We’ve been infatuated with Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli’s work for quite some time now, and we recently had a little lusty flare-up on account of her new solo show How To Eat Spaghetti Like A Lady. If you’re not familiar with Olimpia’s work, we’ll give you a swift intro. She lives and works in Milan, and you’ll see her work splashed across the pages of major newspapers like The New Yorker and The Guardian, book covers she’s designed for Penguin and Taschen and many-a clever collaboration with the who's who of global culture. So yah, she’s a pretty big deal.
The show was inspired by a series of photographs of the same title taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, published in Time Life in 1924. The series was a tutorial made of eight close-ups portraying a charming, beautiful model in the act of timidly, politely eating a plate of spaghetti. Olimpia, enraged by the series, decided to make her own version wherein she reveals “moments of domestic intimacy in which women are free to enjoy a plate of spaghetti however the fuck they want.” Damn yeah, they are.
The result is a total subversion of the original featuring flat, colourful illustrations of ladies eating spaghetti in ways that are creative and full of attitude. “They do what shouldn’t be done, they create new paths and new languages. There will be the woman who eats her spaghetti in bed, the one who eats them upside-down, the one who weaves them with her own hair, and so on”, says Olimpia.
The collection of limited edition screen prints of figures in bright colours and original pencil works on paper will be open through the end of July at Antonia Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milan.
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