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Artist Talk Elisa Sighicelli: Stone Talk at Rossi & Rossi

Elisa Sighicelli and HKU art history professor Dr Susanna McFadden in conversation on Roman art and culture /

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020 /
4pm – 5pm (coinciding with Southside Saturday) 

In gallery and zoom (details as below) 
Zoom ID: 968 493 7982 / Password: talkstone

Rossi & Rossi
3/F Yally Industrial Building
6 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm
+852 3575 9417

Co-presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Hong Kong.

On the occasion of Elisa Sighicelli’s exhibition Stone Talk at Rossi & Rossiplease join the artist in conversation with Hong Kong University art history professor Dr Susanna McFadden, as they discuss their views on Roman art and culture. 

Together they will explore the idea of beauty in relation to the body in the Graeco-Roman world, as well as the materials used in ancient times and parallels with the contemporary works of Sighicelli.

Roman artists often employed techniques such as trompe l’oeil to deceive the viewer concerning the material reality of the object. This same idea can be applied to the works of Sighicelli; her experimental approach to photography often probes into the materiality of photos and its effect on our way of seeing, printing her work on varied materials including satin, travertine, plasterboard and marble, depending on the subject matter.

Sighicelli is known for her installation-based studies of objects and their relationship to space. She has exhibited internationally, and her works can be seen in notable institutional collections. Based in her hometown of Turin, she studied textile design in Florence before finishing her undergraduate degree at Kingston University in London, and later received her Master of Arts at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Dr Susanna McFadden is a specialist in the art, architecture and archaeology of the Greco-Roman and late antique Mediterranean, with a particular emphasis on the medium of wall painting. Before joining the faculty of The University of Hong Kong, she taught art and archaeology in the US at Bryn Mawr College, Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr McFadden has authored several articles and book chapters on late Roman wall painting in Rome and Egypt. Her current book project focuses on the visual culture of late Roman Egypt and explores the spatial, ritual and material dynamics of wall paintings in the ancient Mediterranean at large.

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