Lucrezia Testa Iannilli, Gates

28 July 2021

Flashback, all art is contemporary


The Flashback Special Project Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, il Manifesto

Lucrezia Testa Iannilli 
Gates (2021)

Inauguration Wednesday July 28th, 6.30 p.m. 
Piazza Bottesini, Turin
and live on Facebook (

The fourth poster of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano, a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini, curated by Christian Caliandro and supported by the Flashback art fair is inaugurating in piazza Bottesini in Turin on Wednesday, July 28th at 06:30 p.m. and live on Facebook – @flashbackfair – il with work Gates by Lucrezia Testa Iannilli (2021).

In this seventh edition, the tale that deploys month after month is now keeping on with its fourth episode, namely Gates, the poster devised and developed by Lucrezia Testa Iannilli, photographer and performer. 

Her search privileges the human and animal body as an instrument of perception, which becomes the subject of her acting and photographic images. According to her thinking, the non-human condition is most likely the only one that can save the human being. Therefore, also her work reflects – from a different point of view than the one of the previous authors – on the dramatic – but also interesting – consequences of the pandemic, on the human psyche in particular.  Lucrezia Iannilli focuses on the animal as a therapy. “Anxiety and depression, catalyzed by loneliness, fear of the contagion, uneasiness and limits to personal freedom have been diagnosed with increasing extension and have turned for many into post-trauma stress. The animals have somehow acted as a shield for our mental health. If they already had a good connection, it was further reinforced”. 

In the image, the author proposes a “mild” fusion between animals and humans, under the banner of reciprocity and of the continuous exchange of roles. These New Humans – on their turn, actual “doors”, openings towards other dimensions, closely recall the “New Creatures” investigated by Jim Morrison in his second poetry collection, published in 1970: “Lizard woman / with your insect eyes / with our wild surprise. / Warm daughter of silence. (…) Dogs lie sleeping. / The wolf howls. / A creature lives out the war. / A forest. A rustle of cut words, choking river.” (Jim Morrison- The New Creatures). 

Therefore, Lucrezia Testa Iannilli’s vision draws a scenario where, after the end, – after one end – the new beginning presents itself as a fertile transfer of shares and portions of identity, a faithful hybridization of the species and a happy overcoming of the merely human, western and technological perspective, which nowadays is showing all its cracks and criticalities. 

Lucrezia Testa Iannilli (Rome, 1977), photographer and performer, uses inter-disciplinary tools of investigation.  In her research practices, she intervenes with installations and performance cycles in contextualized spaces, using – as an instrument of vision – the human body and the animal one, mainly horses, which are the leitmotiv of many performances and photographic works.  In 2015, did she start collaborating with Gallery FPAC of Francesco Pantaleone, with whom she presented a series of shots at MIART 2015 and 2016 and – in January 2016 she participated to the Fuori Formato in the Open Wall section: a working-pro collection of 22 shots, selected in one year of work and outings together with Italian actress Sabina Guzzanti. In 2016, she started project of Game of Vanth, where she unites men and animals in site-specific performances and installations to give shape to the immaterial vision of the Openings in decontextualizing frameworks. In 2021, she started the New Humans long-term job: an investigation on the preservation of the human being in an unusual, non-human perspective.