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Claudio Parmiggiani

b. 1943, Italy

Untitled (libreria), 2008

Smoke and soot on board

127 x 121.5 x 7 cm

Claudio Parmiggiani's connection with literature resonates in the conceptual nature of his works, which frequently draw references from philosophy and poetry to delve into themes of time, memory, and absence.

Over four decades, Parmiggiani has crafted a distinctive series known as Delocazioni, which translates to "delocation" in Italian. Inspired by silhouettes of dust naturally formed by objects placed against a wall, Parmiggiani employs fire to create haunting shadows out of ash, particularly of books.

To achieve these evocative forms, Parmiggiani ignites flames in close proximity to a panel adorned with objects, skillfully controlling the fire for hours to distil the essence of each item. After the blaze recedes, he removes the objects, leaving only lingering forms and memories captured in the shadowy outlines of smoke and ash.

An alchemical quality permeates Parmiggiani's concept and execution, where fire serves as a conduit for transforming the tangible into the intangible. This transformative process not only alters the object but also reshapes the surrounding space, challenging viewers to reconsider their notions of permanence through an exploration of various dimensions of existence.

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