Place of Delight
2020, photomontage, inkjet print on archival paper, 42 x 56 cm, ed.1/3 + AP

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

Place of Delight was designed for the exhibition What Is Enlightenment? 200 years of the Print Room of the University of Warsaw Library at the Museum of Modern Art in 2018. The exhibition was conceived as a dialogue between the Age of Reason and today’s world, between the prints and drawings from the collections of King Stanisław August Poniatowski and their interpretations by contemporary artists.

The photomontage is a combination of a drawing by Franco Barbazza and a photo by the artist showing her own placenta.
As such it is an awkward monument of this temporary organ, that connects a mammalian fetus with their mother.
The title is a quote from the caption embedded in the drawing:

in translation: “The print shows a device for a fireworks show. The shape of the machine represents a place of delight * in which, in the decoration of a pleasant bambocciata*, the flight of an aerostatic balloon was arranged under the command of His Grace Prince Don Filippo Colonna, as the Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Naples and Sicily, in the evening June 29, 1785 on the Feast of the Most Holy Apostles Peter and Paul on the occasion of the annual tribute * to Pope Pius VI. Giulio Palazzi
the architect invented Franco Barbazza engraved
* Place of Pleasure (Luogo di Delizia) – also a country estate, villa, country house
* bambocciata – painting genre scenes
* Chinea – annual tribute (donation of a horse and money to the Pope for the capture of Naples https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinea

The work, not shown at the exhibition, it was produced two years later and took part in an auction organized by the MSN for the Ocalenie foundation in 2020.

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