Olimpia Zagnoli Demonstrates "How to eat spaghetti like a lady"

May 25, 2017Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milan

The Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli gives us all the advice (and color) we need at her new solo show at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea's Little Circus space in Milan. Plus, she channels a little Eisenstaedt in the work. 

The stars of this new series of works, created especially for the exhibition, are women, that Olimpia, with her usual freshness and essential nature of lines and colors, depicts in the act of subverting the rules of conduct that they are usually required to follow in public. The show “How To Eat Spaghetti Like A Lady” overturns the series of photographs of the same name taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt, published in the American magazine Time Life in 1942, which is presented as a tutorial made of eight close-ups portraying a charming model in the act of composedly consuming a plate of spaghetti.

With her works, Olimpia Zagnoli opens a window through which we can glimpse a fragment of the moment when, in their domestic intimacy, women voluntary forget the precepts of their education. And it is exactly at the same time that “they do what shouldn’t be done, they create new paths and new languages. There will be the woman who eats her spaghetti in bed, the one who eats them upside-down, the one who weaves them with her own hair, and so on”, says Olimpia.