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Luigi Presicce _ L'Accademia dell'immobilità

14 December 2018

The works of Palazzo Pretorio come to life in the tableaux vivants by Luigi Presicce. Performance of the artist together with the Academy of Stillness on the 14th of December
The event is included in the Pretorio Studio project, it will be possible to follow the rehearsal phase until the 12th of December by accessing with a single ticket  

A unique performance with a strong iconic value in which the masterpieces of Palazzo Pretorio come alive through the interpretation of an artist who dialogues with the works in the form of tableaux vivants. An experience that sees protagonist Luigi Presicce and his Academy of Stillness, a long collective work that has started in these weeks and will end with the performance to the public on Friday, the 14th of December at 7 p.m.  
The training in painting by Luigi Presicce finds its development in the staging of living, surreal, mysterious paintings, full of allegorical allusions in which the performance intertwines in a perfect balance cultural mentions and current awareness. On the other hand, his aesthetics recall the scenic installations by Carmelo Bene and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Luigi Presicce together with the Accademia dell'Immobilità is the second guest of the Pretorio Studio project, conceived and launched by Veronica Caciolli in 2016, which has already seen the participation of the artist Paola Angelini last year. Pretorio Studio intends to show the possible symbolic stratifications of time, embracing an archival-archaeological impulse, characteristic of our contemporaneity, pursuing the evident arbitrariness of a continuous and infinite process of redefinition, on the basis of a past that is itself in an eternal state of rediscovery and revaluation (Lawrence Gowing). The project is completed in stages, from the museum residence to the final release and includes the public, even during the study and rehearsals of the artists. Until the 12th of December, visitors can participate in all the trials of the tableaux vivants by purchasing a single ticket at the special price of 4 euros; it is advisable to call the ticket office at 0574 1837860 to know the dates.     
Although Luigi Presicce has already performed in various Italian museums, including the MAMbo in Bologna and the MADRE in Naples, it is the first time that he has elaborated a project inside an art museum like Palazzo Pretorio that unites paintings, sculptures and polyptychs from the fourteenth to the twentieth century; a context that becomes an ideal stage to host the artist's studies on the origins, the history of art, popular and esoteric culture. In the living paintings by Luigi Presicce, composed together with the Accademia dell'Immobilità, the works come to life performed by the bodies; bodies that are included in the represented tale, expanding it and not mimicking it. A creation in which the spectator is part of, entering the work, through a temporal passage that makes the separation between present and past ephemeral and yet evident.   
In addition to the Academy of Stillness - a training project open to all those who want to participate from time to time - collaborate with Luigi Presicce the costume designer Caned Icoda, the video maker Daniele Pezzi and on the occasion of the performance in Palazzo Pretorio, the photographer Ivan D'Ali. Graphic project by Studio Moretti Visani.


Palazzo Pretorio         
Friday, the 14th of December at 7 p.m.     
Luigi Presicce and the Accademia dell'Immobilità          

Admission: 4/6/8 euros         

Luigi Presicce Biography   
Born in Porto Cesareo (Lecce) in 1976, he lives and works in Florence. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce, deliberately choosing not to discuss the thesis. His work was decisively influenced by his independent studies. In 2007 he participated in the Advanced Course of Visual Arts (CSAV) at the Antonio Ratti Foundation in Como with the American artist Joan Jonas. In 2008, as part of Artist in Residence, he participated in the workshop in Viafarini in Milan with the American artist Kim Jones. In Milan, in 2008 he founded (with Luca Francesconi and Valentina Suma) Brownmagazine and later Brown Project Space, for which he is responsible for programming. In 2011 with Giusy Checola and Salvatore Baldi he founded "Archiviazioni" in Lecce (exercises of investigation and discussion on contemporary South). In 2012 he took part in Artists in Residence at MACRO, Rome, extending his invitation to nine other artists (Laboratorio). Since 2010, with Luigi Negro, Emilio Fantin, Giancarlo Norese and Cesare Pietroiusti is involved in the project Lu Cafausu which promotes The feast of living people (reflecting on death) and with which he was invited by AND AND AND a dOCUMENTA13, Kassel. Since 2016 he is a founding member of the Lac o le Mon Foundation, San Cesario di Lecce. With Francesco Lauretta since 2017 he is part of the Santa Rosa School, Florence. In 2018 at the Lac o le Mon Foundation he curated a painting symposium. He is currently involved in the realization of a performance cycle started in 2012 with the theme of The Stories of the True Cross and in a project of itinerant training for young artists called The Accademia dell’Immobilità. He was selected for the 2018 Studio Program at Artists Alliance inc, New York.

He performed at the Claudio Buziol Foundation, Venice (2010), Thessaloniki Performance Festival, Biennial 3, Greece (2011), Reims Festival Scènes d'Europe, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, France (2011), Màntica festival, Cesena (2011), Corpus, MADRE, Naples
(2012), We Folk - Drodesera Festival, Central Fies, Dro (2012), Art City Bologna 2013, Bologna (2013), CastelloInMovimento, Castello di Fosdinovo, Massa Carrara (2013), ARTDATE 2014, Bergamo (2014), Il teatro dei luoghi Fest, Lecce (2014), Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Germany (2015), MAMbo Bologna (2015), Marino Marini Museum, Florence (2015), Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno-Capannori, Lucca (2016), Le Murate, Florence (2016), Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Swiss Institute of Culture, Venice (2017), Lac o le Mon Foundation, San Cesario di Lecce (2017 and 2018), MAP Museo de Arte Popular, Ciudad de Mexico (2018).

He won the Epson Art Prize, Antonio Ratti Foundation, Como (2007), Emerging Talents Award,
CCC Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2011), Long Play, MAGA, Gallarate (2012), Icon, ArtVerona, Verona (2014), Level 0, ArtVerona, Verona (2015). He was a finalist for the Moroso Prize, second and sixth edition with special mention (2011, 2017), the Maretti Prize, second edition with special mention, Havana (2014), the VAF Foundation Award, seventh edition, Germany (2016) and at the Anna Morettini Award, first edition, Paris (2017).