A60 Contemporary Art Space presents in the spaces of Florence an exhibition dedicated to the Chinese artist Li Chao with the series The Passover Vigil. These paintings strike us for the insistence with which the artist represents the shapes of the figures within the space of the works. There is no mediation, there is no breath or pause: these ghostly presences gathered in groups are what remains of existing today.
They find themselves inside spaces to find with extreme difficulty the sense of unity, today so lost element. It is interesting to read some reflections that Li Chao makes about his work: "... Distance has an invisible gravity, just explored, which appears as a black hole in the presence of black deaths. In human relations the gravitational withdrawal causes a vacuum affective that deprives men of corporeality ... ". The artist's words are dense, intense because they clearly reflect on what has happened to men in the time we are living and with strong concern his denunciation does not stop: "... An attempt at friendship assumes a threat to existence in the moments when attraction suddenly means danger. Since then the senses have clouded over ... ".
Li Chao is among the few artists who have perceived and translated in their works without the use of formalistic rhetoric, through the figural metaphor of his painting, the sense and need to find a way again today, more than before. It is illuminating to listen to his thoughts through his precious words that here, we cannot fail to mention: "... The pandemic forces the body to keep its distance and this is not an adequate solution to the problems caused by man, man is the enemy of man, and thus, the problems that man has brought into the world do not dissolve ... ". The urgency of his thought was thus transformed into a painting that in itself welcomes the signs of silent words together with ascetic forms that today we can no longer read.