Moira Ricci - Totem

Moira Ricci Totem

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7 August – 30 September 2021

Conceived as a real monument-simulacrum to evoke the hero who marked her childhood, Moira Ricci erects a 5-meter-high sculpture on the hills of Fonteblanda depicting the iconic arm of Grendizer, a cult cartoon that from the end of the 70s revolutionized the imagination of entire generations.

In this occasion the superhero cartoon character becomes the transfiguration of the savior, an ultra-earthly entity devoted to protecting the earth and mankind from dark threats. For the artist, in fact, salvation will come from heaven, the same sky that in the rural tradition of the hinterland has a fundamental role in marking the crops and daily life.

Moira Ricci’s project entitled ‘Totem’ is supported by the Region of Tuscany as the winner of the call ToscanaIncontemporanea2021.



Moira Ricci was born in 1977 in Orbetello, she studied at the CFP Bauer in Milan, obtaining a diploma in photography in 1998. She continued her studies in the disciplines of Multimedia Arts and Visual Communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, graduating in 2005. In her work, often of autobiographical inspiration, Moira Ricci explores the themes of personal and social identity, as well as narratives of everyday life and everything that surrounds it, including the rural world of the Maremma, its myths and peasant stories. The artist lives and works between Rimini and the Maremma.

Among her most prestigious exhibitions: 2019, Round Trip, Palazzo di Lorenzo, Gibellina (TP); 2016, Other times, Other Myths – 16th Art Quadrennial, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; 2015, Land Capital. Spazio Oberdan, Milan; 2013, Self-portraits. Registration of Feminine and Italian Contemporary Art, Mambo, Bologna; 2009, From Dark to Dark. PAC, Ferrara, 2009, Realty Manipulating. How Images Redefine the Word. Strozzina-Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; – 2009, Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography, Arles (F)