Hysteria-De Secretis Naturae 2014_2018

In the spaces of AlbumArte, María Ángeles Vila Tortosa intervenes with a large site-specific installation that almost completely covers the walls of the first room with a series of engravings on paper and works on canvas of different formats, as in a Renaissance picture gallery. In the center of the room, in a theatrical atmosphere, a large wooden box is the container inside which Alicia Herrero performs a dance performance. In another room there are numerous light boxes, in which the four elements of the earth are represented (air, water, earth and fire) present among the iconographies of the eighteenth-century arch, also called "alchemical door", of the village of Rivodutri in Sabina, in Lazio, connected with human organs (heart, liver, brain, intestine, lungs, kidneys) so as to transform them into symbols of an esoteric research that aims at the union between body and spirit. The play of volumes created by the artist on the walls of the 'room-box' becomes a metaphor to represent both the body and the mind. This giant envelope becomes, for the artist, the conceptual and formal representation of hysteria.

Critical text by curator Paola Ugolini

Supported by

Albumarte, Roma (2018)

In collaboration with Accademia Nazionale di Danza d'Italia and Real Academia de España, Roma (2018)

Il Cammino di Francesco. Regione Lazio (2014)

Performance. Albumarte

Photo and Video: Courtesy Albumarte

Research. Real Academia de España in Roma / Accademia Nazionale di Danza d'Italia

Photo and Video: Courtesy Albumarte

Performance. Il Cammino di Francesco. Regione Lazio

Video: Alfredo Pardo

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