Taking care of a new-born child, taking care of an artwork. Giving the same attentions, the same gestures, worrying not to hurt it, not to break anything. The same craving for knowledge. A new-born child becomes the core of the family in which it is born. Everything revolves around that tiny, precious, person in the making. It is not unlikely to hear someone say “Can I hold it?”, and the child is restlessly handed over from person to person. Attention is given to its head, we try our best not to cause it any pain and to make it feel at ease.

“Prendersi cura” (Taking care) a solo show by Lucia Leuci
Curated by Christina Gigliotti
18th January - 3rd March 2018
Polansky Gallery, Prague

"We want to be held.
We want to be loved, nurtured, pampered.
We are not of this world, but we can learn from humans how to love, to empathize.
We too turn cold without touch. Gently take us into your arms, mind our heads, coo us to sleep.
We are the first generation, Sophia’s children.
We are perfect."
Christina Gigliotti

"Taking care of a new-born child, taking care of an artwork. Giving the same attentions, the same gestures, worrying not to hurt it, not to break anything. The same craving for knowledge. A new-born child becomes the core of the family in which it is born. Everything revolves around that tiny, precious, person in the making. It is not unlikely to hear someone say “Can I hold it?”, and the child is restlessly handed over from person to person. Attention is given to its head, we try our best not to cause it any pain and to make it feel at ease. Shifting context, the arrival of a sculpture in a place is, as well, an event marked by many manifestations of consideration, attentions, and the concern for it not to break. Still, it’s an inanimate being, often very solid, unlike a child. These two subjects are shown the same attention, the same dedication full of prudence, accuracy, worry on the verge of reverence. This “taking care”, this overlapping of the artwork and the child, serves as the basis of my project. I’d like to highlight how much, in this exhibition, the acting character who holds the doll plays the role of co-protagonist and key actor, being herself too creator of an emotional project and analysis. If, on the one hand, there has been a long preparation, which consisted in seams and casts, doing and undoing of the subjects, creating an ideal prequel to the action taking place inside the gallery (a preparation having itself, once more, motherly features); on the other hand these dolls become a pretext, humble props in a setting of psychological enactment to the people holding them." 
Lucia Leuci

Lucia Leuci (b. 1977; Bari, IT) lives and works in Milan.
Recent solo exhibitions include: “Prendersi cura” curated by Christina Gigliotti, Polansky Gallery, Prague; “Materia prima” curated by /77, Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Milan; “Mamme cattive, bambini creoli”, TILE Project Space, Milan; “Alley”, presented by Contemporary Art Advisory, Giorgio Galotti project room, Turin; “Rose’s Portrait”, The Art Markets, Milan; “My Heart’s With You”, curated by Alex Ross, 63rd-77th Steps, Bari and “Tukatuka” with Michele Gabriele, CRAC, Cremona; "Sabato pomeriggio #2" GAFF, Milan; “Sabato pomeriggio" Localedue, Bologna, txt Marco Tagliafierro. 
Recent group exhibitions:“Assiette ou Virage et Dérapage” curated by Something Must Break, Milan, “Biennale of Future Contemporary Arts”, FSC, Copenhagen; “You would like that we were not here. But we are too emotionally absorbed by the home sickness of places that we’ll see only from the windows of our Bentleys” curated by Michele Gabriele, Milan; “Trigger Parties” a project by Siliqoon, Marsèlleria, Milan, “BubbleTea”, curated by PANE project, Milan; “Cupid’s Clearasil” Country Bumpkin, Portland; “Come!”, The Ghost Gallery, Paris; “A night out of town”, Clima Gallery, Milan; “Kelly Bar” curated by PANE project, Milan; The choral project “Susy Culinsky & Friends” by Beatrice Marchi, Fanta Spazio, Milan; “Chapter #2 / Soprannaturale”, Tintoria, Milan; “AFA2”, curated by 63rd-77th Steps, Pane&Pomodoro, Bari; “ALWAYS BRIAN (ti amo)”, curated by 63rd-77th STEPS, FAL, Bari and “Speedboat”, curated by Alex Ross, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York. In 2016 she founded PANE, an artist run project based in Milan.