Lonely Planet Writer

This model turned her wrinkles into golden art for a Turin exhibition

Wrinkles may be a bit of a touchy subject for most people, but not for Hungarian model-turned-artist Andi Kacziba, who paints them gold and is showing them for the world to see in Turin, Italy.

The artist with her golden-filled wrinkles. Image: Courtesy of Andi Kacziba/Raffaella De Chirico Gallery

On 3 July, Kacziba has opened her “Turning (G)old” exhibition at the Raffaella De Chirico Gallery, right on the banks of the Po river. The highlight of the exhibition is a series of Polaroid pictures of Kacziba’s face, her wrinkles filled in with a mixture of gold and vinyl glue to line them in the most spectacular way. “She knows the world of the personal image very well and knows how to use her face,” says the exhibition’s curator Angela Madesani. Beauty and the apparent obsession with its loss are the true centre of this installation, which echoes the artist’s background in the modeling industry. “It’s natural for her art to focus on these themes,” continues Madesani.

“Vultus 1”. Image: Courtesy of Andi Kacziba/Raffaella De Chirico Gallery

“Her works create a fairytale-like world,” said Madesani. “There are tapestries and spinning wheels, evil queens that refuse to grow old, magic mirrors that steal your face and long ropes that guide us back onto a safe path.”

Ropes and jute sacks create the feeling of elderly skin. Image: Courtesy of Andi Kacziba/Raffaella De Chirico Gallery

That’s why the exhibition also features mirrors. Visitors can reflect themselves in “the default symbol of vanity” and see Kacziba’s golden wrinkles on their own faces. There are also several installations of ropes and jute sacks that resemble elderly skin, hardened by time and the sun.

Another of Kacziba’s polaroids. Image: Courtesy of Andi Kacziba/Raffaella De Chirico Gallery

The Raffaella De Chirico Gallery is open every afternoon of the working week, but it also accepts private bookings and viewings. For details, please see their website here.