Michele Ciacciofera (1969, Nuoro, Italy) for many years studied human impact on the landscapes and human portraits to find their typus. His works have existential themes, with central or appended political and social questions employing a complex, intensely symbolic, visual language.
He uses different means of expression : painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.
This site-specific exhibition features paintings, installations and sculptures, and takes its title from a speech the Italian politician Antonio Gramsci made.
« In my attempt to break the wall of indifference, I try to use something that touches the spectator via an intimate relationship with materials, to create an image… ».
The artist creates adventurous explorations suited to particular places and times, and in this spirit, admiring the long history of Edinburgh’s Richard Demarco and the life’s work of Joseph Beuys, so often anchored in Edinburgh along a narrative path that connects ideas of epic and utopia across all history, can be seen in this exhibition at Summerhall.
This is the first artist’s show in the UK.