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Grazia Toderi & Orhan Pamuk * 1952 in Padova, Istanbul, lives in Turin, Istanbul

Grazia Toderi is one of the foremost Italian artists of her generation.She works mainly with video. Her urban scenes that shine in the night like diamonds and float seemingly weightlessly are inspired on the one hand by Giotto and on the other by a childhood memory: the landing of the first human on the moon. She has shown her work in major museums such as the Hirshhorn in Washington, the MAXXI in Rome and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin. When he discovered her entry at the Venice Biennale i [...]

Grazia Toderi is one of the foremost Italian artists of her generation.She works mainly with video. Her urban scenes that shine in the night like diamonds and float seemingly weightlessly are inspired on the one hand by Giotto and on the other by a childhood memory: the landing of the first human on the moon. She has shown her work in major museums such as the Hirshhorn in Washington, the MAXXI in Rome and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin. When he discovered her entry at the Venice Biennale in 1993, Orhan Pamuk, awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 2006, was enraptured and asked her for a contribution to his Museum of Innocence in Istanbul. The Museum of Innocence in the Çukurcuma district hosts a collection of objects gathered by Kemal, the hero of the novel by the same name as the building. With a nostalgia that gnaws at him from the inside, he sees the woman he loves becoming ever more distant. He compensates for this loss by frenziedly collecting every conceivable object that she had never touched and never would. This love novel is equal to Proust's À la recherche du temps perduor Albert Cohen'sBelle du Seigneur. Thus was born the joint project Words and Stars, a series of videos of the starry sky of Istanbul with love inscriptions written by the writer's hand, shown first in Turin at the Palazzo Madama in 2016, then at the MART in Rovereto in 2017. The video shown in OSMOSCOSMOS belongs to this series.

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