by and with Corrado Augias
lighting, video and director Angelo Generali
production Promo Music Corvino
The images of nude - in particular women - are now a habitual show. Few wonder how this has become such a frequent habit today and that it has worn away the disruptive value it had in the past. One wonders how such an outcome has been reached.
The show will respond to the possible question by tracing the various stages that have led to the current situation including custom, social and in some cases political causes, that have accompanied its course.
With a premise: the need to show nakedness has always existed for many and different reasons- sexual, symbolic and mythical. In the first place, this is demonstrated by the archaic statuary, then by the great statues and frescoes of the Greco-Roman period. They were nudes that represented nudity for the sake of nudity, but also meant as a symbol of something else, such as a god like Venus. In fact, these figures were called Venus even though they often had nothing to do with the famous goddess of love.
Slowly, with the passing of centuries, nudity has been liberated by the pretext of its representation: be it mythical, historical or biblical.
From the second half of the eighteenth century a naked body began to be exhibited for what it is, until the scandal caused by the famous painting (today exposed at the Parisian Musée d´Orsay) with the title: l´origine du monde.
The latest opportunity to start with is the centenary (1917) of the only personal exhibition by Modigliani when alive, dedicated to paintings that became (later) famous.