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Lucrezia Roda, Hourglass, Our time, 2022

Courtesy: Lucrezia Roda, Cortesi Gallery

Giclée Print on Baryta Paper mounting on plexiglass
Giclée Print on Baryta Paper mounting on plexiglass
Dimensioni / Size: 90x135 cm
Edizione / Edition: Edition of 5

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“GLASS POWER. La potenza della fragilità”
Lucrezia Roda (Erba, 1992) presents “GLASS POWER. La potenza della fragilità”, a solo photographic exhibition curated by Vera Canevazzi at Cortesi Galley, Lugano. In the fifteen shots, Lucrezia Roda shows the glass production process and the environments of the historic Fornace Venini in Murano, one of the most famous glassworks in the world, which last year celebrated the hundredth anniversary of its foundation and is developing an important institutional project that will include some of Lucrezia’s works. The opening of the exhibition falls at the same time as “The Italian Glass Week”, an event that brings together the two most important Italian festivals dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of Glass at an international level – Vision Milan Glass Week (10-18 September 2022) and The Venice Glass Week (17-25 September 2022), on the occasion of the “Year of Glass”. The United Nations have officially designated 2022 as the Year of Glass.

A photographer of industrial environments, metallurgical factories and steel materials, Lucrezia Roda, in this new exhibition, continues her visual research in industrial and artisanal production through the images and iconic vases of the Venini company. Her journey began in 2014 inside the Trafilerie San Paolo in Erba before moving in 2015 to the Laminatoio del Caleotto in Lecco and, in 2016, to various plants of the Agrati Group specializing in screws, bolts and special fastening systems. In 2019, her research continued within the steel mills of the Duferco and Feralpi groups in Brescia. The theme of metamorphosis is at the heart of Lucrezia Roda’s artistic practice, deeply attracted by man’s ability to “tame” the primordial essence of water and fire, using them within industrial and craft processes to give materials a new form and purpose. Her shots arise from the search for a balance between complementary realities: order and chaos, light and darkness, truth and fiction, microscopic and macroscopic.

Glass is a very seductive material for the artist: like metal, it is also involved in a cyclical process of production where it changes shape, consistency and characteristics. Moreover, it embodies history, tradition, art, design and craftsmanship in a perfect dialogue between manual skill and artistic sensitivity. The craft of glassmaking is very ancient and has been handed down from generation to generation, a knowledge that, especially in the past, was carefully guarded. Once again, Glass embodies dichotomies close to the artist: worked by the power of fire and man’s wisdom, it starts from a sandy consistency to reach a majestic form that is solid but extremely fragile and, in reality, extremely fragile delicate. A natural element capable of becoming a precious artistic artefact.

Lucrezia Roda

Italia @ Italy

Born in Erba (CO) in 1992, Lucrezia Roda lives and works between Lugano and Milan. Classically trained, she later immersed herself in the world of visual art, studying at the Italian Institute of Photography and specialising as a theatre and stage photographer at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, also strong in her profound humanistic imprint. She places the themes of introspection and transformation at the centre of her reflections, dedicating her early fine-art photography research to the representation of industrial production dynamics. Her currently most representative series is “STEEL-LIFE”: started in 2014 and currently in progress, it collects multiple images of the world of the metal and metal industry, interpreting it as a matter of continuous and cyclic change. Winner of the “AIF 2019 – Nuova Fotografia” Award, attributed by AIF (Associazione Italiana Foto & Digital Imaging) to a talent of emerging Italian photography “for the determination with which from a very young age she has dedicated herself to photography, first creating for herself a conscious path of study, then elaborating her own personal expressiveness centred on the search for a contemporary language”, in the same year she published her first catalogue published by Vanilla Edizioni. Selected to exhibit in the “MIA Proposals” category of MIA Photo Fair, an international art fair dedicated to photography and moving images, she is one of the winners of the 2018 RaM Sarteano prize. In 2021, she is among the finalists for the Arte Laguna Prize. She has participated in several national and international exhibitions, and her works can be found in various collections, including those of the Dino Zoli Foundation and the 3M Foundation.

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Lucrezia Roda, Hourglass, Our time, 2022