2. Tutti Morti, 2020, fur and prosthesis
3. We will not be there, 2019, stuffed squirrel, wood, humerus.
1. Building with the death, 2018, resin sculpture, h 40 cm
3. Adalberto Abbate, Triumph of death, 2018, mixed media.
Adalberto Abbate's work is characterized by a strong social and anthropological imprint. The starting point is a careful study of everyday life, of history and of the most urgent social problems, sometimes reread in an ironic and irreverent way. The artist's field of investigation are also the mechanisms of memory and the perception of truth, which bring the discourse back to a more subjective level. The result is therefore a research that combines social dynamics with a more specifically individual sphere, with the aim of highlighting the complex facets of contemporary horror / error. His works - paintings, sculptures, but also photographs and video installations - are characterized by wanting to represent a real and grotesque dimension on the edge of cynicism and truth; an example is the Catholicism Addiction Disorder series, where the artist triggers a reflection on the evident interference between the individual and the religious system. Adalberto Abbate usually works with different media, moving from photography to installation, from painting to sculpture. In every linguistic field, his is always a work linked to everyday life and to the mechanisms of memory, creating ironic, surreal and evocative situations from time to time. Adalberto Abbate's works take a voice and are transformed into something more than a simple social denunciation. The strong intention is certainly to investigate real life, sometimes as a form of self-defense, in any case always through a disenchanted and cruel gaze that forces the reality in which we are used to live to change and to bend to other rules, to other dynamics. For his installations and photographs, Adalberto Abbate meticulously studies historical events and media phenomena, creating points of collision and discussion in and of the present. From a certain perspective, Abbate's work is the result of an anthropological investigation, elaborated on the evidence as well as on the less visible aspects of the social. Since the works are devoid of any trace of possible redemption, they often take on a disturbing and sinister dimension. What appears most worrying is the extreme realism of his works, mirroring the horrors of our contemporary, to the point that it is not possible to identify them as fiction, rather as grotesque realism, a mix between cynicism and debasement. This is probably one of the most striking aspects in his various researches: the awareness of collecting and selecting, of decontextualizing and then reconstructing according to a new hierarchy of meaning.