MASSIMO AGOSTINELLI

M A S S I M O A G O S T I N E L L I

NELSON MANDELA | LEAN AND SOLEMN

Anagrams Series '2015'

Dimensions: 160 x 125cm

Medium: Lenticular pigment

Background: This photograph of Nelson Mandela was taken in 1990, only 2 days after being released from a 27 year prison sentence as he gestured to more than 100,000 supporters in Soweto in Cape Town, South Africa. Mandela was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Mandela will always be remembered as a lean, formal and dignified man who worked to achieve human rights and a better future for everyone in South Africa.

Process: Agostinelli works with lenticular pigment for the ' Anagrams Series, 2015' by using the lenticular lens printing process, directed onto resin based plastic substrate, which forms a 3D effect with a flip image, revealing several layers of hidden meaning and depth. Agostinelli's recognisable block capital text is overlaid onto the black and white image. Upon moving from the centre of the piece, the viewer experiences the anagram of 'NELSON MANDELA' to reveal 'LEAN AND SOLEMN'. The lenticular acrylic pigment is used in a complex multi step process consisting of several images and frames interlacing to combine what appears to be an image with real depth and three-dimensional effects. The lenticular lens allows for the ‘Anagram Text’ to alternate and flip back and forth seamlessly depending on the angle viewed.