La Smorfia (The numbers of the Smorfia lottery game in Naples)


For these theme Biagio has especially constructed a rich and fascinating narrative, exploring the mystical subtleties
of the numerological systems of the Smorfia (In Naples people who are about to buy lottery tickets ask dream interpreters to convert all their experiences during the day and their dreams during the night into numbers).
These painting series, etching series, video and live performance were created between 1998 – 2002.

Every situation, happenings, objects and events has allocated one or more numbers.

 

The lottery system table in Italy is from 1 – 90.

 

Some attributed numbers from the Neapolitan book “La Smorfia”:

 

Italian                                       Neapolitan                               English

 

  4  il maiale                                      'O puorco                                            The pork

14  l’ubriaco                                      'O mbriaco                                          The drunkard

16   il sedere                                      'O culo                                                The ass

20  la festa                                        'A festa                                               The party / feast

22  il pazzo                                        'O pazzo                                              The crazy person      

34  la testa                                        'A capa                                                The head

48  il morto che parla                     'O muorto che pparla                       A dead person speaking

55  la musica                                    'A museca                                           The music

57  il gobbo                                      'O scartellato                                      The hunchbacked person

62  il morto ammazzato                 'O muorto acciso                               The killed person

76  la fontana                                   'A funtana                                           The fountain

85  le anime dei purgatorio            Ll'aneme d' 'o priatorio                     The tormented souls in the purgatory

90  la paura                                      'A paura                                               The fear

 

                                            

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La Smorfia
Paintings series of 6 artworks
Oil and collage
on cardboard
55  x 80 cm
1999

Some paintings are SOLD
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La Smorfia
Paintings series of 14 artworks
Oil on cardboard
35  x 45 cm
1999

Some paintings are SOLD

SOLD

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La Smorfia
Photo-Etchings with chine collé
Series of 24 artworks
in colour
21  x 28 cm paper size
14 x 16 cm image size
2000

Many prints are SOLD
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La Smorfia
Photo-Etchings
Series of 24 artworks
in black and white
21  x 28 cm paper size
14 x 16 cm image size
2000

Many prints are SOLD
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The video and the live performance has been created in 2001 in collaboration with the
Swiss coreographer and dancer Andrea Herdeg.

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In the beginning of his art career Biagio has especially constructed a rich and fascinating narrative, exploring the mystical subtleties of the numerological systems of the Smorfia (In Naples people who are about to buy lottery tickets ask dream interpreters to convert all their experiences during the day and their dreams during the night into numbers) and juxtaxposing these into the stark, and harsh realities of London urban life.

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Brick Lane
Etching
10 x 23 cm image size
1999
Ed. 25

SOLD
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Petticoat Lane
Etching
12,5 x 29 cm image size
1999
Ed. 25

SOLD
Soho
Etching
9 x 40 cm image size
1999
Ed. 25

SOLD
Soho
Etching with Chine Collé
22 x 46 cm image size
1999
Unique (Ed. 25)

SOLD
Pub in North London
Etching and Aquatint
Ca. 10 x 40 cm
1999
Ed. 25

SOLD
Pub in North London 2
Etching and Aquatint
Ca. 12 x 35 cm
1999
Ed. 25

SOLD
The Dome Pub, Soho
Etching and Aquatint
Ca. 12 x 40 cm
1999
Ed. 25

SOLD
Old Street
Etching
9 x 20,5 cm image size
1999
Ed. 25

SOLD
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The Shop Window
Dry Point
10 x 15 cm image size
2008
Ed. 25

SOLD
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Cocktail Lady
Dry Point
8 x 18 cm image size
2009
Ed. 25

SOLD
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Gomorrah, the Mediator –
Land of Fires
Dry Point
10 x 15 cm image size
2008
Ed. 25

SOLD