Wake-up call

Solo exhibition - Luca Staccioli

With a critical text by Irene Sofia Comi

26th January - 9th March, 2023

Opening 26th January, 3pm - 9pm


ArtNoble gallery is pleased to present Wake-up call, a solo exhibition by Luca Staccioli accompanied by a critical text written by Irene Sofia Comi.

Wake-up call transforms the gallery space into a place of play and re-imagination. The dialogue between the artist and his child ‘alter ego’ acts as a centrifuge: leisure and recreation, productivity and work, places and dreams mingle and intertwine, offering the visitor unexpected critical perspectives.

Toy-sculptures depicting shopping trolleys are scattered on the ground to form an alienating playground, remains of a playtime that, instead of being a spontaneous and carefree construction of identity, is actually eroded by consumption. The series ‘Checkout’, in fact, reformulates the hyper-present and hyper-fast icon of online shopping that becomes a fetish, as fetishised are the goods it contains. The trolleys thus appear both as a votive ruin and as precious material with which childhood trains for adulthood: a gymnasium of homologising consumption and productivity.

On the wall, can be found the photographic series Familiar Stories (returns), which immortalises maquettes of domestic places reconstructed in play-doh and inhabited by paper figures from archival photographs of prisoners, redrawn and shaped. The anonymous characters are decontextualised, their unspoken origins externalising History and its oppressive presence. The artist imagines a child who, browsing through family albums, finds figures of war and violence and turns them into object-actors in his game. The instant of the game, stopped by the photographic shot, reveals the nightmares hidden in everyday life, the theatricalisation of intimate places in social networks and our being puppets of a play already written. In dialogue, drawings from the series Studio per una protesta: cieli in which prisoners and everyday memories free themselves, dive, and dance together, opening up the imagination of new possibilities.


Entering deeper into the space of the gallery, one finally finds oneself in front of ‘Castello (di sabbia?)’, an installation made of ceramics that recalls the bas-reliefs of antiquity, decorative greeks, metopes and columns. Instead of battles, heroic deeds and moments of bucolic life, however, the work depicts busy streets, car parks, supermarkets, offices and aseptic domestic places, stripped of all human presence. A collection of false myths characteristic of the present, thus composing the turrets, parapets and loopholes of a dream castle, a projection of future beauty and prosperity but also of limitations and constraints.

And suddenly, Wake-up call! Do we still feel free? The sound of bells fills the gallery, a call to arms that awakens us and urges us to transform the reality in which we are immersed?

Past Exhibitions

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    03.12.22 - 10.12.22

    Tagli's residency restitution exhibition with works by Maite de Orbe, Ludovico Orombelli, Luca Staccioli and Davide Stucchi, curated by Tagli


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  • Tre modi per dire la stessa cosa

    20.09.22 - 24.11.22

    Martina Cassatella, Roberto de Pinto and Emilio Gola, group exhibition curated by Antonio Grulli

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  • Una Boccata d'Arte 2022

    25.06.22 - 18.09.22

    Antonio Della Guardia's site specific intervention for Una Boccata d'Arte 2022, project by Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua


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  • Frammentazione e unità

    25.05.22 - 28.07.22

    Alberto Selvestrel, solo exhibition

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  • Miraggio Inferiore

    03.03.22 - 29.04.22

    Roberto Alfano, solo exhibition curated by Piergiorgio Caserini

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  • Bits & Cream. Metabolizzazione d'Archivio

    25.11.21 - 28.01.22

    Giulia Mangoni, solo exhibition with a critical text by Giulia Floris

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  • Trois auteurs d'Histoire

    14.09.21 - 28.10.21

    Nelson Makengo, Georges Senga and Pamela Tulizo, group exhibition

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  • Una Boccata d'Arte 2021: Mercatorum

    26.06.21 - 26.09.21

    Campostabile's site specific intervention for Una boccata d'Arte 2021, project by Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua


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  • The Wall Project No.10 #GROUPSHOW

    01.07.21 - 28.07.21

    Artoday: group exhibition with works by Manuel Fois, Alina Vergnano, Alan Borguet, Andrea Carpita, Marco Bongiorni, Cosimo Casoni, Stefano Perrone, Ludovica Anversa, Jimmy Milani and Maddalena Tesser


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  • Zeitgeber (donatore di tempo)

    22.04.21 - 12.06.21

    Giovanni Chiamenti, Simon Nicasz-Dean, Michele Guido, Katherine Jones, Giulia Mangoni, Edoardo Manzoni and Silvia Mariotti, group exhibition with a text by Michele Guido


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  • Una boccata d'Arte 2020: Il comizio, la merenda, il canto

    12.09.2020 - 11.10.2020

    Alice Visentin's site specific intervention for the first edition of Una boccata d'Arte, project by Fondazione Elpis and Galleria Continua


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  • Dialogues

    01.10.2020 - 15.10.2020

    Alberto Selvestrel, solo exhibition

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