Nudo, Mani in Alto! Naked, Hands Up! Stefano Scheda’s First Time at the Fumagalli Gallery

Nudo, Mani in Alto! Naked, Hands Up! Stefano Scheda’s First Time at the Fumagalli Gallery
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Stefano Scheda’s first individual exhibition at the Fumagalli Gallery prompts a reflection on the concept of nudity through a project involving both art history and social media. “Why no one is embarrassed by the nudity of the Bronzes of Riace or by the neoclassic sculptures of naked males, where instead Same Same but Different - Scheda’s work depicting two naked men saying hello while getting out of the water - causes havoc in the viewer?”. This question inspired the artist’s work exhibited at the Fumagalli Gallery, where nudity isn’t dealt with from a sexual perspective, but from its social implications. Its title, Nudo, Mani in Alto! Naked, Hands Up!, purposely suggests a body exposed to its physical and spiritual weaknesses. In the video Meteo (2004), naked men and women, somewhat out of focus, are standing on the seashore with round mirrors at their stomachs. The reflected sunlight on the mirrors and the sound of machine guns coming from a space shuttle create an alienating effect. In this case, nudity evokes human limits when facing the power of natural and historical events. The same power that, in the photographic diptych Same Same but Different, is portrayed in its innocent purity.
Samantha De Martin - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano