For the 50th anniversary of the tragic flood that hit Florence on November 4th, 1966, the Humanities Library at the University of Florence will organize the exhibition, Luciano Ori: Report of a Flood, to be held in the library itself. The exhibit, curated by Lucilla Saccà, will display collages on poster board chosen by the artist in his visual account Io c’era, in 1967. For the occasion, the Regional Council of Tuscany has published a catalog with the same title as the exhibition, containing the 37 plates displayed in 1967, along with 7 preparatory studies and critical texts. All the artworks and documents on display are on loan from the Galleria Frittelli Arte Contemporanea in Florence, which conserves and oversees the archive of the artist.
In line the with revolutionary artistic program of those years, Ori – one of the founders of Gruppo 70 and the International Group of Visual Poetry – found his art in the press. Through collages of newspaper titles and articles with and without images, Ori reconstructed a visual news story covering the dramatic days of the Flood. His account is critical and marked with a biting irony; the artist denounces the difficulties of the people, the problem of profiteering, the delay in getting help, and criticizes the authorities and institutions responsible for what he calls the “Flood of the State.”
For the exhibition, the work of the young collective Michele Foti & Li Yang, Water, was presented. The digital video, an experimental example of Living Picture, interacts with accompanying pictorial artworks and fuses together with their composition and colours.
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