Jacopo Miliani (b.1979, Florence; Lives and works in Milan).
In 1926 Karel Teige, a Czech avant-garde artist and designer, illustrated the Western alphabet via photographs depicting the gestures of the dancer Milca Mayerová. This work is the initial reference point for the artist Jacopo Miliani who re-enacts the full ABECEDA by Teige. Miliani is fascinated by how the representation of each letter through the dancer’s body brings an imagination of something different and not immediately recognizable. This concept brought Miliani to the idea of en-acting the same alphabet recreating and mimicking the 20th century style. In order to emphasize the value of representation, Miliani imposed a parrot masque on the face of a dancer, referring to repetition and representation. The parrot, as a bird, is actually a symbol of freedom. Traditionally parrots are also perceived as exotic animals, though they often appear in cages and are increasingly associated to a more domestic and dominated ‘reality’.