Noverca

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Noverca

A wolf walks in a dimly lit Rome during the lock-down. Deserted and ghostly, the city is crossed only by ambulances and police cars. Only silence and sirens can be heard, not surprisingly.

Author
Filippo Riniolo
Technique
Video 2 "in 4k and 15 Still
curated by
Fracnesco Cascino
Produced by
Studio Legale Tributario Ricciardi (Roma)
Shooting and editing
Simone Vacca and Luca De Benedetti
With the patronage of
Quadriennale Foundation of Rome


Filippo Riniolo immortalizes in a footage the icon of the pandemic, the fear and the sense of abandonment, of loneliness, of community forced to monadism, once again.

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In the artist's mind Noverca is a wolf. The name comes from an old, dantesque word which means stepmother, unfit mother. The work leaves open the possibility that the unfit mother is nature itself, abandoning her favourite children.

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The piece attempts to visualize, give shape and perception to the widespread feeling of betrayal by destiny, by nature and the feeling of abandonment and loneliness in the face of the enemy.

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But what happens to the city if its citizens are locked and secluded in their own apartments? The “Urbe” gets lost and disappears. The wolf looks for Rome and finds only its empty streets. Perhaps she would like to talk to people, explain to them how to relate to the animal world, what feelings, desires and instincts we have in common. Perhaps she seeks interpenetration but finds fear, which generates more incomprehension, loneliness, distance.

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There was another wolf which terrorized Gubbio and stopped being scary once it engaged in dialogue with a saint. This is one of Saint Francis's best-known miracles, from which we should have learnt how to dialogue with nature, even the ferocious one, asking ourselves who are the most ferocious: those who deny their own nature or those who affirm and defend it.

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The work was created thanks to the support of Nicola Ricciardi Law Firm, tax attorney, collector, expert in Art Law and member of the Executive Board of “Anteprima no profit”
Testo e cura di Francesco Cascino

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod

Noverca, filippo riniolo, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod Noverca, Filippo Riniolo, feb 2021, still 100 x 70 cm, Lambda print on dibod