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This cycle arises from artist’s personal experience too, from his emotional past. His inability to embrace, to receive the other in a protective and reassuring dimension, and his wish to ‘heal’ from such inability, all this was felt by the artist as a disablement, as a lack that pushed him to choice this theme. The purpose was, then, therapeutic, aiming at understanding his own ineptitude to embracing, his fear to show tenderness in emotional displays. So, in order to exorcise his own fear, Marco Chiuchiarelli gives life to passionate images, as in ‘Abbracci’ (Embraces) 1, 2, 3, a sort of pictorial self-invitation that the artist addresses to himself: an exhortation to abandon, to the care for the other.
With ‘Nel seno del padre’ (‘In father’s bosom’), Marco shifts his focus and portrays a father embracing his son. However, the theme of inability is also re-proposed in this canvas: the father’s arms surround his son, but from his distant face comes out a discomfort in making a gesture which should be extremely natural.
‘Politica e religione’ (‘Politics and Religion) deals with the delicate theme of homosexuality from the point of view of civil rights. This is a theme that often generates uneasiness. The ambiguity of embrace in the couple in the painting is a denunciation of the tacit agreement between civil power and religious power which, watching out with obstinacy for preventing homosexuality from obtaining a quick legal acknowledgement, hampered and are still hampering the way for affective unions to be equal before the law, regardless of the sexual gender.
To remark this last request, Marco Chiuchiarelli gives us an unfinished canvas, ‘Eros’, a panel about love as a communicative need beyond the sexual differences, which shows, as in a sequence, a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man. It is universal love that considers embrace as a coming to each other.
The cycle ends with ‘Individuazione’ (‘Individuation’), winner of the Giffoni award 2011, whose supporting idea is the necessity to embrace oneself first as a necessary requirement to embrace the others, a paraphrase of the evangelical ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself.’