Anna Conway, Instructions: The Whale, 2023
Anna Conway / Instructions: The Whale
Jun 15 – Sep 15, 2024
Collezione Maramotti
Reggio Emilia, Italy

Collezione Maramotti is presenting Instructions: The Whale (2023), a painting by American artist Anna Conway that recently entered the collection and will be exhibited to the public for the first time.

After the painter’s first show in Europe, held in 2016 in Collezione Maramotti’s Pattern Room, this intimate new exhibition marks an emblematic stage in Conway’s artistic investigation, launching a series of works (Instructions) that explores the idea of animals and their trainers set against the backdrop of a green screen.

Guided by method and intuition, by close observation of reality and by pure imagination, Conway’s starting point in the creation of The Whale was the concept of “rewilding”: the recovery of wilderness areas through the reintroduction of native species to their habitats – and, in a broader sense, the relinquishment of human control over nature.

The Whale, in which the main characters are a whale and its trainer, is a cinematic, supernatural, dramatic, even biblical work. Despite the highly dynamic iconography – with a stormy ocean and wind swelling the green sails/canvases of a precarious stage set, a wave-battered cliff and a drone filming the action – the scene seems elusive, distilled to an instant, caught in a freeze-frame that is imbued with mystery.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a written conversation between Anna Conway and American critic Bob Nickas.

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