Roberta Conti was born in Tourin, now lives and works at Agugliano close to Ancona in Italy. She studied at the Institute of Art at Ancona and then obtained a Degree in Drama Art and Music Studies (Art mention) at the University of Bologna. She studied also at CNIPA Institute at Ancona and studied at School of Nude Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna. She is teacher of artistic Education.

Her artworks have been exhibited in Italy, Athens and Thessaloniki. She has curated contemporary art exhibitions and has designed microARTfest, a festival of contemporary arts. Her work was edited by S. Nastro, C. Caliandro, E. di Mauro, I. Falbo, C. Lio, S. Cardinali and L. Mozzoni. Selection of some exhibitions: Naked Soul, Santoni Palace, Contemporary Day for the Pinacoteca di Jesi, curated by S. Cardinali; ArtMille, a contemporary art space at Assitalia INA in Piacenza, curated by L. Baldini; The First Quiet Night at A. Grigoletti architectural studio for Verona Fair, curated by C. Caliandro; Italian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition 150th Italian Unity in Turin, curated by V. Sgarbi; in Bologna 13X17 by P. Daverio and J. Blanchaert; Flash Art Show Bologna curated by L. Baldini and G. Politi; Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens, edited by D. Gianti and A. Oikonomidou.


“Talking With My Roots”

During the residence at Jiwar Roberta realized a project on the memories of her father. It is not just a personal but a collective memory as he was a prisoner of war during Nazism. Her research goes through the delicacy of the very stylized sign and very few colors. Small gestures, significant objects, a silent relationship between the subjects lead to the stitching of the threads of a memory made more and more unstable by the passage of time. The second phase of the work will be based on the memory of the mother to whom the husband told about the sufferings he experienced in the forced labor camp. In this case the search for the elements of memory will pass through others and is a memory that has not been lived, heard many times and imagined. The lightness of the forms, of the clothes, of the objects, of the trees where the white undefined every place and every space defines the impalpability of the memory that, being evanescent, moves away from us.


My rounded characters take on shapes that are often grinding and aggressive. They possess the essence of primitive Venuses and have the graphic characteristics of the cartoonists and men of Keith Haring. They are born as “swollen” beings, stressed and about to explode within the limits of contemporary society. The empty backgrounds welcome the stories told through direct and essential gestures. Stories of everyday “abnormalities” that I encounter living in contact with the students: I read their stories, stories of families, relational realities.

If the initial works were an ironic vision of the world and thus left room for a hopeful positivity, the most recent works investigate the part of man that is inclined to the lie and makes it a value, a force. At this point the characters have acquired long noses and donkey ears. The concept of “asinity” as an incarnation of evil, as a symbol of ambiguity, has very ancient roots (Egyptians, Greeks, G. Bruno, Macchiavelli, G.B. Pino), fascinates me to find this concept in the behavior of our society. The “men-Pinocchio” get from the example of Collodi’s fable the moment of “perdition” in the Country of Toys, so similar to the status of “Western civilization”. In the last works, I see how this greedy behavior is leading us slowly, but with certainty, towards a degeneration, an involution, towards the separation from nature, the destruction of the environment and with it the relationship with ourselves. I believe, however, that awareness is the real transition to the “positive revolution”.


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