Nanda Vigo

Born in Milan in 1936, she was a leading figure in the Italian and European avant-garde artistic movements of the 1960s. Her work focuses on the most significant relations between light and space, time and motion.

Chronotopes

Nanda Vigo’s studies in the realms of both architecture and the visual arts are embodied in chronotopes, spaces or objects in which indirect light filtered through reflective and refractive materials – moulded glass, steel, mirrors – creates uncertain impressions dilating the concepts of space and time.

“Chronotopes are activated by people moving in and around them, instilling non-programmable motion in potentially infinite combinations; reflective surfaces and lights create perceptions independent of formal aspects: “a directed reflection can generate an image that the physical eye takes in ready to be conveyed to the mind and recorded, but image-less luminescence can access memory more directly and directly generate physical well-being, too”.

(N. Vigo, 1964).

Nanda Vigo has been creating mirror-pyramids defined as “Spatial Stimulators” since the 1970s, objects capable of attracting space, surrounding architecture and the onlooker to render a multiple and dematerialised vision of reality.

Nanda Vigo has been creating mirror-pyramids defined as “Spatial Stimulators” since the 1970s, objects capable of attracting space, surrounding architecture and the onlooker to render a multiple and dematerialised vision of reality. Nanda Vigo comes from a generation of artists who turned Milan into one of the capitals of world art from the 1960s onwards – Fontana, Manzoni, Gio Ponti; her constant studies into light made her a vital benchmark for the Italian neo-avantgardes. To find out more go to the website  www.nandavigo.com

Diffused light and shimmering light over single-colour surfaces are leitmotifs that dematerialise the tectonic components of architecture.

Prizes and Commendations

1971

New York Award for Industrial Design for the Golden Gate lamp

1976

1st prize in the St. Gobain Award for glass design

2001

MILANO TR. Commendation in the Golden Compass Awards for her Light/Light shelf

2008

LONDON I° Prize at wallpaper awards (best showstopper)

“Nanda invents directionless light to create works that are timeless, occupying a realm where space and time non longer exist.” E. Sottsass, Domus