Dinosauria 2024

“Dinosauria. Prehistoric imagery in the world’s oldest country” is a group exhibition featuring 29 artists, both emerging and established, focused on the varied theme of “dinosaurs.” This expansive theme has allowed the exploration of sensitive issues, such as the contradictions of contemporary life, including political and social satire.

Dinosauria presents a journey through the diverse voices of contemporary Street Art, promoting visual works that reflect the problems and challenges of our country with irony. The dinosaurs thus become a metaphor for a pre-anthropic and chaotic Era, ready to reemerge and to be avoided.

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Through their works, the artists have highlighted the ironic tension and fear evoked by the lawless world of the dinosaurs, which pales in comparison to the barbarities of the so-called “civilized society.”

The curator and artist HOGRE, together with the Street Levels Gallery, invites you into an artistic and educational journey through our country’s complexities, through an exhibition rich in both visual and semantic content.

Critical Essay

Prehistoric imagery in the world’s oldest country

The exhibition is a generational comparison between 29 artists exploring a common subject: dinosaurs as a shared reference to express their sensibilities and imagery.

Dinosaurs are the symbol of an extinguished, ancient, pre-human world that did not yet know verbal communication and where therefore we imagine chaos reigned. Volcanoes erupt in the background, giant meteorites hit the atmosphere. Yet, this primal mess, juxtaposed against to brutality of our so-called civilized societies, take on an ironic and often amusing significance. It is this parallelism between human and pre-human realms that fuels their enduring popularity and pervasive presence in mass culture, with the myriad and diverse expressions in comics, films, TV series, gadgets, plush toys, advertising, fashion. Toy dinosaurs, in particular, forge a poignant link between the earliest life forms on Earth and human infancy: dinosaurs represent our remote past that shapes our foreseeable future through the formation of fantastical imaginations.

Within the dialogue among the exhibiting artists, dinosaurs serve as a meta-theme for generational comparison; those who have been collaborating with street art galleries and post-graffiti scene for ten, twenty or thirty years. Interpretations of meanings have multiplied so much that they cannot be confined inside the walls of Street Levels Gallery. In fact, from the beginning of this project, the author’s dinosaurs overflowed into posters, stencils, and graffiti that spontaneously appeared on the streets, as well as in the publication of a fanzine produced by the Florentine independent publisher Three Faces. Dinosaurs can take on an ironic metaphor for the old as in Hogres oil painting Padrinosaurus, echoing the iconic Duke of Urbino painted by Piero della Francesca. Thats also true for Lisa Gellis Andreottiani sauri”. They become elements of political satire, as in the nationalist far-right dinosaur created by Illustre Feccia. They embody the playful element of a coming-of-age tale in Pax Paloscias painting or the monstrous reflections of alterity, mirroring human’s nature, as in Gio Pistones work. They can express a primitive subversive force inscribed in a non-conforming body in Doublewhys portrait of a sex worker dinosaur. And again, In DEMs work Bone wars, inspired by real events, dinosaurs bear witness to the absurd war between success-thirsty archaeologists. Every birth is a death sentence, yet the drama we perceive in the lack of a higher sense reveals itself in all its candor in Hitneswater-color painting.

Art serves as a timeless dialogue that transcends the present moment. Every great representation tells of its era by uniting in the same discourse the works that preceded it with those that will follow. The more a painting looks to its past, the more it expresses the need to outlive its author. Dinosauria is a collective exhibition that reflects on the fundamentally derivative functions of visual arts, connecting authors of different ages and experiences within the same frame.

Overall, the exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the contradictions of contemporary life, like the folly of prioritizing technological progress over the welfare of society as a whole. In a world where the owners of Artificial Intelligences threaten to commodify creativity and deprive users from the joy of creation, the collective show Dinosauria perpetuates the grand game of art, responding with a playful twist. One of the artist in the exhibition aptly put it: As long as AIs dont know how to cook potatoes, Ill continue eating from the Rotisserie!” (Dottor Pira).

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