In the solo exhibition of the work by Silvia Trappa curated by Cristina Gilda Artese and taking place at the Dark Room Silmar Art Gallery in Carpi (in the province of Modena, Italy) from December 5, 2015 to January 16, 2016 young and talented Italian artist from Orzinuovi (a town in the province of Brescia) deals with adolescence, a very sensitive issue.
Two sculptural installations are on show. The first one, entitled Meeting point, hangs from the ceiling; it’s dedicated to the timid and dreamy aspirations of young people whose interpersonal relations are similar to the flight of opposite swings that touch and then repel, and where the fragility of human relationships is decided and desired by the breath of wind that affects its dynamic.
Part of this installation was exhibited at the last Biennale di Soncino where it received widespread interest from critics.
The second installation is placed “on the ground”, but paradoxically it is extremely spiritual and symbolic. It consists of some of the resin sculptures from the series Le Sante (The female Saints) which Trappa dedicated to the iconography of the female Saints of the Christian tradition and to their lives interpreted with a contemporary approach. The Christian female Saints were always very young women, little more than teenagers, and with their example they were a strong tool to captivate the masses. At times they were real opinion leaders, other times they were not far from modern starlets. Trappa’s modern reinterpretation leads us to reflect on women’s role and position in society, and how an intense longing for affirmation may lead to the instrumentalization of women, who struggle to be protagonist but end up in being a mere means of other people’s ambitions and expectations.
In addition to these main art installations, the exhibition also presents some other masterpieces as well as the preparatory works for sculptures and a series of graphic works on newspaper paper entitled Light things (actually the artist used newspapers from Japan, where she has worked and is quite renowned ). This series seems to be the perfect counterpart of the sculptures even though it also plays with the same dichotomy between lightness of the touch and depth of spirit.
This exhibition can be experienced from two different perspectives: leisure and pleasure or ambitions and aspirations. This is the reason why it is called “looking upwards” (in Italian would sound: Con il naso all’insì¹), just as the adolescence period with its contrasts and its awkward contradictions.
Silvia Trappa is the protagonist of issue number 10 of the monographic magazine Or Not, of which some copies are available for the visitors to the exhibition until exhausted.