Words Domenico Costantini
The masks are the meant to hide or protect some aspect of ourselves? Do they reflect what we show to the world and obscure our “true” selves? Or do they help us uncover and discover parts of ourselves? Finally we decided that AGGLOMERATI means: freshness of colour, sumptuous decoration, wild unexpected gestures, very shrill expressions, exquisite interior turbulence.
In his conversation with Domenico Costantini, the artist, Francesco Casarotto, elaborates on the reasons and aims of his method. “It’s about storytelling and using your imagination. I tried to carry the visitor into another world,” he explains. “It’s different to how a traditional exhibition in this kind of space would be put together, which would be maybe more methodological, but this is free and expressive. I wanted create tension and contrast between a lot of different worlds. It’s a mixture that comes straight out of my own interests, in fact, so hopefully it feels quite spontaneous.”
From here the artistic and subcounscious form their own dialogue together.
The exhibition in the Colla Super Gallery, is not intended to show only a work of superior craftsmanship, but to show that masks are subpersonalities of characters, are ‘agglomerations’ of emotions, thoughts, beliefs, images, sensations that have formed in interaction with the environment and emerge from the unconscious, automatically, beyond our awareness, to demand satisfaction of a need or to protect us from real or imagined suffering.
The Power of Masks refers to the fact that is usually intended to lend power, divine spiritual power.
Francesco Casarotto is not only a creator, but also the “analyzed” charachter. The leitmotiv of the exhibition room’ asetich design reflects the range of perspectives chosen for the subject, such as ‘Persona’: masks from the world of the subconscious, where ‘persona’ is the Latin word for mask, or ‘Supernatural’. The layout itself is an artistic interpretation where the rooms, in fact, become a Gesamtkunstwer or total work of art.
Through the use of the window, artists Francesco Casasarotto and Domenico Costantini, by exposing the mask as a museum object, offer an idiosyncratic perspective, which in all its universal diversity deserves such an innovative approach.