Magazine article Artforum International

Grazia Toderi

Magazine article Artforum International

Grazia Toderi

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GALLERIA FAC-SIMILE

"There was something of the fairy in her, and nothing is more unbearable, to judge from fairy tales, than living with a fairy." Grazia Toderi uses this phrase, taken from Marguerite Yourcenar, as the title for two of her works. Toderi unearths the fairy tale, with all its touches of cruelty, and sets it within the framework of video and photography. A color video, Soap focused on the interdependence of objects, fairy tales, and art. The object was a washing machine; the story centered around the Ken doll and his absent girlfriend, Barbie; the art was Maria Callas' rendition of "Casta Diva" from Bellini's Norma. The Video screen was totally filled by the washing machine "window," wit Ken rolling around inside. The muffled, awkward sound of the appliance and the mechanical roar of the water were interspersed with the gushing, perfect cascad of Callas' notes. Though the piece foregrounded the dullness of housework, it was not sufficient to silence the light, affectionate, but caustic irony surrounding Barbie and her "soap opera." And the eruption of Callas' voice served as a reminder that art, while presented in esteemed locales, also flows through the anonymous abyss of human life. …

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