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Tomaso Binga

Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Naples

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Tomaso Binga, Self - biographical picture, 1974, Collage on styrofoam, plexiglass, 50 ×  × 66 × 9.5 cm, Courtesy of Tiziana Di Caro Gallery

Tomaso Binga, Self - biographical picture, 1974, Collage on styrofoam, plexiglass, 50 ×  × 66 × 9.5 cm, Courtesy of Tiziana Di Caro Gallery

Galleria Tiziana Di Caro is presenting work by Tomaso Binga, who goes under the pseudonym Bianca Menna to challenge the privileges of the male world with irony and displacement. She deals with verbal-visual writing and is among the leading figures of Italian phonetic-sound-performance poetry.

This presentation includes Binga’s first collage work from the 1970s, made from recycled Styrofoam (materials found inside cardboard boxing). The Styrofoam serves both as a support and sculptural element: as well as forming the basis of the collage it also preserves a precise volume in space.

The stand also presents the poetic-performative work Ti scrivo solo di domenica (I Write To You Only On Sundays), which Binga created over the course of a year by writing 52 letters to a friend every Sunday. Each letter has the same beginning, ‘Mia cara amica’ (My dear friend). With very short sentences the author speaks to an imaginary friend (her alter ego), typing and signing letters in what she describes ‘as a sort of personal calendar, where poems instead of numbers mark the passing of time.’

Also on display are Binga’s ‘Dattilocodice’ (Typecodes), a series of works on paper made by superimposing letters from a typewriter to create indecipherable alphabets and arbitrary icons and draw abstract grids and squares. 

The gallery also presents several letters of Binga’s Pop Spelling-Book in which she cuts out photos of her own naked body, postured like different letters before collaging them onto the candy-coloured illustrated cards to be used in elementary schools as a way of teaching children the rudiments of reading and writing.

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