Il Mito dell’Eroe is the work presented for SOTTOTRACCIA. It analyses the stage as a representation area, introducing a structure that remembers its features combined with a performance by an actor in military clothes. Creating a space capable of hosting an action with limited possibilities, only for one person, the work is activated by a march on the spot. The intent is to find a metaphor about contemporaneity where the human being needs to perform him/her/themself to relate to society’s standards.

The video was shot inside the Bosco del Chignolo (MB), a non-canonical exhibition space where the artistic intervention can be reunited with the surrounding nature, revealing its ephemeral value.

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About the artist:

Gaia De Megni (Santa Margherita Ligure – Italy, 1993).
She holds an MA degree in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan and a MAP_PA Master’s Degree in Performing Arts, Palaexpo, and Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome.

Recent exhibitions and projects include: Ekrani i Artit 2022, Shkodër, (Albania 2022); Collective exhibition at Castello delle Mura in Rome on the occasion of Talent Prize INSIDEART (Rome, 2021); Il Mito dell’Eroe, Hypermaremma 2021 (Maremma Toscana, 2021); Blackout, curated by Ana Dević, Pierre Bal-Blanc, Marco Scotini, Carol Yinghua Lu and Liu Ding and published by Artribune magazine; Studio Visit – 30 artists for 30 days, curated by Adrian Paci and published by Fondazione Pini and Boîte Editions; The Wild State, Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, 2020); San Carlo, San Carlo al Lazzaretto (Milan, 2019); PROPAGANDA, curated by Marcello Maloberti, Museo del Novecento (Milan, 2019). She also won the Youth’s Monza Biennale art prize (2017), the Arte Accademia of DUCATO prize (2019), the Lydia Prize (2019), the Pini Art Prize of the Pini Foundation (2023) and was selected as finalist for the Talent Prize 2021.

Il mito dell’eroe, 2021
Still from video, 16:9, 7.45 min
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