RABARAMA – MEMENTO
ongoing until October 4
Stadio di Domiziano – via di Tor Sanguigna, 3 (Piazza Navona). Opening hours: every day 10:00 am to 7:00 pm – full price ticket € 8, reduced price ticket € 6 (admission to the archaeological site + audio guide included)
Tel. 06 45618787 | www.stadiodomiziano.com
A stone’s throw from Piazza Navona, the Stadium of Domitian (Unesco World Heritage Site) plays host to the first solo exhibition by contemporary artist Paola Epifani. Known by the pseudonym Rabarama, the Padua-based sculptor gained international acclaim for the ability to explore the boundaries of time and perception. Decorated with symbols, letters, hieroglyphics and other figures in a variety of forms, her large-scale installations look like “primordial creatures from outer space”.
The daughter of an artist, from her early childhood Rabarama showed an inborn talent for sculpture. She creates sculptures and paintings with men, women or hybrid creatures, often passing for the eccentric. The “membrane”, the “cloak” that seems to envelop these figures is constantly changing, always adding new signs, symbols and metaphors. Her work is considered suggestive and exciting, describes all the sorrows and joys of the human being, from slavery to freedom, through the genetic code of dreams. This long path, studded with successes, brought her to present in 2011 at the 54th Venice Biennale the monumental work Abbandono, made entirely in Carrara marble.
In addition to this fundamental recognition, her works have been exhibited in major world capitals of the art scene as, among others, Paris, Florence, Cannes, Miami, Shanghai. Numerous and important, also, are the acquisition of her works by important public and private institutions such as the Art Museum of the Beijing Biennale, the Shanghai Sculpture Space and the Copelouzos Museum in Athens, not to mention the three monumental works purchased by the Municipality of Reggio Calabria and exhibited at the Falcomatà waterfront. Unforgettable also is the artistic alliance and collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.