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Ladies Weapons - Antonio Riello

Ladies Weapons - Antonio Riello
Ladies Weapons

"Fashion-fiction" finds. Ladies' armor created to protect women from the dangers of everyday living. An artistic tease inviting viewers to an ironic and provoking dialogue which takes aim at hypocrisy and commonplaces. This is the intent of Antonio Riello's latest project. Using real weapons of war, the artist transforms these indisputable objects of male power into exaggeratedly affected female ones. The real revolution is in the gesture: he embellishes, covers and decorates the objects with intentionally glamorous fabrics and materials. He turns them into simple trans-objects that are not meant to be handled but instead exhibited as works of art. Firmly opposed to the use of weapons, Riello makes use of his Ladies' weapons as an artistic pretext to highlight as well as ridicule the aggressive alibis of armed defense - and thereby suggests other types of emancipation. Made as a warning for those who violate domestic thresholds, the objects are for a virtual army of your everyday girl-next-door heroines who leave their homes to go shopping wearing war accessories to defend themselves - obviously ironically - from quotidian ambushes.
Hand grenades, rocket guns, rifles and pistols - one of a kinds - that are named after imaginary heroines from around the world (and whose country of origin corresponds to where the weapon was manufactured) are transformed by the artist and presented with pearls and diamonds, covered in precious fabrics, adorned and polished.
The volume includes critical essays by Jonathan turner and Luca Beatrice.

Antonio Riello, born in Rio de Janeiro, lives and works in Milan and Amsterdam.
His work has been exhibited in the most important cities in the world.
In 2001 he participated in an exhibition in Paris and had solo exhibitions in New York, Geneva, Duesseldorf, Amsterdam and Berlin.


Title:
Antonio Riello
Ladies Weapons

Texts:
Jonathan Turner, Luca Beatrice, Anne Erdmann

Pages:
64

Format:
24x27 cm

Illustration:
49 col.

Published:
2001

ISBN
88-8273-027-1

 
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SKU 88-8273-027-1
Weight 0.80 KG
 
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