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Santiago Morilla

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 | 0 comments

In May I went to the Pastificio Cerere to photograph site specific paintings done on the interior courtyard by artist Santiago Morilla, who is in Rome through a fellowship at the Spanish Academy. The work is part of his Nidi series and was curated by Federica Forti. I don’t know why, but I never got around to publishing my photos, even though I must have spent about an hour shooting everything, so I thought the opening of Morilla’s latest exhibit, which inaugurated a new space for the CO2 Gallery (they’ve moved from Prati to via Piave), would be a good excuse. Entitled Nidi 3, the exhibition is a collection of drawings done for the Pastificio Cerere paintings, as well as larger works on paper and a wall mural. In contrast to the figures seen above, the bodies are no longer solid black, just whirling lines that create an enhanced sense of movement. The show runs until October 12 and Cura has published a limited edition catalog which is well worth purchasing. Personally, I enjoyed the change in the gallery work to freer body forms instead of the solid black shapes, but nothing beats the interesting way that the courtyard enhances the figures. If anyone stops by the show, let me know what you think.

Santiago Morilla
Nidi 3
curated by Federica Forti

CO2 Gallery
via Piave 66
September 15 – October 12

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