Amparo Sard – LIMITS – MACRO Museum, Rome

 March 14th-  April 30th, 2015

Amparo Sard


Curated by Lea Mattarella

Press Preview: Friday 13th March,11.00 am

Opening : Friday 13th March, 6.00 pm

Public Opening : From March 14th till April 30th 2015


Sala Enel 2 – via Nizza, 138


MACRO – Contemporary Art Museum Rome hosts the exhibition LIMITS by the spanish artist Amparo Sard, curated by Lea Mattarella from March 14th till April 26th 2015.

The show, promoted by Roma Capitale, Council for Culture and Tourism – Capitoline Superintendency for Cultural Heritage, is supported by the Government of Balearic Islands with the Balearic Studies Institute in collaboration with Paola Verrengia Gallery (Salerno, Italy), that represents the artist.

Amparo Sard (Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 1973) is one of the most influencial spanish artist in the contemporary art scene.
Many public and private collections include her artworks, that have also been acquired by some of the most important museums in USA and Spain, such as the MoMA in New York, the Guggenheim, Casa Solleric in Palma de Mallorca, the Murcia Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum ABC in Madrid.
In her artistic research, focused on the theme of idendity, she uses various languages – drawing, photography, installation, video and lately also sculpture – that allow her to investigate the complex existential dynamics that affect human relationships.
She has become renowned thanks to the peculiar tecnique of needle piercing on paper. She works on sheets of white paper with a thin needle in order to draw shapes and volumes, creating a chiaroscuro effect that emerges as a bas relief from the surface. Sard composes her images in a very poetic, patient and obsessive way, bringing to life papers in which beauty, fragility, perfection and anxiety live together.
The pierced surface loses its consistency and becomes fragile, such as the human being when he faces his intimate fears or when he has to deal with the consequences of his actions.
Sard’s latest artworks focus especially on doubling and experiencing the limit between impetus and instinct and find their perfect way into sculpture. The new fiberglass pieces appear as artificial extension of a natural body: its severed limbs particularly provoke a sense of angst and play with the ambiguity of lifeless objects.

Amparo Sard has created a site specific selection of her artworks for MACRO, where she displays pierced papers, sculptures and videos.
LIMITS, that deals with the borders of the human being and his continuosly changing identity, is organized in three different sections.
The first one presents drawings made with needles and large works on paper – where the artist portraits herself, assembling and dismantling parts of her body as if they where clothes.
The second section hosts four videos: With water to the neck (2014), Second mistake (2008), The lifeguard (2012), Hauptpunkt (2013).
The third room presents the large fiberglass sculpture Limits, that gives the title to the exhibition. The sculpture, completely sprinkled with circular holes that project their outlines on the surrounging walls, evokes a circle made by a couple of arms that hug, twist, clutch one each other and at the same time look as if they are defending themselves and hurting one each other.

“A person’s limit is their skin, if we talk about something that can be touched. The limit of their soul, or of their essence, or of that which is truly important is a more complex thing. And in mathematics limits serve to calculate which way a trend is going in order to forecast what will happen. They do not give a result, they give an orientation. What would happen if we applied those mathematical calculations to our lives, if we calculate the limits between urge and instinct? We can make decisions or have reactions that will somehow modify a reality, but they will only distort it a bit because, due to experience and genetics, we are going to follow a similar pattern”.

Amparo Sard