«The expression of the face does not say, but calls, it is not a message, but a name. For this reason, it is always already in flight from the face, towards the missing name, that these faces of clay and graphite call with all their quiet fury. Anonymous, they require us to name them».
From the introduction by Giorgio Agamben
The Diary of powder and clay is composed of two parts. The first consists of 59 clay heads accompanied by brief passages from the diary in which the artist interrogates, one by one, the «unknown and nameless» faces that emerged from the clay. The second consists of some of the 59 faces drawn with graphite powder, one a day, between 14 April and 11 June 2017, accompanied by fragments written between 1980 and the present in which the author jots down his thoughts on the face, the image, the powder and evanescence.
IT. Andrea Fogli (Roma, 25 dicembre 1959), dopo gli studi classici e la laurea in Filosofia sulle teorie dell’arte di Alberto Savinio, nel 1985 inizia ad esporre con la Galleria Ugo Ferranti di Roma, articolando la sua opera tra disegno, scultura, pittura, fotografia e scrittura. La sua ricerca è stata seguita con continuità e attenzione da Peter Weiermair, Jan Hoet e Lóránd Hegyi, e presentata in mostre personali e collettive in importanti musei italiani ed europei. Tra le sue pubblicazioni ricordiamo: Diario delle ombre (Kerber, Bielefeld 2006), che riunisce un ciclo di 365 disegni esposto integralmente da Jan Hoet al Marta di Herford; le raccolte antologiche Scala Reale (Diagonale, Roma 2002) e Ogni cosa (Tutti i Santi, Innsbruck 2013); Santini apocrifi (Corraini, Mantova 2018), con postfazione di Lóránd Hegyi, dedicato alle serie di santini e cartoline ridipinte che ha realizzato negli ultimi venticinque anni.
EN. Andrea Fogli was born in Rome on 25 December 1959. After studying classics at high school and graduating in Philosophy with a thesis on Alberto Savinio’s theories on art, he began in 1985 to exhibit with the Ugo Ferranti Gallery in Rome, working with drawing, sculpture, painting, photography and writing. His research has been followed with continuous attention by Peter Weiermair, Jan Hoet and Lóránd Hegyi, and presented in solo and group exhibitions in many important italian and european museums. His books include Diario delle ombre (Kerber, Bielefeld 2006), which presents the cycle of 365 drawings of the diary exhibited by Jan Hoet at MARTA Herford; two anthological collections, Scala Reale (Diagonale, Rome 2002) and Ogni cosa (Tutti i Santi, Innsbruck 2013); and Santini apocrifi (Corraini, Mantova 2018), with an afterword by Lóránd Hegyi, devoted to the series of holy pictures and repainted postcards made in the last 25 years.