Emi Ligabue was born in Mantua in 1957. Between 1980 and 1981 he collaborated with Studio Alchimia on the design of Casa Alessi. In the meantime, she enrolled at DAMS in Bologna and began her artistic adventure as a performer; with the project Padiglione Italia she participated in the important exhibition Una generazione post-moderna, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. In 1983, Emi Ligabue began working independently as a visual artist. She participated in the Serate enfatiste, organised by Alinovi at the pioneering Galleria Neon in Bologna and between 1984 and 1986 in numerous group exhibitions, including La Neomerce, Il design dell’invenzione e dell’estasi artificiale, curated by Denis Santachiara, at the Milan Triennale. In 1988 he had his first solo exhibition at the Musei Civici in Reggio Emilia; in 1990 he took part in the reconnaissance Ipotesi Arte Giovane, organised by the magazine ‘Flash Art’ at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan. In 2002 he exhibited at Villa delle Rose in Bologna in the exhibition Spazio aperto al disegno. In 2016 Silvana Annicchiarico selected her for the XXI Triennale di Milano in the exhibition celebrating female design in Italy: W. Women in Italian Design. Emi Ligabue currently lives and works in Milan.
Since the beginning of her career as a visual artist in the early 1980s, Emi Ligabue has focused her research on everyday objects, from everyday utensils to the icons of modernity and design, first creating sculptures and installations and then two-dimensional works, preferring the technique of collage. Taking and recontextualising images is his signature style and has allowed the artist to freely experiment with mixing genres, and to reflect on the increasingly blurred boundaries between visual and applied arts.
In the 65 collages of La settimana bianca (The White Week), the title of the exhibition curated by Melania Gazzotti at the Mutty cultural centre and its catalogue, Emi Ligabue measures himself against a different visual imagery: the mountain, as a relatively recent holiday and winter sports destination. This time, therefore, the subject of investigation is no longer the artefact itself, but rather the visual ensemble of snow-covered peaks, skis, snowshoes and plastic poses, placed within a collective phenomenon of custom – which began in the 1960s and is now consolidated – that thanks to artistic elaboration and interpretation becomes evocation and takes on an iconic perspective, anything but free of irony and provocation, as is the artist’s custom.
A book for lovers of illustration, graphics and design and, of course, for die-hard winter mountain-goers.
Edited by Melania Gazzotti Texts by Melania Gazzotti Book design by Bunker
21 × 28 cm 68 pages Sewing stitch Singer Italian Isbn 978-88-98030-14-9 First published January 2019