call in 2019). The photograph shows a bird’s eye view of a table dressed and full of dishes, cutlery, glasses, bottles and food remains: on the tablecloth do we recognize writings, drawings and messages.
They are the traces of a complex project titled senzazioni (feelings), which involved the artist – who moved to Palermo last year, right at the beginning of the pandemic – and a group of friends and acquaintances. The work, which was built day after day, is focused on relationship, exchange and experience. This work lives in close dialog with the physical and regulating context it was born in and – in particular – with the social limits due to Covid that came into force this spring. The D.P.C.M. of March 2nd 2021 states: ““Within the Regions the measures established for the orange area apply to, the displacement to only one inhabited private housing facility is allowed once a day – in a timeframe between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. – and within the limit of two people in addition to those who are already living together there.”
The table set by Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso by the occasion was not cleared up for eleven days, and it hosted three breakfasts, four lunches and seven dinners for twenty-five guests, divided by two at the time The result is a set of photographs – amongst which the one that has been selected for the poster – that document the moments of dialog and meeting. Of course, a work of such kind transcends the visual evidence, and lives mainly in the dimension of direct experience and of the subsequent recalling.
As the artist states: “senzazioni is a collective work, made of ideas, laughs, silence, embarrassment, encounters and separations. We have been together in full safety and we have left dishes, cutlery, glasses, drawings, notes and food remains as a spontaneous trace for those who would come afterwards. It was a precious, intimate opportunity to see the others and deeply recognize them. sensazioni is a group photograph – in time and space – which tells a certainty: at the basis of life and art there lie the human relationships, which can sicken, but also heal us”.
This idea of the human relationship which can treat and heal us is the result of a reflection that has been carried forward throughout last year, and produced by the huge mutation we are all witnessing. Just in a moment where meeting people , the other, is so difficult, this project claims the significance and need of this dialog, of this listening, even though in full compliance with the rules. This reveals as a precious core the need of the individuals to be themselves once they gather around the table, to give the best of oneself, to transform – spontaneously overcoming any temptation to stand out and any urge to be at the center of attention.
Emanuela Barilozzi Caruso (1983) was born, lives and works in Rome. Photographer and performer, she exhibited in significant events and attended several residences: Indian Pavilion at the Biennial of Prague, 2011; Biennial of Venice, 2013; Macro, 2014; Salon, 2015; BoCS Art, 2017. She started her career as a professional actress and now she is a visual artist, who currently live in Palermo. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, her work is characterized by the use of photography, drawing and performance; a work that suites the situations where she has to act. Emanuela’s interest focuses on the relational processes she witnesses first-handily in an always wide diversified time, whose results are disclosed through works on paper, photograph prints and performances.