Yvonne De Rosa
February 26 - March 26, 2009
Opening: Thursday, February 26, 2009 / h. 7 pm
Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Via Ventura 3, Milano
Curated by Alessandra Masolini
Prometeogallery by Ida Pisani is glad to announce the opening of the photography exhibition Crazy God by Yvonne De Rosa, entitled after the book published by Damiani and presented last December at the PAN museum in Naples – Palazzo delle Arti Napoli.
Crazy God results from the work the artist did as a volunteer during the 90s in an old psychiatric hospital, whose name and location she deliberately avoids mentioning.
Six years after the healthcare structure closed down, De Rosa returned among the rooms and the already decaying corridors to document the void left by the patients. The result is a sensitive, touching study consisting of portraits of the objects abandoned by the patients and their wall writings – sentences that are often astonishingly lucid.
The Crazy God project, presented at the Photographers’ Gallery in London in 2007, received the first prize at the Lucie International Photography Awards 2008, several honorable mentions and a special award from the World Health Organization. It is also one of the winners of the The Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographers Competition entitled Flash Forward.
Yvonne De Rosa, born in Naples in 1975, lives and works in London, where she studied photography at the Central Saint Martins’ College of Art and Design. Her works are part of many European and American collections, public and private.
Comments from Crazy God reviews: Diana Gianquitto, Exibart “This is an exhibition that speaks to our relational and social consciousness, not only to the optical nerve and our rationality. Art emerging from a real existential journey is necessarily deep and intense” – Marianna Rizzini, Il Foglio “it’s like watching Jack Nicholson’s face in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, the film by Milos Forman where mental illness and health can no longer be distinguished; you watch the screen and end up wondering whether the crazy folks are those who want to deny and erase insanity”- Alessandra Giordano, Il Roma “moving and extraordinary shots, like an hallucinating novel written on the flaky walls of an asylum”.