Filippo Minelli
‘Bold Statements’

Mai 31, 2016

Cologne

Filippo Minelli is best known for his series of photographs, Silence Shapes, which shows brightly colored smoke bombs exploding in abandoned landscapes and non-descript urban environments. The smoke bombs lend beauty to the surroundings while at times, they also infuse the landscape with a whiff of danger.

The Italian artist was inspired by political demonstrations that he glimpsed on TV while channel surfing on mute. Smoke-granades had just been set off, shrouding the participants in smoke. The image caught his attention: Minelli felt there was something mysterious and thrilling about it.

Minelli’s images have an ambiguous character; they do not overtly suggest protest or war but something less tangible — politics at a more introspective level.

The sentiment is similar in Bold Statements, Minelli’s current series of performances and installations at Ruttkowski;68, that echoes the themes of Silence Shapes as well.

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Filippo Minelli, Shape E/P, Pigment print on Hahnemühle baryta paper mounted on dbond, framed, 2015 110x165cm, edition 1/3+ap

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Filippo Minelli, Shape E/N, Pigment print on Hahnemühle baryta paper mounted on dbond, framed, 2015 110x165cm, edition 1/3+ap

June 03 – July 24, 2016

Filippo Minelli

Ruttkowski;68

Bismarckstrasse 70
50672 Cologne
Germany

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