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Paris, the Embassy hosts Maria Cristina Finucci’s work of art

Parigi, Ambasciata ospita opera di Maria Cristina Finucci
Parigi, Ambasciata ospita opera di Maria Cristina Finucci

The Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci presented her latest creation in Paris, the quadriptych entitled L’animo spinge a narrare di forme che in corpi diversi mutano, specially created for one of the salons of the prestigious Hôtel de La Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville, the historical seat of the Italian Embassy.

The inauguration and installation of this work of art is part of a wide-ranging project, promoted by Italy’s Ambassador to France, Emanuela D’Alessandro, aimed at fostering Italian excellence in culture, design, creative industry and Made in Italy within the Embassy.

The Ambassador said: “I am very happy to inaugurate the latest work of art specially created for the Embassy by Maria Cristina Finucci, whom I thank infinitely. Through this work, we want to continue to enhance the excellence of our country, especially in the fields of culture, design and the creative industry, further enriching the premises of the Embassy, a special symbol of French-Italian friendship.’

L’animo spinge a narrare di forme che in corpi diversi mutano (Ovid’s Metamorphoses I) is an innovative work of art, which also makes use of artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Taken from the installation Transmutation presented at CYFEST 2023 in Yerevan, it is the natural continuation of the cycle of works initiated by Maria Cristina Finucci over a decade ago with the creation of the Garbage Patch State.

In 2014, at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, on the occasion of the inauguration of the first Embassy of the Garbage Patch State, a census of thousands of different plastic objects, destined to be discarded after use and be added to the garbage patches, was taken. Finucci used those photographic archives to simulate their metamorphosis, fragmenting the photos of those objects and recreating the process that actually takes place after they are abandoned. The discarded objects that end up in the sea carried by rivers are in fact, over time, destroyed into tiny fragments and are no longer recognisable, until they reach a state of entropy. Also with the help of artificial intelligence, each fragment was then reassembled and fused together with the others to form a single image where it is no longer possible to recognise the original shapes, as they have undergone metamorphosis into new hybrid forms.

The question Maria Cristina Finucci is now asking is the following: what does an object feel when, after being destroyed, undergoing metamorphosis and regaining strength, it becomes part of the cycle of life and the universe again? How does it feel when, after its apparent death, it rises again in a different life form? Does a memory of its previous life remain within it?

With the help of augmented reality, it is possible to recover the memory of their previous life. Indeed, by pointing a smartphone at any of the sixteen frames that make up the work of art, the corresponding original image will emerge. The ARTIVIVE application is available for free download.


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