Portraits of AAR Fellows (ca. 1914-1939) in the AAR Bar. Credit: Star Black
Marco Raparelli (born in Rome, 1975; lives and works in Rome) is one of the few artists in Italy who has used the style typical of comic illustration to create his own personal visual language. In the months September 2010—January 2011 he has been in residence at the American Academy as an Italian Affiliated Fellow in the Arts.
Raparelli—with fourteen other current and former Italian Affiliated Fellows—is featured in the show ACCADEMIA ° STANZE ° PERSONE, co-curated by Luca Massimo Barbero (MACRO) and Lexi Eberspacher (AAR). The exhibition runs at the Academy until Thursday 3 March 2011. Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of Marco Raparelli’s Unfamiliar Idea of Rome (2010). In this piece he infiltrates the rows of portraits of past Academy Fellows arrayed over the institution’s bar with ink on paper caricatures of present members of the AAR community. The work appears courtesy of Galleria Umberto di Marino, Naples. Credit for all photographs below is owed to Davide Franceschini / Altrospazio.