So, tell me about the show.
So, there are two series of works, the first one is ‘Beauty Masks’ showing me posing with the masks which I bought in regular shops—masks used to make us beautiful. It’s quite interesting for me that these real objects are used to shape the body as if it were a sculpture. I use it in my art but, of course, people use it in their normal lives, and this subject was very interesting for me—where art is something very similar to real life, to our contemporary situation, why we shape our bodies to make them ideal and beautiful. Of course, this aspect is full of violence. Sometimes the shaping of the bodies is very strong in order to change us. As you can see, these masks are like costumes, which I wore and in fact change my identity.
And these are all used in the beauty industry?
Yes, they’re all designed to preserve your beauty for longer, it’s interesting. In my earlier works, I was using clothes to change my identity—in 2006 I made a repetition of a very famous Cindy Sherman cycle, her untitled film stills, and here it is the same but it’s with regular things.
Where did you get them? I’ve never seen some of them.
Just around, it’s possible to find them. This series is shot together with the newest series of photographs I made, the title is ‘Mama,’ and the point is that I ordered this sculpture, this object, which is in fact a copy of me. It is a doll, like a hyperrealistic sculpture showing me and I gave this doll to my daughter to change the situation, in fact, because as you can notice today, we’re from the youngest age, because children play with dolls—there are both kinds, there are babies that they can take care of, or Barbies, which are the imagination of their future, their ideal—and I don’t like this kind, because I think it’s shaping us from the youngest years. It’s a similar situation to the beauty masks. So, I made a doll which is in fact the mother, and I took the series of photographs along with my daughter to play with this doll.
Can anyone order this doll online?
No, no. It was prepared with me by a technical artist. As you can see, the photographs are in two colors, black and white and color. I decided to do it this way because, in fact this doll doesn’t look very real in reality, but it becomes real when it’s photographed—so I was trying to find a relation with this medium, and the black and white photographs are paradoxically more real than the color reality.
So, you’re trying to make the doll look as real as possible?
I was testing this, because as you can see the frame is very narrow, so it’s not visible that the doll is, in fact, cut, and this is only part of it. The way it’s cut it constructs the body with the body of my daughter so it mixes all together.