Luoghi | Places, 1995-1996

In June 1995, in the garden of a private house in Florence, Paolo Parisi presented the first survey of a real place (in that case the entrance of the same garden) realized with the stratification of plans of the place on different levels, cutting out each time the area corresponding to empty space.

In 1996, on the occasion of a one-man exhibition at the Galleria Gianluca Collica in Catania, the artist crafted a sculpture (“Place”) which was a scale reproduction of the portion of space utilized for the exhibition, placing it in the last room, at the end of the course. The sculpture was illuminated only by the light of a monitor showing the images visible from the window of his studio located in Prato. The same year, he presented in Tuscany the survey of the entrance to the Medicean villa in Montelupo (“Ambrogiana”, 1996), now housing a criminal lunatic asylum and therefore inaccessible. The sculpture was visible from within a furniture shop. Inside the Medicean villa, visible only to the people inside the prison, appeared the images of project drawings of furniture (chairs, tables, etc., representing the so called day by day “normal life”) together with the art works of the detained.