Zebre (Savana’s dream)

  • Tommaso Fiscaletti
  • 2011
  • Inv. No. 20.14.03
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Concept, Animali
Size M
41x55cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Unframed Mounting
41x55cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting

Savana’s Dream derives from a memory from Fiscaletti’s childhood. Many years later, the artist thought that a game he played as a boy could be an interesting subject in order to depict the relationship established between people, animals and nature. When the wooden base is pressed manually, the elastics that hold up the animal’s body are loosened and project it into a dialogue with the background of the photograph, a lush and natural landscape populated with animals of the same species. The work is constantly poised between the desire for freedom expressed by the playful element and the equally powerful one expressed by nature. However, there is also a strong message of condemnation; only human actions can symbolically make the animals 'collapse to the ground'. What is an ordinary hand gesture is actually a broader metaphor for the complex rapport that humans have with what is not their same kind and is bent to their purposes through the use of power and violence. Because of this, the photographs have a very simple and immediate visual rendering, in which posters of the savannah have carelessly been hung on the walls as a backdrop, tacked with masking tape and not perfectly straight, while the animals become a game in the hands of humans, who can remove them from their habitat, to which they dream to return.
Tommaso Fiscaletti lives and works in Cape Town. When he was just 23, Fiscaletti staged his first solo exhibition at the Palazzo Gradari in Pesaro (2004). It was so successful that the administration of this city institution decided to devote another exhibition to him the following year: Sarajevo. His career was then consolidated by a series of solo shows hosted chiefly by galleries and contemporary art centres in Venice and Milan. Some of his works have also appeared at important fairs and events, including MIA Photo Fair in Milan and Arte Laguna at the Arsenale di Venice. His consecration as an artist came about in 2015 with Between Home and Wisdom, a major photographic project featured at two exhibitions in Cape Town: the first at Harrington House – the prestigious cultural hub devoted to design, fashion and international creativity – and the second at the Center of the Book. In 2016 he organized the exhibit Between Home and Wisdom at the Musuem Santa Maria della scala (Siena). Fiscaletti has won numerous awards, including the Diesel Wall in Toronto (2007), and he was one of the finalists in many photographic contest: in 2001 in Arte Laguna Prize, in 2010 in the Mondadori Art Prize and in 2009 in the Celeste Prize. Furthermore, his name was mentioned in specialized magazines such as Artribune e Espoarte.