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The Thread – traditionally linked to the female world – becomes in this exhibition the trait d’union between these artists, that all worked in Rome between the 70s and the 80s.

Nedda Guidi uses thread in these two dimensional works to reach the third dimension, that is inherent to sculpture. In these papers from the 70s, as in the big ceramic panels from the same years, the sculptor explores the multiple intersections between surfaces and their relation with the shadow.

Nedda Guidi
Untitled, 1972
Ink and cotton thread on paper
18x24 cm

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Nedda Guidi
Tre angoli retti, 1972
Ink and cotton thread on paper
18x24 cm

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Nedda Guidi
Convergenze, divergenze, 1972
Ink and cotton thread on paper
18x24 cm

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Nedda Guidi
Angoli retti o quasi, 1972
Ink and cotton thread on paper
18x24 cm

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Elisabetta Gut
Sssssilenzio, 1979
Mixed media on paper
34 x 21,5 cm

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Elisabetta Gut had already used thread as embroidery in her big white canvases in the 60s, as if she wanted to sew up the cuts on the surface. Her later work has more intimate and minimalistic quality. Thread here is an instrument to tie and put in a cage musical writings, packages and pages of poetry, in order to protect them.

Elisabetta Gut
Note sfumate, 1983
Mixed media on paper
18.5 x 17.5 x 3 cm

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Elisabetta Gut
Pagine musicali, 1980
Mixed media on paper
29 x 21 cm

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Elisabetta Gut
Suonare il silenzio, 1980
Mixed media on wooden box
18,5 x 17 x 3 cm

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For Maria Lai, thread has been since the 60s the most important medium of her works, as a symbol of dialogue, narration and of the transition between orality and literacy. The 70s are for her years of experimentation, when she uses thread to write letters that, after having been photocopied, will then be object of further minimalistic intervention. The exhibition shows her books from the 70s, that witness her research of the interaction between verbal and visual. Alongside this conceptual research, the artist has always carried out a more intimate and poetic dimension that is well represented by some of the works in the exhibition.

Maria Lai
Untitled (book), 1979
14 pp. book in raw canvas, machine-sewn with black thread
11,5 x 15 cm (closed)

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Maria Lai
Via Crucis di Ulassai, 1981
Embroidery thread on xerography on cardboard
23x28,5 cm
Signed “Maria 81” COA by Archivio Maria Lai No. AA 0099/18

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Maria Lai
Untitled, 2006
Terracotta and thread
19 x 15 cm

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Maria Lai
Untitled, 2010
Mixed media
57 x 54 x 7,2 cm

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Franca Sonnino
Trasparenze, 2001
Iron and cotton thread
Diptych 50 x 55 x 10 cm (each)

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Franca Sonnino starts her career in the early 70s painting thick grids, a multitude of lines that cross each other as weaves; soon, however, the thread will free itself from the object dimension, and will become the very manufacturer of her works. From the end of the 70s Sonnino will use the thread to boldly draw seas, fields, skyscrapers, books and bookcases. The Roman artist crosses weaves and empties them from the inside to draw books with her thread. Her books, as opposed to the ones by Maria Lai, are still empty and still waiting to be written, or maybe are beyond the present and already eternal.

Copyright Repetto Gallery, London.

Franca Sonnino
Ali, 2013
Iron and cotton thread
80 x 70 cm

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Franca Sonnino
Campi coltivati, 1988
Iron and cotton thread
110 x 50 cm

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Franca Sonnino
Mosaico n.4, 1995
Cotton thread and metal wire
160 x 160 cm

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Franca Sonnino
Libro vuoto nero, 2000s
Cotton thread and metal wire
30 x 54 cm

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