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OssiMoro sorVoLante

Luigi Ontani2004/2006

Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale. Collezione Farnesina

Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale. Collezione Farnesina

This characteristic late work by Luigi Ontani belongs to a series that he calls
AnamorPose, with a clear allusion to the concept of anamorphosis.
The title, a play on the Italian word ossimoro, meaning oxymoron, reflects the hybrid
world of imagination from which the artist draws inspiration. The photographs
show him winking ironically at the viewer in a Balinese mask of a Moor (Moro)
surmounted by a crown of bones (Ossi). Repeated stays in the Indonesian paradise
of Bali and first-hand contact with the local craftsmen have enabled Ontani to have
a series of hand-painted ceramic or wooden masks produced in that exotic setting.
The work was produced by means of the lenticular printing technique through the
superimposition of two or more different photographs. As the viewer moves in front
of the work, it appears to change and move so that the artist himself appears to
be in motion. The complex architecture of cultured references that characterizes Ontani’s work is highly condensed here too. (Transl. by Paul Metcalfe per Scriptum, Roma)

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Details

  • Title: OssiMoro sorVoLante
  • Creator: Luigi Ontani
  • Date: 2004/2006
  • Physical Dimensions: w130 x h220 cm
  • Provenance: Rome, artist's collection
  • Type: lenticular print
  • Rights: Foto di Giorgio Benni
  • Medium: lenticular print, overlaying photograph prints
  • loan: Rome, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

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