Paula Metallo | Waiting For The Next One
Paula Metallo is an Italian American contemporary artist. Born in Syracuse, New York and lives in the Marche Region of Italy.
Italian American, artist, contemporary artist, art, contemporary art, collage, installation, Coldigioco, holes, meet, look twice, rorschach, cover uncover, art and science, take and give, simmetry, drawings
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Waiting For The Next One (Aspettando Il Prossimo)


This is a body of work concerned with understanding Italy’s relationship with earthquakes, utilizing imagery from Italian Neorealist cinema, which portrays: truth, naturalness, authenticity and documents and confirms the great Italian ability to re-present the real.

The images in this body of work ask these questions: is passively waiting, and not preparing for earthquakes, particularly Italian? Are Italians somehow attached to the drama connected with tragedy? I have chosen frames from Italian movies that seemingly catch Italians in the exact moment of recognition that something is about to happen. I place these images alongside more abstract images of seismic activity, intending to put Italians face to face with the earth beneath their feet. This work was presented in Gibellina, a town wiped clean by an earthquake in 1968 and turned into Alberto Burri’s famous land art I Cretti (the cracks), which covers the town like a shroud.



Earthquake Plates

  • La terra trema Visconti 1948, 100 x 120 cm.

  • Fantozzi 1975 tsunami, 80 x 80 cm each.

  • I Soliti Ignoti Monicelli 1961, 100 x 70 cm, seismic map 70 x 50 cm.

  • Don Camille Gallone 1955, 100 x 70 cm, Un Americano a Roma Alberto Sordi 1954, 50 x 60 cm.

  • Volcano Otto Mieterle Anna Magnani 1950 60 x 60 cm, L'Aquila map zona rossa 50 x 60 cm.

  • La Dolce Vita Fellini 1960, 60 x 60cm, plate tectonics.

  • Che ora è Scala 1989, 70 x 40 cm, seismic movement.

  • L'avventura, Antonioni 1960, 30 x 40 cm, sediments.

  • La Strada Fellini 1954, 30 x 40 cm, seismic activity.

  • Lina Wertmüller, 30 x 40 cm, seismogram.

  • Fist full of dollars Sergio Leone 1964, 30 x 40 cm, seismic waves.

  • C'era una volta il West Sergio Leone 1968, 25 cm Ø, plate techtonics.

  • Floor collage on cement floor.

  • Floor view.

  • Movies on trowels.