Antonello Ghezzi

Antonello Ghezzi


Antonello Ghezzi - Artist couple from Bologna.
"The traffic light quite near, far, far away" references a children's story by Gianni Rodari, Favole al telefono "Il semaforo blu". The work shows the sky over Milano, in 10, in 100 and in 1000 years - always with its own reflection. A reference to the universe and us, the human being, mirrored in the midst of it.

The children's story tells of the traffic light that no longer wanted to shine red, yellow and green and instead wanted to give people the most beautiful blue from the most beautiful sky. The blue of dreams and freedom. But the people did not understand this and a huge chaos arose. People started honking their horns and roaring their engines. Everybody wanted to outdo everybody ... until a policeman stood in the middle, regulated the traffic again and the traffic light was repaired. ... a story that people could not take the freedom they were given.

Nadia Antonello and Paolo Ghezzi studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna and in 2009 founded the duo Antonello Ghezzi.

Their research focuses on lightness and magic.

The projects exhibited in many Italian and international institutions try to make fairy tales tangible. A door that opens only if you smile, soap bubbles that break down the walls, a machine to make wishes with shooting stars, small sculptures between lovers, starry skies of the future. Stairs, clouds and blue traffic lights that - thanks to Gianni Rodari - give us the permission to fly. As these works were winged sandals or mirrors that, like Athena's shield, help Perseus to overcome Medusa.

The duo has exhibited at Kunstall in Bergen (Norway), the Beit Beirut (Lebanon), at the Bagni Misteriosi in Milan (Italy), at Brooklyn Wayfarers in New York (USA) the Sound Design Festival of Hamamatsu (Japan), at the Italian Institute of Culture in Athens (Greece), at Artbab in Manama (Bahrain), at Miasto Ogrodów in Katowice (Poland), at the Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires (Argentina), at the National Picture Gallery of Bologna (Italy), at the Moscow Biennial (Russia), at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Villa Croce in Genova (Italy), at the Sarajevo Winter Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina), at the Blik Opener (the Netherlands), at the Petit Bain in Paris (France), at the Arsenale in Verona (Italy) and the CIFF in Copenhagen (Denmark).


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