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Federica Marangoni's Luminous Signs
by Viana Conti
translated by Alexander Sera

After more than 30 years of international activity, Venetian artist Federica Marangoni, a pioneering figure in the realm of light sculpture and video installation, still maintains a strong aesthetic quality and humanist essence in her message. Her 2009 book, The Places of Utopia, offers her vision of the world through neon, which is stationary but pulsating, and video, which is moving but cold, both in frequent combination with glass, her material of choice. The bilingual monograph previewed at the Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art in Genoa in 2008, along with Free Woman’s Room, an installation dedicated to Virginia Woolf. The book was also introduced at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, accompanied by an exhibition of selected works from 1970 to the present that included Tolerance-In-Tolerance, an installation consisting of a video component fronted by a barrier of barbed wire, emblematically reverberating with a line of red neon.

Stairway to Heaven, 1998
Solid and fragmented glass, metal, neon, and wheels, 150 x 200 x 110 cm.


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