“The role of leather in contemporary art and public spaces”. This was the theme of the exhibition-workshop organised on 7 June by Fondazione De Chiara De Maio, with the support of SSIP, at SSIP’s headquarters in Pozzuoli. The event strengthened relations between SSIP and the Solofra tanning district. It was also the occasion for the opening of the exhibition of works “Red Snake” by Marco Gallotta and “Pelli trincerate” by Franco Politano. Not only that. It was also the opportunity for the presentation of the docufilm “Sconfinate”, made during Carla Viparelli‘s performance in Solofra last February, together with the canvas on which the 24 leading dancers performed their movement-colour rehearsals.
Leather in art
Franco Politano’s “Pelli trincerate” intends to communicate, the organisers explain, the process of ennobling leather from raw material to valuable finished product. The installation was created for the exhibition “Caro Armato”. Gallotta’s “Red Snake” is part of the catalogue of “The beautiful stage”, the artist’s first leather exhibition in Italy in many years. Pelli Trincerate and Red Snake can also be visited until 29 August at the Fondazione De Chiara De Maio, in Piazza Umberto I 10-11 in Solofra (AV), as part of the “Colori” exhibition.
The debate, opened by SSIP General Manager Edoardo Imperiale, was attended by Fulvia Bacchi, General Manager of UNIC – Italian Tanneries, and Diodato De Maio, President of the De Chiara De Maio Foundation. With them were personalities from art, public administration and academia. Such as the authors of the works, Alfonso Andria, president of the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage-Ravello, Carmelina Grosso, head of the SSIP Library and Documentation Service, and Mariangela Vietri, councillor for cultural activities of the Solofra municipality.
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