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Elio Ticca, La spada nella doccia, 2019. Installation, carbon steel sword, shower set, var
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By fetishizing the ordinary, and exploring the emotional investment he attributes to his own objects, Elio Ticca digests his memories by playing with the commonplace, kitsch aesthetics, and everyday objects. Like both an investigator on a forensic scene, and a theatre director designing a performance, the artist inquires his own experiences primarily through painting. The work, both a snapshot of life and a symbolic self- portrait, is then crystallised into a seemingly archaeological ground, where a new light has to be shed on memories and emotions, nostalgia and belonging, suffering and joyfulness, displacement and rootedness.

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"As a reflection upon art and life, Ticca's work questions the dichotomies of the everyday, and of an imaginary permeability between dream and wakefulness. Such works eventually incline more towards the sphere of dream and the irrational, rather than the one of reality as we know it.
Dream, oneirism and the unconscious are celebrated, in Elio Ticca’s work, as a dimension where we can still find a space for freedom: the possibility to be simply ourselves and, at the same time, the 'other'".

– Giulia Blasig, independent curator

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For his first solo show in Belgium, Ticca presented a series of paintings made between 2017 to 2021. Brussels, the city of surrealism, of art nouveau, of René Magritte, emerged as one of the main sources of inspiration for the show, along with dreamy views of interiors, still lives and post-surreal street views.

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Elio Ticca is a contemporary artist working with painting, sculpture and installation.  His work aims to investigate how the representation of affect can be conceptually and culturally deconstructed, as well as narrated in new plastic and visual forms.

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