Marcello Marvelli Fine Arts is pleased to present Case Study, the first New York solo exhibition by young German artist Andrea Frank: a series of large color photographs investigates the Colonia Novarese, a modernist building on the waterfront near Rimini in Italy.
Marcello Marvelli Fine Arts is pleased to present Case Study, the first New York solo exhibition by young German artist Andrea Frank.
A series of large color photographs investigates the Colonia Novarese, a modernist building on the waterfront near Rimini, Italy, which was built in 1934 as a fascist youth camp used for ideological indoctrination of children. The photographs capture the power of the building
Some images portray vast bare interiors where painterly surfaces play with the architectonic structure of the building. Others show the interaction of architecture with the surrounding seascape and overpowering nature. Still others create a surreal atmosphere of decay through the accumulation of dirt, broken furniture and decomposing clothes.
The romantic beauty of the images opens itself to other layers of meaning. Images of decay quickly become a metaphor for the fascist ideology that informed the construction of the building, staining the modernist architecture and the fascinating interiors. It is a symbolic clash of two different and opposed utopian ideologies: fascism and rationalism.
Today the building is slowly decaying after decades of abandonment. This neglected building is "contested territory" carrying the mark of an ideologically charged architecture.
In her work, Andrea Frank has explored Europe
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