Nessun addio solo eterni arrivederci #7

  • Barbara Nati
  • 2012
  • Inv. No. 151.15.05
  • Edition 9 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Concept

Nessun addio solo eterni arrivederci (No Farewells Only Eternal Goodbyes) is a project that Barbara Nati undertook in 2012. Once again, the artist manipulates her shots with digital techniques, and the post production process becomes the essential support for the creation of visionary images, characterised by an extraordinary evocative power. The element common to every picture is the presence of different means of transport, all about to go to an elsewhere that remains unknown. The destination does not matter; what matters is the idea of travelling, which is seen by the contemporary human being as a fundamental need, although destined to fail.
Barbara Nati’s artistic research does not aim to excite a mimetic reaction in the viewers, but to deliver a message. Her artworks invite to reflect upon the interaction between the human world and the natural world, upon their difficult coexistence in contemporary times. These photographs carry the observers into potential future scenarios, whose dark and tragic atmosphere is intensified by the use of black&white, by altered and edgy perspectives. The reality that viewers are facing is disheartening: they cannot fit in it but, at the same time, they are incapable of walking away.
Barbara Nati debuted in the art world in 2006 when her first solo exhibition was staged at C.A.O.S – Cultural Artist Open Space (Rome). In 2009, after being named as a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize and the Terna Prize, she was selected to participate in an artist-in-residence programme in Belfast. Since then, her artistic path and photography exhibitions have been divided between Italy – chiefly Rome and Milan – and Great Britain, where she is based in London. In 2010 the Italian Cultural Institute of London awarded her the Renaissance Prize. In 2013, following the solo exhibition curated by Massimo Sgroi, entitled Unpredictable Trees, she had a residency in Olofström, Sweden. Between 2014 and 2015 Nati was featured in solo shows as well as collective exhibitions in Italy and outside the country. In 2014 she received the first MantegnaCercasi Prize in the category of photography; the following year she was a finalist for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize and received the Ashurst London Prize. She is often featured at Art Verona (2009, 2014) and has exhibited her work at other prestigious contemporary art and photography fairs, including  MIA – Milan Image Art Fair (Milan) in 2015, The Other Art Fair (London) in 2015 and 2013, Asia Contemporary Art Show (Hong Kong) in 2014 and Link Art Fair (Hong Kong) in 2013. Nati currently lives and works in Great Britain.