Ombra ["Shadow" Armchair] (1986)
The project series documents "Ombra", an installation presented for the first time at the Expo Arte of Galleria Speciale, in Bari, in 1986. It consists of an overcoat with flexible elements inserted in the lining of the fabric that form a structure to either create a seat for the wearer to sit on it or to stand on its own, if not worn. "So the multiplicity of roles, functions and subjects gives rise to an ambiguity, and a source of anxiety for he who, having conceived, made and “inhabited” it, perceives its more disquieting implications, those of an anomalous shadow, of another self that exists even in our absence." 
The project series contains a sketch, photographs of the installation at the Galleria Speciale in 1986, a montage of film stills from Pettena's video explaining the installation, and digital versions of the installation film.
 Gianni Pettena website, https://www.giannipettena.it/italiano/opere-1/inst-armchair-1986/ (last accessed 11 December 2019).
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