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Exhibition of new works by Elisa Sighicelli opens at MOT International London
Installation view, MOTINTERNATIONAL, London. Courtesy of the artist and MOT INTERNATIONAL.
LONDON.- MOT International London announces an exhibition of new works by Elisa Sighicelli in her first solo exhibition with the gallery. Exploring the relationship between representation and reality, Sighicelli’s photographic works challenge the formal and physical properties of the medium, questioning its two-dimensionality, presentation, and subject matter.

In her new body of work, Sighicelli extends the space of representation, gaffer taping and nailing images directly to the wall. Engaging in a kind of inverse tromp-l’oeil effect, the tape or nail appears to hold up the photograph’s folds of fabric drapery, elegantly disorienting the spacial planes of the image. The apparatus of display becomes the works central proposition, highlighting tensions between the photographic image, and the photograph as an object in and of itself.

Also presented are works in which the artist has photographed details of glass objects; often richly coloured they appear as lucent, almost abstract forms. Yet by placing these images under convex circles of glass Sighicelli renders them unstable. Blurring distinctions between image and reality, the surface of the convex glass casts reflections of the surrounding room, changing as the viewer moves in the space. Sighicelli 'un-fixes' the photograph, playing with the dynamics of perception by folding the actual into the pictorial.

Elisa Sighicelli (b.1968) lives and works in Turin. She exhibited at the 53rd Venice Biennial in the Italian Pavilion and solo presentations of her work have been staged at the GAM - Galleria Civica D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; MAMbo, Bologna and Gagosian Gallery, most recently in Geneva.

Recent group exhibitions include Wunderkammer. Arte, Natura, Meraviglia ieri e oggi, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan (2013) Punti Di Vista. Identità Conflitti Mutamenti, Galleria Nazionale di Cosenza, Cosenza, Palazzo Arnone; Marking Time, MCA, Sydney; Silences where things abandon themselves, MSU - Museum of Comtemporary Art, Zagreb (all 2012) Ceci n'est pas du Cinema, Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea and Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin (2011).

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