Loops is the solo show dedicated to the young Italian artist Eleonora Roaro, with a selection of works about repetition and self-portrait she made over the last five years.
Focusing on video and archaeology of cinema, the exhibition underlines the performative aspects of her practice through the set up of repeated and obsessive actions that become metaphors for human limits. On one hand, pre-cinematic devices such as zoetropes and magic lanterns question the perception of artworks in the space, on the other the loop is not conceived as a a creative hardship but as a narrative engine: in this way, stories are told with only a few elements. Moreover, the repetitiveness of movements helps to deconstructs the actions, revealing their both mechanical and fictional dimension. The sound also contributes to creating a meditative atmosphere: from the internal rhythm of the sequences on loop to the inaudible music coming from the vinyl records placed under the zoetropes, the viewer is constantly lead to experience the “hinc et nunc” of the display.
Not only are cyclical time and self-portrait recurring themes of the exhibition, but so too are balloons, an ironic metaphor for ephemerality. In the one-second videos of 00:00:00:01, their pops remind us of the catastrophic impact of human actions on the Earth’s ecosystem, whereas in the zoetrope Farewells Never Are Farewells, a black gas balloon flies away and always comes back, highlighting paradoxical aspects of life.
Eleonora Roaro was born in 1989 in Varese (IT). She studied Photography (BA – IED, Milano), Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies (MA – NABA, Milano) and Contemporary Art Practice (MA – Plymouth University, UK).
Currently, she lives and works in Milan.
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