The work of Carlo Benvenuto challenges the familiarity of everyday objects. An exhibition at the Macro in Rome, 14 February to 27 April 2003.
The new Macro (Museum of Contemporary Art) has recently opened in Rome, in the former Peroni brewery on Via Reggio Emilia, under the direction of Danilo Eccher. The activity of the new museum, in a facility soon to be renovated with a project by the architect Odile Decq, is aimed at showing works of already well-known contemporary artists and talents less familiar to the general public. One of the first initiatives is this exhibition by Carlo Benvenuto, featuring unusual, evocative images of the everyday world. A surprising exhibition of the works of one of the most interesting Italian artists of the latest generations. The work of Carlo Benvenuto is an insistent phenomenology, challenging the familiarity of objects, reproducing them in sculptures or paintings and, above all, continuously photographing them, capturing a disturbing sense of suspension. A table balances precariously on pen caps, the movement of water in a tumbler is captured in an apparently unnatural state by the camera, without the use of montage techniques or digital alterations, but with a technical ability that surprises us with what, at first, appears obvious.