“My visionary self is tied to my current relevance, transforming real images in my own parallel world, in which I am almost a figure with extra human abilities. I don’t exercise magic, rather, actions of strength, that cancel that same devastating action, restoring a new matter. That matter of which we are made of, that endures life and brings back the signs of everyday landscapes.”
Donated by the artist. Burn on carpet, 2012, 186 x 274 cm.
Born in 1967 in Catania, city where she lives and works.
After graduating in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania, Loredana Longo has always sought what she calls “an aesthetic of destruction,” meant as a metaphor for life itself and the rifts that afflict our society. It is precisely the decay that occurs with the passing of time that is an intrinsic and fundamental part of her works, which include photography and site-specific installations, also involving the use of cement, glass, marble, clay and more recently ceramics. Starting out from current and political topics, Longo’s research presupposes a change of key that, in destruction, finds that sudden transformation into something new, ready to take shape within an ongoing cycle. Be they shattered plates, deformed clay pipes, interventions in the domestic space or in family tensions, or Persian carpets onto which iconic phrases, Western sayings and populist slogans are engraved with a blowtorch, the Sicilian artist’s works stand out for their extraordinary communicative power, capable of touching on delicate subjects such as explosions in the Middle East and dictatorships.