Rossella Biscotti
Carola Bonfili
Alice Cattaneo
Alex Cecchetti
Paolo Chiasera
Danilo Correale
Andrea Dojmi
Michael Fliri
Giulio Frigo
Christian Frosi
Anna Galtarossa
Nicola Gobbetto
Francesca Grilli
Simone Ialongo
Marzia Migliora
Valerio Rocco Orlando
Nicola Pecoraro
Alessandro Piangiamore
Farid Rahimi
Maria Domenica Rapicavoli
Davide Rivalta
Marinella Senatore
Luca Trevisani
Nico Vascellari
Enrico Vezzi


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Four Virgins and a Bed, 2007
video, DVD, 6’30’’ min.
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Valentina Muscedra
An old tradition in Sicily demands that a bride's girlfriends prepare the bed for the wedding night a few days ahead of the wedding itself. In Maria Domenica Rapicavoli's video, four girls -- unmarried, to comply with the tradition -- prepare the bed with meticulous care and attention, smoothing out all unwarranted folds and strewing rice and sweetmeats under the pillows as a good luck token for the new couple. All of this occurs under the watchful gaze of the bride's mother. The artist's intent is to reflect on the concept of identity in relation to social stereotypes. Yet the earnest with which she probes cultural conventions ends up taking on a comic twist, and she waxes ironical on the endless details involved in this kind of ritual and on the fact that the girls' virginity is merely presumed.
Four Virgins and a Bed, 2007
video, DVD, 6’30’’ min.
Courtesy the artist