Agnese Purgatorio / Podbielski Contemporary
Nella clandestinità, 2013
Italia / Italy
Digital collage Lambda print on baryt paper, mounted on Forex, framed
90 x 120
Courtesy Podbielski Contemporary
Agnese Purgatorio is an artist who works primarily in photography, video, installation and performance. Born in Bari, she lives between Beograd and Beirut.
Graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she holds an M.A. in Art Therapy. Her training as an artist began with a period of study in São Paulo, Brazil, at the Lasar Segall Museum and at the SESC Pompéia Factory (drawing techniques, printmaking and photography). Since 1990 she has exhibited her work, in Italy and abroad, in solo and group exhibitions, and is the recipient of important international awards. Her work is included in many private and public art collections.
Agnese Purgatorio’s work is always political because she is passionately interested in the world, but at the same time her work is poetic because at each step it offers the measure of its distance from the realm of things, of decisions and of misfortunes; it is unconventional because it could not be more indifferent to situations, codes and customs of the contemporary art world. Like its author, it is withdrawn and it pays visits to shadows, to margins, to history and to the edges of things where it rediscovers beating and forgotten harts. Cautious and delicate, Agnese’s work alludes to a thousand paths but almost never it does arrive at a final destination. It appreciates references, not impositions. It rejects the formulas but it loves symbols. It does not take notice of slowness but it seeks attention, sometimes even intimacy. Today, a moment that could plausibly be regarded as “middle”, as in Dante’s midjourney, it makes sense to indicate recurrences, “topoi”: among them emerge sensational rituals, illegal immigrants, perhaps women.