Dunce hat

Dunce hat

Title: Dunce hat

Technique: pastel and acrylic on canvas

Size: 70x56 cm

Year of composition: 2020

 

An exploration of identity and duality abounds in the work of Italian artist Luigi Carriero. In Dunce Hat, the artist draws inspiration from Francisco de Goya’s The Inquisition Tribunal in which individuals accused of heresy are forced to wear a tall, pointed coroza, popularly known as a dunce hat, and stand in front of a tribunal of the Spanish Inquisition. In Carriero’s contemporary work, the accused becomes a shadowy female figure donning the same style of hat. Whilst the contextual cultural, societal, and political norms have shifted from the early nineteenth century to the present day, the dunce hat remains synonymous with shame, exclusion, and otherness.

 

Juxtaposed against a sea of black and the ephemeral white of the female’s face, the lucid green dunce hat holds the viewer’s gaze and takes on the competing role of accessory and label, becoming both a way of adorning, and branding, the nameless figure. This duality extends to the viewer, simultaneously an observer and an inquisitor, intruding on the personal world of the woman - eyes closed and pensive - making the private public, and forcing us to confront our own notions of judgement, guilt, and perception.

 

Artist: Luigi Carriero

  • ARTWORK INFO

    Title: Dunce hat

    Technique: pastel and acrylic on canvas

    Size: 70x56 cm

    Year of composition: 2020

     

  • ARTIST INFO

    Luigi Carriero

     

    Luigi is a self taught painter born in Casarano (Lecce) in 1981. 

    His passion for art mainly comes from his parents who have always encouraged him to draw. He kept nourishing his passion for art reading and watching masters’ artworks with interest and curiosity. He graduated in Economic, Statistic and Social Sciences at Bocconi in 2006 and currently lives in Gallipoli where he works as a credit analyst and as a painter. 

     

    Main works for media: 

    • “Dreaming Tokyo 2020” for  AF Magazine (n.13, December 2019). 
    • “Eat the Beat vol. 1” chosen for the homonym Sound Cloud cover mixtape by Valentina Georgia Pegorer (May 2020). 

     

    Luigi loves art as a means of expression and research of new languages. In his paintings he likes to mix his experiences in his own way. He is strongly attracted to the world of fashion and frequently accessories are protagonists of his works. He finds inspiration in whatever he loves and expecially in music (Mozart, Bach, Chet Baker, Bowie), painters (Goya, Mirò, Bacon), Cinema (Kubric, Lynch, Zemeckis), Fashion (Armani, Valentino, Etro) and photographers (Penn, Avedon, Newton). 

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