Mezzogiorno – Antonio Petracca
October 16 - November 15, 2014
The Kim Foster Gallery is pleased to present Antonio Petracca’s new exhibition Mezzogiorno (literally “midday” in Italian.) Giuseppe Garibaldi, credited as the primary force behind the unification of Italy, popularized the term that is now used as a reference to the Southern region of Italy and Sicily. Today, the term is often used as a pejorative. Northern and Southern Italy are worlds apart with different economies. But when it comes down to the abundance of Greek, Roman, Norman, Phoenician, Turkish and Spanish architecture, antiquities, food and ethnic diversity, the South rules. It also is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, Renaissance art included.
It is against this background that Antonio Petracca’s new exhibition is “pinned.” Mezzogiorno is the latest investigation into his Southern Italian heritage through his art. This new body of work is less confrontational and relies more on tweaking the visual language to comment on his observations and personal revelations. Petracca borrows major tourist attractions; the Amalfi Coast, Napoli, Pompeii, Sassi di Matera, the Salento, and Apulia to use as a foil. Petracca believes he has found a language that conveys his quest: to understand and comment on the subtle and not so subtle bias against Southern Italians in Italy and America.