Nathalie Du Pasquier & Alessandra Spranzi: Les jeux de mains

Galleria Monica da Cardenas, Zuoz, 19. Dezember 2020 – 3. April 2021.

This Winter at the gallery in Zuoz we will present two exhibitions: the first one is “Les jeux de mains”, an unprecedented collaboration between Nathalie Du Pasquier and Alessandra Spranzi. Juxtaposing Spranzi’s black and white photographs of hands with paintings, drawings and wooden constructions by Nathalie Du Pasquier, the artists demonstrate how two elements brought together can give rise, in particular conditions, to a third one, almost like what happens in chemistry. The effect is surprising and creates a particular poetry between these two sensibilities. Spranzi’s hands and gestures establish a playful relationship with the cold spaces painted by Du Pasquier. Their collaboration is titled Les jeux de mains, which might also allude to some magic that the hands of the photographs enact on the paintings.

Nathalie Du Pasquier (*Bordeaux 1957) lives in Milano since 1979 and in 1981 she was one of the co- founders of the Memphis group of design and architecture. Her designs for fabrics, carpets and furniture have played a key role in the creation of the unmistakable Memphis style. Painting has been her main activity since 1987. Du Pasquier’s ongoing research is constantly investigating the boundary between the representative and the unrepresentative, the tangible and the intangible, reality and imagination, and two/three-dimensional forms.
Her works have been exhibited in galleries and institutions around the world, such as Kunsthalle Wien (2016), the ICA in Philadelphia, and the Camden Arts Centre in London (2018). In December 2020, the MACRO Museum in Rome will present a major solo exhibition of her work, curated by Luca Lo Pinto.

The artistic research of Alessandra Spranzi (*Milan 1962) analyzes photography, the construction and reuse of photographic images made by herself and others. She has a preference for humble materials, everyday situations, handiwork and its gestures. She is interested in indicating a beauty that already existed, unseen, in existing anonymous and non-professional photographs. Through these appropriations and manipulations, she investigates the mystery of existence and the forces that determine our destiny, along with that of the objects and spaces that surround us. She has taken part in important solo and group exhibitions, at Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2000), MAMbo, Bologna (2013), Centre Photographique, Ile de France (2015), and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2020).