Photography Aliteia explores beauty in diversity

Aliteia explores beauty in diversity

Giorgia Massari

On October 26, Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan opens its doors to Aliteia, whose real name is Alice Babolin. Aliteia, a Paduan artist born in ’85, has embarked on an extraordinary journey in search of inner truth and authenticity. The name “Aliteia” is derived from the Greek words “Ali” and “Aletheia,” which mean “to be evident” and “truth that cannot be hidden.” This is the key to understanding the beating heart of her exhibition, titled The Ballad of Human Mutations.

The focus of The Ballad of Human Mutations is Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a hereditary neuropathy that can lead to deformities in the hands and feet. Although the disease is common, it is still relatively unknown. For Aliteia, it represents a deep connection with her family and an opportunity to explore the beauty in diversity. The exhibition aims to break stereotypes of beauty, challenging traditional aesthetic norms and inviting the audience to see the world from a new perspective.

Alisia Viola, the curator of the exhibition, has worked closely with Aliteia to create an experience that incorporates performance, photography, and sculpture. Performance art plays a central role as the artist guides participants towards self-acceptance, encouraging freedom of expression without fear of judgment. The exhibited photographs capture the authenticity of those involved, highlighting their imperfections as an integral part of their beauty.

The exhibition goes beyond showcasing artworks; it also serves as a testament to the journey that led to its creation. It is a journey of hope, dreams, and, above all, freedom. Each exhibited work is an act of courage, an affirmation of one’s identity, and a challenge to societal prejudices. The beating heart of The Ballad of Human Mutations is its message: diversity is a gift, and beauty can be found in each individual’s uniqueness. This exhibition challenges contemporary society to redefine its aesthetic values, to see diversity as a virtue, and to look beyond appearances to discover the true beauty of the human being.

The exhibition is open from 26 October to 10 November at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan

Written by Giorgia Massari
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