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Lupe Ficara: S1 – Frohnau
8 March 2022 @ 18:30 - 2 April 2022 @ 17:00
Micamera’s gallery consists of two medium-sized walls. We imagine them as vertical pages, spaces of dialogue with and among the authors, always in relation to the books and the larger cultural frame — as well as the social and political situation — in which we are immersed. As is also the case in photobooks, photography is central but always in relationship with other artistic languages. We support breaking boundaries and widening the field.
This is not the first time Micamera has mixed languages: over time, on our walls, Todd Hido’s photographs have dialogued with Marina Luz’s drawings, and Tamara Shopsin’s illustrations have mingled with Jason Fulford’s photographs.
In March, Micamera will host its first exhibition of paintings. The artist is Lupe Ficara, an Italian artist living in Berlin. The title of the exhibition is ‘S1 – Frohnau’, which is the underground line Ficara takes to go to work every day. It is a selection of oils or acrylics on different media – wood or paper – always recycled material, whether it be sheets of waste from a warehouse or a wardrobe door thrown in the street…
We will respond to the paintings on the walls with a selection of books.
“In every city in Europe and probably in the world, gentrification is making the social fabric a ridiculous semblance, a trendy aperitivo in designated places.
The hardest part is dodging the ability of the forces at play to turn our spontaneous gestures of resistance into points to their advantage.
Because I hate them and I love them.
Then I would rather say: why suburbs, edges, railway embankments, subways and other depressing places?
I refuse to paint the glitz of the effort to flatten everything into a single globalised, glossy, super-securitised, obscenely sanitised panorama.
Ever since I was 14 years old, a centrifugal force called capital has been pushing me further and further to the edges, painting borders that are increasingly blurred: they are dismantling on one side, multiplying on the other. Never has the city seemed so pixelated and crystallised to me as it does today.”
Let’s take Lupe Ficara back to the centre, to our now gentrified and fashionable Isola district…
Lupe Ficara was born in Milan. She had lived in Milan, Rome, Paris, Nice, Rabastens and Berlin.
She inherited the passion for painting from her father, Franz Ficara, and has been painting ever since.
Nowadays, she lives and works in Berlin.
Visit Lupe Ficara‘s website here.