Quaranta Giorni and Cuarenta Noches ritratti di Carolina Correa

Carolina Correa

Quaranta Giorni and Cuarenta Noches

Quaranta Giorni and Cuarenta Noches will feature Carolina Correa’s portraits of Italian-Argentinian migrants. The exhibit tells the story of migration through the eyes of a direct descendant. The featured individuals are relatives of the artist and her friends, the most important being her great-grandfather Dominico Vitulano. The portraits represent the period between WWI and WWII in which Italians immigrated to Argentina to seek refuge from war-induced poverty. The Italian-Spanish title Quaranta Giorni and Cuarenta Noches translates to “40 days and 40 nights” and is a direct reference to the amount of time it took to travel by boat from Italy to Buenos Aires. Each portrait is accompanied by the original photo on which the portrait is based and the year when the subject immigrated to Argentina. Old luggage and replicated objects of those featured in the portraits will be displayed alongside the paintings for a deeper communication of the journey experienced. The exhibit represents not only stories of migration but also family, poverty, memories, and a sense of identity. 

 

Artist Bio

Carolina Correa is a painter from Buenos Aires, Argentina living in Florence, Italy. She has painted her entire life, but originally studied fashion design at the University of Buenos Aires. She took art classes while she lived in Argentina, and when her studies ended in 2016 she decided to move abroad to keep practicing, finding herself in Florence. Here, she took a class on oil painting and eventually made the decision to move here full time. While studying in Florence she discovered the palette knife method of oil painting, which has remained her preferred medium ever since. Correa is inspired by pop art and the use of many colors. She works and teaches in her own studio where she partners with local artists. In 2020, her paintings were featured in a cocktail book entitled “Animal Kingdom”, from the Atrium Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence.  She aims to share her artistic passion with others, with her personal endeavors, commissioned pieces, and techniques. 

 

Doménico Vitulano
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas

Born in Molfetta, Province of Bari, Puglia. 
Disembarked from the ship Augustus in Buenos Aires on 13 April,1910, at the age of 24.

Ema Celestina Pierina Birchner
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas

Born in Piemonte on 24th of September 1899. Disembarked in Buenos Aires on the 1st of October,1923, at the age of 24.

María Mastroianni
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas 

Born in Caserta, Campania
Disembarked from the ship Duilio in Buenos Aires 
On the 7th of September, 1930, at the age of 5 years.

Doménico Amantea
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas

Born in Gioiosa Ionica, Calabria. Disembarked from the ship Etna in Buenos Aires. On the 10th of November, 1948.

Marietta Cosentino
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas 

Born in Acri, Province of Cosenza, Calabria. Disembarked from the ship Atlanta in Buenos Aires. On the 3rd of February, 1928, at the age of 3 years.

Urbano Petroselli
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas 

Born in Macerata, Le Marche. Disembarked from the ship Guilio Cesare in Buenos Aires. On the 1st of July, 1927, at the age of 4 years.

Vincenzo Re – Giovanna Incremona
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas 

Born in Ragusa, Sicilia.
Disembarked in Buenos Aires on the 12th of January, 1884. They were married in Rosario, Province of Santa Fe – Argentina.

Angelo Salerno
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas

Born in Acerno, Province of Salerno, Campania. Disembarked the ship Duca di Genova in Buenos Aires  on the 15th of November, 1913, at the age of 30 years.

Santo Picco
60cm x 50cm

Oil painting with palette knife on canvas

Born in Genova on the 26h of March, 1866.
Disembarked in Buenos Aires from the ship Caffaro on the 17th of June, 1892, at the age of 25