Wondrous Possessions by Jo-Anne Duggan
Exhibition dates 3 September – 1 October, 2010
Wondrous Possessions by Jo-Anne Duggan is an exhibition of exquisite images, created on 4×5” film in the historic palazzi constructed by the Gonzaga family in Mantua, Italy; the Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Te and Palazzo San Sebastiano, as well as the state archives, Archivio di Stato di Mantova. This work depicts the monumental salons of these once private pallazzi as well as the secret spaces that sequester and archive the wondrous possessions that speak both of the profoundly rich histories and remarkable inhabitants, as well as the ever shifting and re-shaping of history and historic architecture. In this body of work the juxtaposition of elaborate coffered ceilings and celebrated paintings that allude to humanist pursuits and the exquisite grandeur of court life, alongside storage facilities and catalogued documents reflects not only on the contemporary uses of ancient buildings but also the notion of the museum itself.
The images were hand-printed at Colour Factory and exhibited in Prato, Italy in mid May 2010.
Jo-Anne Duggan is represented by Colour Factory Gallery. To see more of her work look under artists in our stockroom.