Perché è così difficile dichiararsi? (Why is it so difficult to come out?) is the title of the new exhibition by the Italo-Bosnian artist Adelisa Selimbašić, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing before. The exhibition, opening tomorrow, October 26th, at the IPERCUBO Gallery in Milan, curated by Rossella Farinotti, will be the perfect opportunity to discover a new corpus of unpublished works created by the artist in recent months during her residency in New York. Despite her young age – Adelisa was born in 1996 – the artist has gained international recognition for her authentic language, capable of speaking sincerely to anyone. Her style is now unmistakable. Intertwined nude bodies, bold details, pastel color palettes, and sometimes subtle, sometimes sharp irony. These are the constants in Selimbašić’s work, and once again, she is ready to astonish the audience. Let’s learn more about the concept of this exhibition and the evolution of her work.
Why this title?
The title – Why is it so difficult to come out? – is very curious and attention-grabbing. We talked to Adelisa Selimbašic to better understand what she wants to refer to. «This title has everything to do with identity,» explains the artist, «Identity is something in constant evolution. Declaration doesn’t necessarily have to be related to love, but it can embrace various facets, including the declaration of oneself, without having to prove to others but just being who you are, regardless.» Why is it so difficult to come out? is therefore a question addressed to the public but remains open. There is no direct answer, but the question is more about reflection. The viewer can interpret it in a completely subjective way or apply it to a universal interpretation, recognizing it as a social drama. The difficulty of self-defining, self-determining is a generational theme that is emphasized and brought to light, investigating the reasons and perhaps arriving at a conclusion, intimate and personal.
The pictorial and chromatic evolution
Compared to when we met Adelisa in March, her works today undoubtedly show an evolution. The lines are more precise in the details, which want to emerge prominently compared to the rest of the composition, more subtle and light. The colors have gradually become softer, “almost becoming part of the subjects’ epidermis.” Another change is seen in the subjects. From a strong female presence, we move to a representation of ambiguous subjects. Androgynous bodies, capable of making our need to categorize waver. In this way, Selimbašić emphasizes her commitment to inclusion, inviting the audience to reflect on their preconceptions.
Courtesy Adelisa Selimbašić, Galleria IPERCUBO and ph. Antonio Maniscalco